Train stranded on bridge after derailment in Glacier National Park

A CP Rail train remains stranded on the historic Stoney Creek Bridge in Glacier National Park about 35 hours after five cars derailed on the bridge.

The Stoney Creek Bridge pictured in a Government of Canada historical photo. Photo: www.collectionscanada.gc.ca

A CP Rail train remains stranded on the historic Stoney Creek Bridge in Glacier National Park about 35 hours after five cars derailed on the bridge.
Calgary-based CP Rail spokesperson Salem Woodrow told the Revelstoke Mountaineer that five flat cars on a westbound intermodal jumped the tracks on the bridge on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at about 5:30 a.m. She said the flat cars were empty at the time of the derailment.
Woodrow emphasized that there were no injuries, spills, fires or public safety issues.
However, crews are still working on the problem of how to get the train off of the bridge. Woodrow said that crews are “taking all safety precautions” in their approach to removing the stranded train.
Woodrow said she couldn’t speak to damage to the historic bridge in the incident.
The Stoney Creek Bridge is a 656-foot long truss arch bridge that spans Stoney Creek in between Revelstoke and Golden. It was completed in 1893 and upgraded in 1929, according to its Wikipedia page. The historic bridge is a popular feature on the rail line, and some tourist trains slow to a crawl while they cross it.
Woodrow said Transportation Safety Board investigators didn’t respond to the scene, although they have been notified, which is the protocol in incidents like these.
Woodrow didn’t immediately have information on the size or composition of the train.
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In this video, tourists snap souvenirs from a tourist train as it crosses the Stoney Creek Bridge:

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