Calgary, AB — Canadian Pacific operations in British Columbia between Kamloops and Vancouver resumed Tuesday, Nov. 23.
The first trains going to Vancouver arrived Wednesday morning. They were loaded grain trains and a train carrying fuel.
Due to washouts and landslides created by record rainfall, 30 locations across CP's Thompson and Cascade subdivisions were damaged with 20 resulting in significant loss of infrastructure.
CP crews immediately deployed to assess the damage and to start the recovery effort. Hundreds of employees and contractors have been on the ground working day and night to safely restore the rail line. CP said it was grateful for their commitment and dedication.
As CP resumes operations and moves from restoration to recovery, CP will closely coordinate with customers and terminals to clear the backlogs as safely and efficiently as possible.
This route is CP's busiest corridor handling a wide range of products and commodities. It links the Port of Vancouver and British Columbia to the rest of Canada and North America.
As a railway, CP said it recognizes the service it provides impacts people's lives and businesses, moving the fuels, food, vehicles, and clothing people depend on.
Throughout this crisis, CP has closely coordinated and partnered with the Canadian Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to get highways open again. Our partnership has made it possible for the province to send its equipment to where it was needed most.
CP is continuing to monitor weather conditions in the area.