The province of Alberta is where the most collisions at rail crossings happen in Canada.

Authorities Call for Better Oversight Along Canada’s Provincially Regulated Railways

With the release of investigation documents surrounding a 2019 accident in which a GO Transit train struck two people at a public crossing in Ontario, officials from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are expressing concerns about the safety oversight of provincially regulated railways.

Canada TSB Releases Watchlist 2022

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) on Oct. 26 released its Watchlist 2022, putting a “spotlight on key safety issues and actions needed to make Canada’s transportation system even safer.”

TSB issued two safety recommendations following its investigation of the Jan. 3, 2019 CN train collision and derailment near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. (Photograph Courtesy of TSB)

TSB Issues Safety Recommendations Following 2019 CN Derailment Investigation

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is calling for Transport Canada and the Canadian rail industry to expedite the implementation of automated train control systems and to develop and implement formal crew resource management training, following its investigation of the 2019 CN train collision and derailment in Manitoba.

TSB Rail Safety 2021-2022 Year in Review

In accordance with subsection 13(3) of the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has submitted its Annual Report to Parliament for the period covering April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

(Photograph Courtesy of Transport Canada via Twitter)

New Safety Measures for Canadian Railroads

Transport Canada on July 25 announced new measures to improve rail safety. They address recommendations that the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released following Canadian Pacific’s (CP) Feb. 4, 2019, train derailment near Field, British Columbia. Targeted audits of CP will also be launched to assess the effectiveness of its safety management systems and training regime.

(Chart Courtesy of TSB)

TSB Releases 2021 Transportation Occurrence Statistics

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has published its final annual statistics on accidents/incidents for the rail, air, marine and pipeline sectors for 2021. While total railway accidents were up 5% from 2020, they fell 3% compared with the 10-year (2011-20) average.

Pictured: The Aug. 15, 2019, derailment site at CN’s MacMillan Yard in Vaughan, Ontario. (Source: TSB)

TSB Releases 2019 CN MacMillan Yard Derailment Investigation Report

An August 2019 string-line derailment at CN’s MacMillan Yard in Ontario led to the death of a rail yard operating employee, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), which officially released its investigation report on April 5.

Mid-train distributed power remote locomotive, UP 5359, following the 2019 derailment of CP’s freight train 301-349 on the Laggan Subdivision, near Field, British Columbia. Source: TSB Report R19C0015.

CP Disputing TSB Accident Report

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) at a March 31 news conference released its investigation report of Canadian Pacific’s Feb. 4, 2019 train derailment on the Laggan Subdivision near Field, British Columbia. CP later in the day issued a strong statement, calling out “inaccuracies and misrepresentations” made at the conference and in the report.

Draft Key Failure Caused CN Derailment: TSB

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has determined that a draft key (“cross key”) failure caused the Jan. 26, 2021 derailment of a CN freight train near Edmundston, N.B. TSB said investigation report R21M0002 “draws attention to the importance of reassessing the design and inspection frequency of critical rail components, such as [draft] keys, based on changes in railway operating conditions.”

CP: TSB Fire Allegations ‘Irresponsible and Misleading’

Canadian Pacific has responded to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigation update concerning the June 30, 2021 fire in Lytton, B.C., which occurred in the vicinity of Mile 98.3 on CN’s Ashcroft Subdivision by stating that “railways are not a significant cause of wildfires in B.C., contrary to media and government speculation” and that “it is irresponsible and misleading to imply that railways are to blame for the fire.”