Rail cars removed after derailment

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STELLARTON — Residents along Riverbank Street are getting over another derailment beside their homes.

Crews were busy on Thursday with heavy equipment removing rail cars that derailed earlier in the week.

Although there were no injuries, residents who live between the street and rail lines owned by the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway were jolted by the derailment along a stretch where a previous one occurred.

The back of Tom Linthorne’s property borders the railway. He noted how frequently derailments have occurred in the area.

This time, two rail cars left the tracks and rolled over on one side, while a third car partly derailed but stayed upright.

The derailment caused some damage to the rail beds, while one of the rail cars that tipped fell into a ditch against a tree on a property beside Linthorne’s.

“It’s happened a lot so I guess we’re used to it,” he said. “There was no damage done on my property, but it’s scary, especially for the kids.”

A flat bed and two heavy cranes were among pieces of equipment summoned to remove the wreckage.

The upright rail car was removed first, while wheels were removed from the other two rail cars to aid in placing them on the flatbeds.

CB&CNS began operating the short line railway between Truro and Sydney in 1994 after Rail Tex purchased the line from the Canadian National Railway in 1993. Its parent company is now Genesee & Wyoming.

The railway has been the sight of several derailments over the years.

Company spokesperson Claudine Bois said work is ongoing to remediate the nearby properties and the area around the railway bed while it investigates the derailment.

With two rail lines in the area, she said the company was able to maintain regular service.

Work crews and cranes endeavour to get a derailed rail car upright following a train derailment last week in Stellarton.  (Goodwin photo)