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Canadian National main line to Halifax washed out by flooding

By Trains Staff | July 23, 2023

| Last updated on February 4, 2024

Nova Scotia hit by more than 10 inches of rain in 24 hours

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Aerial image of washed out rail line
A screen shot from a Reuters drone video shows CN’s washed out main line near Truro, Nova Scotia.

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Canadian National’s main line to the Port of Halifax, Canada’s fourth-largest port, has been washed out as a result of flooding that caused “unimaginable” damage, according to Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston.

Reuters reports a storm that arrived on Friday left more than 10 inches of rain in a 24-hour period in some places, with the CBC reporting Halifax received its most rain in a day since 1971. The Canadian Press reports a search is continuing for four people missing in the flooding.

The local news site SaltWire reports the line is washed out in the community of Milbrook, just outside of Truro, N.S., and about 50 miles north of Halifax. A SaltWire photo shows tracks dangling above a washed-out culvert. The site quotes a CN news release as saying sections of track were preemptively closed due to poor weather conditions and that “some repairs will be delayed until weather and water events subside.”

An advisory on the VIA Rail Canada website warns that the Montreal-Halifax Ocean may not operate beyond Moncton, New Brunswick, because of the flooding. No alternate transportation would be provided; passengers would be contacted directly.

— Updated at 6:45 p.m. with image of flood damage.

5 thoughts on “Canadian National main line to Halifax washed out by flooding

  1. I am not B&B nor do I portray B&B on TV. That’s why I’m usually pleasantly surprised by what the engineers come up with. We can see the previous culvert install that failed. My first uneducated instinct would be a bridge but that’s probably overkill. So we shall see what comes.

  2. The gap in the washed out embankment is large enough to warrant installation of a bridge.
    Truncated by the weather, the ‘Ocean’ is just a shadow of its former self before Via Rail Canada.

  3. CN stated that it’s inspecting the damaged track and making repairs, and it will be reopened as soon as crews have finished their hard work.

    Dr. Güntürk Üstün

  4. Nova Scotia declared a province-wide state of emergency late on Saturday night that will last until Aug. 5.

    Dr. Güntürk Üstün

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