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Published: May 12th 2010
Source: By Zev Singer, The Ottawa Citizen
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OTTAWA The VIA Rail line between Ottawa and Toronto has been shut by a CP Rail derailment which happened Wednesday afternoon in Smiths Falls.

VIA said it is arranging for buses to take all passengers affected by the derailment, but passengers should expect delays of two to three hours.

CP spokesman Mike LoVecchio said the mishap involved seven loaded grain cars, which derailed from a track in a CP rail yard in Smiths Falls at about 3 p.m. He said the cars stayed upright, but the track was damaged, which is preventing the VIA trains from getting through. He said nobody was injured in the derailment and there will be no environmental impact.

The VIA website says the line is expected to be open by the morning although LoVecchio said he was "not going to put a time-line on it."

VIA says passengers will have the option to take a full refund or change of reservation with no service charges.
 
 
  
 
Published: May 13th 2010
Source: By Zev Singer, The Ottawa Citizen
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OTTAWA Train passengers travelling between Ottawa and Toronto face more delays Friday after a CP freight train derailed in Smiths Falls on Wednesday afternoon.

Track repair work may continue into Friday, Via Rail said in a release. It had stopped taking new reservations for Friday trains by Thursday afternoon.

Buses replace trains travelling westbound from Ottawa. Eastbound trains from Toronto terminate at Brockville, with passengers bused the rest of the way.

Via Rail anticipated delays of one to two hours. Passengers may opt for a full refund or change of reservation with no service charges.

The derailment involved seven loaded grain cars, a CP spokesman said Wednesday. The cars stayed upright, but damaged the track.

No one was injured in the 3 p.m. incident on Wednesday.

Via advises passengers to phone 1-888-842-7242 or visit www.viarail.ca for updates.

A CP Rail spokesman said seven loaded grain cars derailed in a CP rail yard in Smiths Falls at about 3 p.m.Track damage prevented the VIA trains from getting through.
 

 
 
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