Coal train detours will continue until Jan. 15

Trains use lightly-travelled Southern Railway of B.C. line.

Empty BNSF coal trains will continue to run through Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford until the new year.

Southern Railway of B.C. announced Thursday that the re-routing of the empty trains over its tracks will continue until Jan. 15, 2015. That will mark more than six months since the trains were first diverted from BNSF tracks, which run through South Surrey and White Rock. Detours began on July 7.

The lengthy eastbound trains, which are unloaded at Roberts Bank in Delta, are using BC Rail tracks to Cloverdale, Canadian Pacific to Livingstone (at 232 Street, off Highway 1) and Southern Railway of B.C. from there to the U.S. border at Sumas.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, a driver in Abbotsford struck one of the empty trains as it was crossing Townshipline Road. He was killed, and several cars of the train derailed, leading to a power outage.

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