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.