Saturday, May 14, 2016

Derailment Week

There were three derailments in the news this week. Quite an unfortunate run.


The Quebec, North Shore and Labrador (QNSL) railway derailed 14 cars (and perhaps the locomotive?) between Sept-Îles and Schefferville, Quebec on May 11. Nobody was injured and there is no environmental issue, according to the company.

This was a better outcome than the derailment in November 2014 that claimed the life of engineer (and sole crewman) Enrick Gagnon. The train ran into a landslide and the train derailed and ended up in the Moisie River.

Canadian Pacific

On the same day, May 11, CP train N51 derailed the last 17 cars of the train at mile 97 (Cheviot) of the CP Sutherland subdivision just outside Saskatoon, SK. Again, fortunately, there were no injuries and no environmental release.


On May 9, CN train 121 derailed 8 cars near Plaster Rock, NB. They were quickly righted and the train continued on with only a few hours' delay.

The RCMP are saying that the derailment was caused by a 'deliberate act' and they are looking for an ATV driver who was seen in the area.

Let's hope the individual(s) responsible are brought to justice. There is no need for that.

Let's also hope that next week is a much quieter week!


South Shore Modeller said...

Also...Pan Am Southern (PAS) 22K Eastbound derailed today in Charlemont, MA. No injuries reported.

Canadian Train Geek said...

Glad it's not Rail Safety Week. :P