No need for nighttime trains

"How about weighing that improvement for CPR against waking thousands of us up with that damned whistle all hours of the night."

It’s been decades since CPR travelled on a routine basis to and from Teck’s operations in Trail at night.  There’s no burning need for it now either.

I further suggest that CPR stop blaming their schedule change on one of their best customer’s needs.  Teck has apparently assured us that they have nothing to do with it.

It’s shameful that thousands of people living alongside these tracks  from Nelson through Castlegar, Genelle, and Rivervale must take a back seat to a few more dollars on CPR’s bottom line, but can’t CPR have just an ounce of concern for others?

I hear it’s all about improved efficiency.

How about weighing that improvement for CPR against waking thousands of us up with that damned whistle all hours of the night.

While they’re at it, I suggest that they also consider the increased risks they expose us to.  CPR routinely carries extremely poisonous, heavier than air SO2 from Trail.  A derailment and rupture of one of these cars during daylight hours could be terrible for those of us living between the tracks and the river, but it could be unimaginably horrific if it happened when we’re all asleep.

Everyone understands the need for CPR moving goods in and out of Trail, and everyone understands and accepts the necessary adversity and risk of living alongside CPR’s tracks.  But when necessary adversity and risk becomes blatant disregard for citizens living alongside those tracks, all for the sake of a couple of bucks to CPR, it’s a bit difficult to swallow……….and even more difficult to get a decent night’s sleep.

Looking forward to some of CPR’s community-mindedness,

Russ Babcock


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