April 8th, 2015 ~ Vol. 85 No. 14
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Pass to receive rail repairs, improved crossings and whistle talk
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Rail crossing in Blairmore
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
This summer as part of a $1.5 billion capital plan, CP Rail will be repairing or replacing about 32 kilometres of track through the Pass.
CP spokesperson Salem Woodrow says they will also replace the timber rail crossings in Blairmore with concrete.
The company is investing $10 million into the project, which will begin at the end of May and should carry on throughout the summer.
Canadian Pacific Railway and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) are still investigating the Valentines Day derailment in Frank that caused 12 tanker cars to jump the track.
But during a March 24 debriefing, CP spokespersons told Mayor Blair Painter that they suspected a faulty or broken rail caused the accident.
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Train whistles through the Pass

Woodrow also spoke about how and why a train sounds its whistle.
“CP is a federally regulated company, required by law to sound whistles at all public grade crossings within Canada as prescribed by the Canadian Railway Operating Rules (CROR),” says Woodrow. “The train whistle must begin at least a quarter mile before each crossing, and is sounded in a sequence of 2 long - 1 short - 1 long whistle.
The sequence may be repeated according to the speed of movement, and the last long whistle must be held until the crossing is fully occupied by the train.”
Woodrow says the rules would apply even if the community’s crossings had flashing lights, bells or crossing gates.
The only exceptions to the whistling regulations are at crossings where federally approved prohibitions have been put in place.
In areas like the Pass, where there are crossings in close proximity, the whistle must still be sounded at each crossing.
“The train whistle is a significant safety appliance, which provides a last warning to the public of an approaching train,” says Woodrow.
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