Letter: Increased train traffic brings questions


With the proposed track modification to accommodate coal trains to switch from CP Rail tracks to CN Rail tracks in Kamloops, some obvious concerns need to be addressed:

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• Coal trains are generally very long and will take an extended time to move through the already congested rail traffic in town.

• The configuration of the connecting tracks is such that trains will have to move very slowly to get to the CN Yard alongside Highway 5.

• There are three uncontrolled street crossings along the Lorne Street corridor and they will require warning blasts from the locomotive air horns. People in that area will get little sleep.

• The length of the coal trains, combined with slow speeds, will result in lengthy blocking of crossings in Valleyview and traffic congestion along Lorne Street, which has become a major thoroughfare.

• CP Rail has stated that, in order to control coal dust, a chemical will be sprayed on the coal-laden cars at the point of origin. The question should be asked: What effect will this chemical have in the residential areas the trains pass through? Should it become airborne, coal dust is bad enough, what about coal dust saturated with a chemical?

It is a bad decision to pick Kamloops as the transfer point and it may not be too late to choose another venue.

Peter H. Bartel


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