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Trains Blocking a Crossing

Public crossings at grade are governed by the rules approved by the Canadian Minister of Transport for federally regulated railways. The majority of crossings in the province are either operated on by either CN or CPR which are regulated by Transport Canada.

How long can a train block a crossing?

Normally five minutes for switching operations, however, trains may, when continuously moving across a road railway crossing and dependant on length and speed may take longer.

CN and CPR crossing issues can be reported to Rick Moskwa, Rail Safety Operations Officer with Transport Canada at 403-292-6010 or email rick.moskwa@tc.gc.ca

NOTE: The Province of Alberta does not regulate either the CPR or CN.

Incidents and Other Safety Issues Affecting a Railway Crossing

There has been an accident at the crossing what do I do?

  • In case of an incident involving a vehicle or person and a train you must call 911 and provide the information on the yellow sign affixed on the cross bucks post indicating the owner of the crossing and the crossing number and or mileage and subdivision. In addition, provide 911 with the road or highway number.

How do I identify the crossing?

  • Crossings can be identified by information on a yellow sign affixed on the cross bucks post indicating the owner of the crossing and the number of the crossing.

What do I do if there is a problem with the crossing warning system?

The crossing owner must be contacted and informed of:

  • The information on the yellow sign affixed on the cross bucks post indicating the owner of the crossing and the crossing number and or mileage and subdivision.
  • Any abnormalities such as crossing lights not working or flashing with no train present or near the crossing or;
  • Any damage of the cross arms; and
  • Any other issues affecting the safety of people and trains.

CN Contact Number 1-800-465-9239                 CPR Contact Number 1-800-795-7851