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CN to reopen tracks in southern B.C. this weekend after second shutdown

CN says engineers and construction crews continue to work on the Vancouver-Kamloops corridor, which was first cut by landslides and washouts amid torrential downpours in mid-November.

A Canadian National Railway locomotive pulls a train in this file photo

MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway Co. says it aims to reopen its network in southern British Columbia this weekend after another bout of rain and wind prompted a second shutdown.

CN says engineers and construction crews continue to work on the Vancouver-Kamloops corridor, which was first cut by landslides and washouts amid torrential downpours in mid-November.

The country’s largest railroad operator restored limited service along the vital supply link last week before opting to “proactively close” the line again Monday as more rain triggered further mudslides, flooding and debris.

CN has been able to divert some rail traffic to the Port of Prince Rupert, which remains fully operational and unaffected by the severe weather.

The Montreal-based company says a handful of trains continue to carry cargo through southern B.C. on other rail lines.

Meanwhile, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. says service in the region is ongoing, including to the Port of Vancouver.