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CANADA: Canadian National announces plan to install Centralized Traffic Control on two line segments in Ontario

:Thursday, May 06, 1999

Canadian National Railways is to install 'Centralized Train Control' (CTC) on the route where a VIA train crashed on 23 March 1999.
Thamesville wreckage
Photo: Toronto Star
Derailed passenger cars at Thamesville

In a press statement issued on 5 May 1999 Canadian National Railway Company announced it will install Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) on two segments of CN mainline track in Ontario over which passenger trains travel.

CN President and Chief Executive Officer Paul M. Tellier informed The Honorable David Collenette, Minister of Transport, by letter today of CNís signaling plans for the two Ontario lines.

Rail traffic on CTC-controlled track is governed by line-side signal indications and instructions issued by Rail Traffic Controllers. The signals tell locomotive engineers to proceed or stop by indicating the occupancy and condition of the track ahead, including the position of switches. Under CTC, Rail Traffic Controllers designate routes, remotely operate switches and monitor switch position integrity to ensure safe train movements.

CN will install CTC on its single- and double-track Chatham Subdivision between Komoka, a town located west of London, Ont., and Windsor. CN will also install CTC on its double-track Grimsby Subdivision between Hamilton and St. Catharines. With these installations, CNís entire Quebec City-Montreal-Toronto-Niagara Falls-Windsor-Sarnia, Ont., corridor will be electronically signaled. CN will be taking other safety related measures in advance of the new system on these lines being fully operational. Details will be announced shortly.

Canadian National serves all of Canada and the U.S. Midwest, including the ports of Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax, and the key cities of Toronto, Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo, with connections to all points in North America

Source:   Canadian National

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