CP Rail service restored between Kamloops and Vancouver

CP Rail line reopens

Trains are moving again between Kamloops and Vancouver.

Dave Walkem posted pictures on Facebook Tuesday morning showing the first train in several days passing through Spences Bridge. It appeared to be hauling several oil tank cars.

CP Rail announced Monday that it would be resuming service Tuesday, Nov. 23, after crews worked around the clock to repair portions of track washed out and damaged during the torrential rain that hit southern B.C. Nov. 14.

Thirty locations across CP's Thompson and Cascade subdivisions were damaged, including 20 areas with significant loss of infrastructure.

"I am extremely proud of the CP team. Their extraordinary dedication, grit and perseverance in the face of extremely challenging conditions are the reasons we are able to restore our vital rail network in only eight days," said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO. "The following 10 days will be critical. As we move from response to recovery to full service resumption, our focus will be on working with customers to get the supply chain back in sync."

The railway has also pitched in to help during the emergency.

It has been working with B.C. government and local authorities as well as Indigenous communities in the Fraser Canyon to coordinate deliveries of food, fuel and other needed supplies.

CP teams arranged food delivery to the Spuzzum First Nation, secured 10 portable generators to be delivered to the Cooks Ferry First Nation and arranged meals, milk and baby formula for the Boston Bar Food Bank.

Canadian National issued a statement saying the railway plans to restore limited service over flood-affected track by Wednesday "barring any unforeseen issues."

Supply chain troubles, including a precautionary closure of the Trans Mountain pipeline, have led to some shortages. The B.C. government said Monday that gas rationing would be in effect across the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and parts of southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Parkland Corp. processes the crude oil supplied by the Trans Mountain pipeline and said it would pause its refinery operations in Burnaby, B.C., while the pipeline is off-line.

The refinery, which is a key source of gasoline for the Vancouver area, will be maintained in ready-mode so it can resume processing quickly once sufficient crude oil feedstocks become available, Parkland said in a statement.

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