CN Network Update

Following is an update from CN on network operations in Western Canada in relation to the wildfires in the Lytton, BC area.

CN has received a cease operations order from Transport Canada effective for a period of 48 hours as of July 9, 2021 00:01PT between Kamloops and Boston Bar, British Columbia. All rail operations, excepting those required for emergency fire response or maintenance and repair work, will cease in this area. In conjunction with the cease of operations, CN will also be suspending hot car and shutdown process during this time period.  

We continue to work closely with the local authorities and First Nations. In the interim, CN is also working to detour limited traffic where possible in order to decongest the network.

CN is working with all stakeholders including First Nations to reopen the Lillooet line which runs from Vancouver to Prince George via Squamish, Lillooet, Exeter, and Quesnel for limited traffic (not exceeding approximately 80 cars per day) primarily for BC North.

A reminder that at this time an embargo has been issued preventing traffic to be billed Westbound to Vancouver from northern BC and east of Kamloops and from the BNSF, UP and Vancouver area towards the East. The BNSF and UP traffic into Vancouver area is permitted. Please note that CN will not be issuing permits until the cease to operate order is lifted.

Intermodal traffic is not impacted by this embargo, it is strictly focused on carload traffic. 

The following information applies to Intermodal:

Domestic Intermodal 
We will continue to honour in-gate movement at all terminals across the network during the localized operating pause. This includes originating and destined traffic to Vancouver. 

We will continue to closely monitor terminal fluidity, and equipment capacity over the next 48 hours. 

Originating and destined domestic traffic to and from Vancouver, expect 72 to 96 hour delays on train departures, and travel time.

International Intermodal
We continue to load import traffic at the Ports located in BC South to the extent the current car supply can accommodate.

Acceptance of Export loads and empties destined to Ports in Vancouver continue to be restricted, we will review the in gate acceptance of traffic on a case by case basis and will continue to keep you updated should the situation change.