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Winter brings its own Challenges for Railways

Snow and Ice removal requires a Winter Plan This winter we have been dropped into a cold snap that has been accompanied by a consistent snowfall. When prolonged period of minus zero occur we often have to deal with ice build up on the rails. Ice and snow compacted into switches, frogs and crossing can

By |2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00February 2nd, 2017|Safety|

Historic Trains #1077 at Fort Steele

Fort Steele Railway Company. If you are visiting the East Kootenay and have an opportunity to ride the Historic Fort Steele Railway it is a terrific experience. You travel through the beautiful countryside on a 1923 steam train. The railway is situated in the Fort Steele Heritage Town 16 KM north of Cranbrook. Fort Steele

By |2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00January 16th, 2017|Railroading|

Blue Flag Requirements

When is a Blue Flag Required. Blue flag protection must be in place anytime persons are working on or around railway cars when... Transloading dangerous goods Transloading non-dangerous goods When inspecting railway equipment Repairing railway equipment and any other situation where persons could be at risk of an unintended movement.  The regulatory requirements for the

By |2017-06-21T11:29:46+00:00December 21st, 2016|Safety|

The Polar Express & the Alberta Prairie Railway

All aboard! The next stop…  the North Pole!   This year in Stettler Alberta a very special experience awaits children of all ages. From Dec 1st to the 21st on special weeknights and weekends a magical train ride to the North Pole occurs on The Polar Express. Your first class ticket takes you on a

By |2017-06-21T11:29:47+00:00December 1st, 2016|Railroading|

Can You Hear That Train A Comin’?

  Jukebox Leigh, 2013 While Leigh sings Johnny Cash and other classics we need to keep in mind how important our hearing is with respect to work safety and overall health. Sometimes our inner rock star compels us to boost the volume control right to "11" because we just can't get enough of

By |2017-06-21T11:29:47+00:00November 28th, 2016|Safety|

Boundary Trail Railway Company

The BTRC is a locally owned shortline railway in south central Manitoba. The BTRC began 8 years ago when the CP sold the railway between Binney and Morden in the Pembina and Stanley municipalities. The track was scheduled for salvage when members of the local agricultural community struck a deal to purchase 23 route miles

By |2017-06-21T11:29:47+00:00November 23rd, 2016|Railroading|

Canada’s Number One Industrial Railway Safety Forum

We Can't Thank You Enough! The Industrial Railway Safety Conference is a growing forum for health and safety professionals, railway operators, suppliers and regulators to all come together and to gain insight on the most up-to-date information on Safety, Technology, Operations Management, and Rules and Regulations. The success of this event has largely been the

By |2017-06-21T11:29:47+00:00November 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Rail Trail

The Okanagan Rail Trail is Rolling Along Okanagan Rail Trail website front page There are rare occasions where a defunct railway can leave a legacy behind in the way of a Park. In BC the Okanagan line between Coldstream and Kelowna is managing exactly that. The original CN line was converted to a

By |2017-06-21T11:29:47+00:00November 14th, 2016|Railroading|

Derail Use to Protect Employees

IROR Rule 23 Derails Derail properly installed on rail Derails are used to protect employees and equipment while employees are loading/unloading equipment with dangerous goods. Rule 23.4 reads: “Derails must be left secured with a locking device controlled by the facility when equipment containing dangerous goods is being loaded or unloaded”. Scenario You

By |2017-06-21T11:29:47+00:00November 10th, 2016|Safety, Training|

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day November 11th Veterans "Lest We Forget" Memorial and Canadian Flag, St. Catherines, Ontario - Source RCL On Friday November 11th we will be honoring our Veterans in Canada for their courageous service to our country and to those who have supported us in the fight for freedom and human rights. We

By |2017-06-21T11:29:47+00:00November 8th, 2016|Safety|