Joplin, Midwest market hub, is back to business

In May of 2011, a tornado destroyed a region of Missouri and a lot of attention was placed on city of Joplin. The city of Joplin is the transportation hub of the region and is located near the center of United States which is central to the Mexican and Canadian borders.
The region is now back and open for business. All the areas damaged by tornado are rebuilt and power has being restored. This region continues to grow and is one of the countries strongest logistic sites. There are three Class 1 railroads and two regional short-line railroads which are a very important part of our domestic and international transportation system. These rail ways are direct connections to major ports on the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean. Also, Joplin’s Regional airport offers commercial and cargo air services to different world markets.   We are please to see their operations are back to normal.

Western Canada-Northern USA rail delays

June 21,2011- approximately 1445 Pacific Time-USA, a mainline outage occurred at Albert Canyon between Golden and Revelstoke in British Columbia. Crews are on scene and once an estimate of line clear is available, we will provide an update.

In southern Saskatchewan, the Souris River remains high and fast-flowing on portions of the Weyburn Subdivision between the Canada/U.S. border and Moose Jaw. The railway’s reroute plan is fully activated with shipments being moved over other gateways including over the Great Lakes. It is estimated this part of the line will be out of service for a week to ten days.

Just south of the border, the situation at Minot, North Dakota has worsened over the past 24 hours with city officials issuing a mandatory evacuation notice to over 10,000 residents. If the water reaches the newly predicted levels, it will top the record set in 1881 by over six feet and put CP’s mainline out of service sometime Wednesday as it rises. The river is expected to crest on Monday, June 27.

To mitigate the delays in the Portal Corridor from Glenwood to the border at Portal, we are pulling shipments back to Glenwood to fold into the trains being routed over the Noyes/Emerson and eastern gateways. Depending on the routing of the shipments, delays between 24 and 48 hours will occur. There is no impact to traffic moving between eastern and western Canada.

To view photos of the washouts and a map of the areas that are out of service and under watch, please click here. As the conditions change, embargos will be amended and/or removed.