February 8, 2019: Transport Canada Orders Use of Handbrakes for Trains on Steep Slopes

Following the fatal derailment on February 5th, 2019 that killed three Canadian Pacific employees near Field, British Columbia, Transport Canada has ordered new safety measures in an effort to prevent a similar tragedy in the future.
All trains are now required to use handbrakes during an emergency stop if the grade is over 1.8%. Transport Minister, Marc Garneau, said “As a precaution until such time that the exact cause of the accident is determined, my department [is] … mandating the use of handbrakes. This order takes effect immediately and will remain in effect as long as necessary. As I have said many times before, rail safety is my top priority and I will never hesitate to take appropriate actions when necessary.”

Transport Canada orders use of handbrakes for trains on steep slopes