Saturday, April 30, 2011

Uno Derailment

CN train #105 (Q10541-29) derailed at mile 185.7 on the CN Rivers subdivision at 05:40 local time this morning. This is near Uno, Manitoba and was apparently on a bridge.

VIA 1, the westbound Canadian, was held at Winnipeg for 8 hours before finally departing at 8 PM.

CN detoured at least three westbound trains (CN 115, CN 111, CN 101) over their Prairie Northern Line. They left the Rivers sub at Portage la Prairie, heading northwest on the CN Gladstone subdivision to Dauphin MB, then onto the CN Togo subdivision to Canora, SK then down the CN Yorkton subdivision to Melville SK where they would rejoin the CN main line.

CBC News reported that 11 loaded and 33 empty containers went off. One source told me that they blew off the train in high winds. I know it was quite windy in Winnipeg last night.

CN's state of the railway still shows the derailment in effect.

Jason Jongen reported a very late VIA 2 into Washago, ON due to another CN derailment, this time "on the Bala subdivision south of Drocourt". Jason reported that VIA ended up running on CP tracks, an unusual routing for the Canadian.

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