Sunday, April 20, 2014

CN Derailment Today

CN 532 derailed about 5-7 cars around 12:55 today, just south of St. Norbert outside Winnipeg. Fortunately nobody was hurt and the cars did not contain any dangerous goods. Crews were on the scene to start cleaning up. I went there later in the afternoon and took some photos.

The police had one of the southbound #75 lanes blocked so the equipment could park, and the scene was taped off. I was able to shoot a fair bit from the "good" side of the tape. I had a nice conversation with one of Winnipeg's finest about railfans!

This is looking south from the bridge over the La Salle River. There were a few pipe loads involved in the derailment.

The CN boxcar involved in the derailment.

One crane was on site beginning to try to rerail a pipe car.

One lane was blocked off. The backhoe was going in to start digging an approach road to the scene.

One truck of NCIX 1251 was off the rails.

The "big hook" on scene. It wasn't being deployed when I arrived. It was probably waiting for the road to be built.

A view from the south end. You can see two hopper cars (with plastic pellets onboard, according to the news reports) and the CN boxcar.

The derailment scene is at 49.759548, -97.151342 if you want to look it up on Google Maps.

One bystander told me that the rest of the train had been south of the scene, but it was gone by the time I arrived. I presume they continued south to Emerson.

News reports: CBC and Winnipeg Free Press


Unknown said...

It would have been great to see the "Big Hook" in action.

Canadian Train Geek said...

I agree!

mbhydro said...

As of 11am there is a long string of cars lead by 4 locos sitting just south of the Red River Speedway @ St. Adolph. I guess they were heading inbound (north) to Winnipeg and waiting for the line to clear.

I guess quicker to hold it there than route it to the CP line in Morris and eventually have it come back to Symington through Paddington.

Canadian Train Geek said...

I had a quick look this morning at the site around 9 AM and it looked like it was mostly cleaned up. I imagine the line will be open very soon.

Unknown said...

There was a small CN derailment at Kenaston Blvd. on the CN spur beside the CP Lariviere. Pictures soon.

Unknown said...

Pictures with news reports:

Unknown said...

Apparently CN 533 derailed in Emerson today. Saw it on CTV news.

Canadian Train Geek said...

Yes, good thing it was a minor switching incident.