Flooding in southern British Columbia continues to present logistical challenges for exporters as Canadian National has shut down service along the key freight corridor due to heavy rainfall.
The Montreal-based railroad said it moved seven trains over the weekend, but decided to “proactively shut down its network” because the rain was causing an increase in debris, washouts and landslides.
CN says northbound and eastbound traffic to and from Vancouver is still affected by this situation.
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. cars loaded with prairie grain and fuel entered Vancouver last Wednesday for the first time in days after its rail corridor sustained heavy damage at some 30 locations between Vancouver and Kamloops, in British Columbia.
However, the Calgary-based railroad says it needs access to CN tracks on its busiest corridor where they share rail infrastructure in order to maximize capacity.
In the country’s busiest port, large numbers of freighters are anchored and prevented from unloading their loads while empty shipping containers are repatriated to Asia.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 29, 2021.
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