At CP, keeping our track and infrastructure to the highest safety standards is important to us.
This means people may notice periodic work on tracks, ties, crossings, bridges and other infrastructure. Below is a list of projects that are either underway or planned.
CP's annual track programs and crossing maintenance work takes place across the network from spring through fall.
Maintenance work in your community may include the replacement of rail, rail ties or ballast, requiring the use of specialized equipment. Railway neighbours may see and hear heavy machinery, banging, idling trucks, dust, voices, reversing trucks, idling locomotives or other industrial activity. CP operates around the clock and this work may take place at all hours of the day or night.
We appreciate your patience as we complete this essential and important safety work. For more information on CP's operations, please
read our FAQs.
CP will be installing a centralized traffic control (CTC) signal system which include new signal masts, signal housing, power switch equipment and switch heaters along the tracks between Airdrie and a rail siding south of Bowden.
The signal masts look like traffic lights. Construction will continue to December 31, 2020.
CP is replacing the bridge over Echo Creek west of Mt. Norquay Road in the Town of Banff. The bridge replacement project will include the placement of riprap (rock) on both banks of Echo Creek immediately below the bridge and below the high water mark. Bridge construction is planned from August 15, 2020 to September 30, 2020.
During the project timeframe, people should expect to see or hear heavy machinery, rail equipment, banging, idling trucks, dust, voices, and reversing trucks. Construction work will occur during daytime hours; nighttime work is also expected.
CP is realigning track and switches in the area north of 11th Street SE, near our Alyth yard. New crossing warning protection will be installed at the 20th Avenue SE crossing, along with new fencing on part of the property.
Construction is anticipated to be completed by end of summer 2020.
CP is installing a second rail bridge over the Elbow River adjacent to and south of the existing rail bridge between 7th Street SE and 8th Street SE.
Bridge construction is planned for 2020, with additional work on CP property in 2021.
Will more tracks mean more rail traffic? CP's bridge reconfiguration will improve rail traffic flow through Alyth Yard, enabling CP to process trains more efficiently. CP's rail traffic and train frequency fluctuates with the needs of its customers.
Work will take place on CP property in the area of 69th Avenue SE to accommodate the City of Calgary Green Line LRT project. Information on this project is available through the City website at
A new public grade crossing at Horse Creek Road opened on June 19th, 2020. This at-grade public pedestrian railway crossing includes flashing lights, gates and low-decibel bells. The bells will activate with each passing train for safety purposes as required under Transport Canada regulations.
Residents are reminded to only cross railway tracks at designated marked railway crossings and to abide by the crossing warning systems. Visit https://www.cochrane.ca/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=616 for additional information.
CP is extending the Cochrane siding to a capacity of 12,200 feet. The siding will be extended west to the Bow River bridge and east towards 5th Avenue in Cochrane. Construction will include a new bridge over Big Hill Creek and the public pathway.
Construction is expected from April 20, 2020 through to December 2020.
CP is extending the Irvine siding eastward by 4,200 feet. Grading work is anticipated to be completed by August 31, 2020, and the full project completed in 2021.
Beginning in May 2020, CP will install a radio tower on its right of way in Olds to support the installation of a centralized traffic control (CTC) signal system on the subdivision. The tower will be 160 feet tall and located approximately half-way between two existing towers in Innisfail and Carstairs.
Construction is anticipated to be completed by July 31, 2020.
CP has received approval from the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA File Number 19-02643) to extend the existing Scotford Subdivision approximately 4 kilometers to the south. This extension will provide rail service to Inter Pipeline's new polypropylene facility. Work is expected to continue until December 1, 2020.
CP's application and supplemental filings can be downloaded from the links below:
CP Scotford Subdivision Extension Application Summary
CTA Supplemental Filing Letter June 21, 2019
CTA Supplemental Filing Letter July 17, 2019
CP Environmental Commitments Table
CP is installing a second track from its Clover Bar yard westward to 17th Street NE, Edmonton. The new track will extend 6,900 feet. Work will take place primarily during the daytime, with occasional evening and overnight work.
The project will continue until December 1, 2020.
CP is extending the Suffield siding westward by 4,200 feet, and when complete the siding capacity will be 12,000 feet. Track work is anticipated to be completed by June 30, 2020.
The CP Sapperton interchange project will extend the current interchange track by approximately 5,000 feet to a total capacity of 8,700 feet. Construction involves ground stabilization by installing reinforced concrete columns, subgrade and drainage works, and new track construction.
Work will occur Monday – Saturday during daytime hours until November 30, 2020.
CP is completing a track reconfiguration project in Field Yard. The project extends the length of CP tracks through the 2nd Street crossing to the west end of CP's yard. This track extension accommodates longer train lengths on a single track, resulting in fewer blocked crossings.
As part of the project, and to further enhance public safety, CP will be installing a full railway crossing warning system with bells, lights and gates. Work on the crossing will be completed in spring 2020.
During the project timeframe, people should expect to see or hear heavy machinery, rail equipment, banging, idling trucks waiting to proceed, dust, voices, and reversing trucks. Construction-type work will occur during daytime hours; nighttime work is also expected.
Residents are reminded that Field Yard is an active rail yard which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Materials required for this project, as well as any maintenance work in the region, may be stored here year-round.
In August 2015, Transport Canada (TC) officials witnessed a rafting company with a large group of people unloading rafts and walking across active railway tracks to access the lower canyon of the Kicking Horse River. Shortly after this event, TC directed Canadian Pacific (CP) to resolve the safety concern.
At that time CP began discussions with local community officials but talks stalled. As a result, CP requested to meet with stakeholders in Golden on April 22, 2016 to establish a short-term solution.
The CP Piapot siding is being extended eastward by approximately 4,200 feet. The grading work is anticipated to be completed by June 30, 2020 and track work in 2021.
CP will be installing a centralized traffic control (CTC) signal system, including new signal masts, signal housing, power switch equipment and switch heaters along the tracks between Smiths Falls, ON and Saint-Télesphore, QC.
The signal masts look like traffic lights. Construction will continue to December 15, 2020.
Beginning in June 2020, CP will install three radio towers on its right of way to support the installation of a centralized traffic control (CTC) signal system on the subdivision. The towers will be 160 feet tall and will be located in Bedell, ON, Finch, ON, and Dalhousie Mills, ON.
Construction is expected to be completed by July 31, 2020.
From June 15 to December 15, 2020 CP will be removing sections of the north track between Smiths Falls, ON and Dalhousie, QC. Sections of track will remain as sidings, allowing for efficient train movement through the region. The work will start near Smiths Falls, ON and proceed eastward, however we will need to return to segments multiple times over the course of the project. The majority of the work will take place Monday to Friday between 5:00am and 5:00pm, although some weekend work is expected.
Some rail and other materials will be re-used. Rail and ties are not for sale and we do not give them away.
The CP project at Les Cèdres is currently part of a company-wide review of existing facilities. As a result of this extensive review, there has been no firm timeline set for the discussion of plans at this site. We remain committed to informing all interested parties about the status of the Les Cèdres project, and about our operations in the municipality.
If you have questions
about these or other projects, contact our Community Connect team here.