TSB Highlights Safety Action Taken to
Prevent Rail Accidents
Published: November 6th 2008
Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its final
investigation report (R06V0183) today into the September 3, 2006 White
Pass and Yukon Route train runaway and derailment in Log Cabin, British
On September 3, 2006, northbound White Pass and Yukon Route (WP&YR) work
train 114, with a locomotive and eight loaded ballast cars, ran
uncontrolled down a steep grade and derailed the locomotive and the
first six ballast cars. One person was fatally injured and three others
sustained serious injuries. The six derailed ballast cars were
During the investigation, the TSB found that a number of deficiencies
with safety management procedures and practices led to this accident.
The railway and Transport Canada have undertaken corrective action to
mitigate the risks associated with the deficiencies.
Among the action taken, a full-time safety manager was hired, safety
training was developed, load capacities were stencilled on the cars, and
a car and locomotive maintenance system has been established. In
addition, WP&YR is now operating on its mountain grades with specific
train handling and marshalling instructions.
"The TSB is pleased with the safety actions taken by WP&YR and by
Transport Canada." said Dan Holbrook, Manager, Western Regional
Operations. "These measures go a long way to addressing the risks
identified in this investigation. They should enhance safety for the
500,000 people who use this train each year and create safer working
conditions for WP&YR's employees".
The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline,
railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the
advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the
Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.
This news release, report R06V0183, and images for this occurrence can
be found on the TSB website at www.tsb.gc.ca.