CP Rail, managers charged over B.C. mountain train left ‘without handbrakes’ – CBC

Managers accused of ordering train crew to park freight train on slope above Revelstoke

Officials in British Columbia have laid a series of charges accusing CP Rail and two senior managers of illegally ordering a freight train crew to park on a mountain slope above the town of Revelstoke without proper hand brakes applied.

The train incident was first revealed by CBC News after Transport Canada investigators conducted a series of raids on CP Rail’s Calgary headquarters looking for evidence.

The warrants allege that in February 2015 the crew aboard a freight train of 57 loaded rail cars, some carrying dangerous goods, was ordered to leave their train unattended in the dark on a siding above Revelstoke without applying hand brakes. The warrants allege it was in direct breach of emergency directives made by Canada’s transport minister after the Lac-Mégantic disaster.