Update: Network Operations in Western Canada

blog | Jul 12, 2021

Update: Network Operations in Western Canada

We would like to update you on the network operations in Western Canada in relation to the wildfires in the Lytton, B.C. area. 

CN has received a cease operations order from Transport Canada, effective for a period of 48 hours as of July 9, 2021 00:01PT between Kamloops and Boston Bar, British Columbia. All rail operations, except those required for emergency fire response or maintenance and repair work, will cease in this area. In conjunction with the cease of operations, CN will also be suspending hot car and shutdown process during this time period.   
We continue to work closely with the local authorities and First Nations. In the interim, CN is also working to detour limited traffic where possible in order to decongest the network. 
CN is working with all stakeholders, including the First Nations, to reopen the Lillooet line, which runs from Vancouver to Prince George via Squamish, Lillooet, Exeter and Quesnel, for limited traffic, primarily in B.C. North. This will be limited to approximately 80 cars per day. 

A reminder that at this time, an embargo has been issued preventing traffic to be billed Westbound to Vancouver from northern B.C. and east of Kamloops, and from the BNSF, UP and Vancouver area towards the East. The BNSF and UP traffic into the Vancouver area is permitted. Please note that CN will not be issuing permits until the cease to operate order is lifted. 
Intermodal traffic is not impacted by this embargo. It is strictly focused on carload traffic.  
The following information applies to intermodal traffic: 
Domestic Intermodal  
We will continue to honour ingate movement at all terminals across the network during the localized operating pause. This includes originating and destined traffic to Vancouver.  
We will continue to closely monitor terminal fluidity and equipment capacity over the next 48 hours.  
Expect 72 to 96 hour delays on train departures and travel time for originating and destined domestic traffic to and from Vancouver. 
International Intermodal 
We will continue to load import traffic at the ports located in B.C. South to the extent which the current car supply can accommodate. 

Acceptance of export loads and empties destined to ports in Vancouver will continue to be restricted. We will review the ingate acceptance of traffic on a case-by-case basis, and will continue to keep you updated should the situation change.

We will continue to keep you updated of any further developments. 

Source : CN