Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. says freight trains will begin moving again between Vancouver and Kamloops by midday Tuesday, after crews worked to repair rail damage from last week’s flooding.
CP said hundreds of people worked around the clock to repair the tracks in 30 locations, in an effort to restore rail service on the carrier’s busiest corridor. The damage severed rail links to the Port of Vancouver, the country’s biggest marine shipping hub.
Record rain on Nov. 14 caused floods and mudslides in southern British Columbia, destroying railway bridges, roads and other vital infrastructure.
“As CP resumes operations and moves from restoration to recovery, CP will closely co-ordinate with customers and terminals to clear the backlogs as quickly and efficiently as possible,” the company said in a news release.
“While the railroad may have reopened, there remains a difficult road ahead for B.C. residents and businesses impacted by this event. CP continues to work closely with local and B.C. authorities and Indigenous communities in the Fraser Canyon to coordinate the delivery of critical materials, equipment, food and fuel.”
Canadian National Railway Co. said on Friday that work on its rail network in the region is expected to continue until the middle of this week.
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