Trillium Railway to Host Presentation on Dangerous Goods Transportation



    COURTLAND, ON, June 29 /CNW/ - Firefighters, police and other emergency
responders will join representatives from Trillium Railway and the railway and
chemical industries on Saturday June 30 in Courtland, Ontario, for a TransCAER
presentation about dangerous goods transportation by rail and what to do in
the event of a dangerous goods incident.
    "The TransCAER program, which is a part of the Responsible Care program
of the Canadian Chemical Producers Association, is an excellent example of the
proactive role the railway industry undertakes to ensure the safe
transportation and handling of its commodities," said Cliff Mackay, president
and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada. "It is also an excellent way to
meet the first responders who may have to arrive at a dangerous goods
incident, and to show them the different situations they may encounter. The
industry takes the safe transportation of dangerous goods very seriously, and
these presentations are vital to that goal."
    The presentation will begin with an overview of Trillium Railway
operations, in order to give local first responders a sense of what
commodities are transported by the railway as well as where the railway
operates. Train journals and dangerous goods shipping documents will also be
reviewed.
    A discussion of railway emergency response techniques and a case study of
a derailment will follow, with questions and a debrief providing an
opportunity to discuss what the first responders had just learned. Following
that, participants will be taken to a demonstration tank car to examine the
different valves and fittings used with dangerous goods transportation.
    "The tank car demonstration is one of the most important tools at the
disposal of TransCAER and the railway industry," Mackay said. "It provides a
hands-on study of a dangerous goods tank car, and helps to familiarize first
responders with the different elements to dangerous goods transportation. We
have seen that first responders who participate in TransCAER presentations and
tank car demonstrations are better prepared in the event of a rail incident
involving dangerous goods, and this remains the primary function of these
presentations."

    TransCAER, which is a part of the Responsible Care program of the
Canadian Chemical Producers Association, employs specially equipped cars to
train chemical and railway industry employees in the safe handling of
dangerous goods. It also familiarizes emergency responders with dangerous
goods equipment. The CCPX911 tank car, which will be on hand for the
presentation, features the different types of valves and top and bottom
fittings used with dangerous goods transportation.

    Trillium Railway is based in Port Colborne, Ontario, and operates two
separate lines: the St. Thomas and Eastern Railway line, and the Port Colborne
Harbour line. In total, the railways collectively operate more than
100 kilometres of track. The principal commodities carried on the Port
Colborne line are grain and grain by-products, corn syrup, pipe, scrap steel,
chemicals, forest products, and transformers. The St. Thomas line handles
fertilizer, grain, salt, and chemicals.

    The Railway Association of Canada, with some 60 member railways,
represents virtually the entire railway industry in Canada, including freight,
passenger and commuter railways. Its dangerous goods team plays an active role
in training and educating railway and chemical industry representatives, as
well as first responders about dangerous goods transportation. The RAC
dangerous goods team also promotes the safe handling, loading/unloading and
transportation of dangerous goods by providing services to shippers to ensure
that the regulations are applied consistently.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Andy Ash, Manager, Dangerous
Goods, Railway Association of Canada, (647) 206-2896, andya@railcan.ca; Ken
Lancastle, Public Affairs Officer, Railway Association of Canada, (613)
567-8591, kenl@railcan.ca

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