Interruptions Impacting Rail Operations
Announcement Number: CN2021-43
Categories: General Announcements
Posted Date: June 29, 2021
To Our Customers,
We are currently experiencing the following interruptions throughout our rail network.
- The fire burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Weed, California, is impacting rail operations between Redding, California and Eugene, Oregon. Our Engineering team is currently assessing the extent of the damage to our rail infrastructure including the Dry Canyon bridge near Hotlum, California. A reroute plan is in place to move traffic around the impacted area. As a result of the alternate routing, customers may experience delays in excess of 72 hours.
- Engineering forces are currently working to restore the railroad as a result of the recent washouts east of Kansas City, Missouri. Estimated time of opening is now expected to be end of the week. For traffic moving between Kansas City and St. Louis, we have increased crew boards, repositioned crews and added transportation resources. Customers should continue to anticipate delays between 24-48 hours through opening and until backlog of traffic is worked off.
- The Pacific Northwest is currently experiencing extreme heat. As a result, we are performing additional track inspections, keeping a watchful eye on the safety of our crews and monitoring the area for any potential wildfire risks.
- In Iowa, our network continues to recover from the service interruption late last week. Additional crew transportation was injected to work off the backlog of rail traffic.
As a result of these disruptions to our network, we are working through a resource imbalance across the system. The Operating team is focused on returning the network to normal service levels after the recent events by repositioning locomotive power and crew resources to strategic locations.
Thank you for your patience as we work through these environmental challenges. We remain focused on delivering your freight as safely and quickly as possible.