Federally regulated railway accidents and incidents, by train operator, 2003-2012

Definitions of reportable railway occurrences (click to read definitions)

The following definitions apply to railway occurrences that are required to be reported pursuant to the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act and the associated regulations.

Railway occurrence

  1. Any accident or incident associated with the operation of rolling stock on a railway, and
  2. Any situation or condition that the Board has reasonable grounds to believe could, if left unattended, induce an accident or incident described in paragraph (a) above.

Reportable railway accident

An accident resulting directly from the operation of rolling stock, where:

  1. a person sustains a serious injury or is killed as a result of:
    1. being on board or getting off the rolling stock, or
    2. coming into contact with any part of the rolling stock or its contents, or
  2. the rolling stock:
    1. is involved in a grade-crossing collision,
    2. is involved in a collision or derailment and is carrying passengers,
    3. is involved in a collision or derailment and is carrying dangerous goods, or is known to have last contained dangerous goods the residue of which has not been purged from the rolling stock,
    4. sustains damage that affects its safe operation, or
    5. causes or sustains a fire or explosion, or causes damage to the railway, that poses a threat to the safety of any person, property or the environment.

Reportable railway incident

An incident resulting directly from the operation of rolling stock, where:

  1. a risk of collision occurs;
  2. an unprotected main track switch is left in an abnormal position;
  3. a railway signal displays a less restrictive indication than that required for the intended movement of rolling stock;
  4. an unprotected overlap of operating authorities occurs;
  5. a movement of rolling stock exceeds the limits of its authority;
  6. there is runaway rolling stock;
  7. any crew member whose duties are directly related to the safe operation of the rolling stock is unable to perform the crew member's duties as a result of a physical incapacitation that poses a threat to the safety of any person, property or the environment; or
  8. any dangerous goods are released on board or from the rolling stock.

Serious injury

An injury that is likely to require admission to a hospital.

Dangerous goods involvement

An accident is considered to have dangerous goods involvement if any car in the consist carrying (or having last contained) a dangerous good derails, strikes or is struck by any other rolling stock or object. It does not mean that there was any release of any product. Also included are crossing accidents in which the motor vehicle involved (e.g. tanker truck) is carrying a dangerous good.

Federally regulated railway accidents by train* operator, 2003-2012
Train operator 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
All operators 1,352 1,413 1,476 1,371 1,320 1,179 1,043 1,074 1,022 1,015
Agence métropolitaine de transport 3 4 5 2 3 2 0 2 7 8
Algoma Central Railway 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corp.) 0 2 3 1 0 3 1 1 1 0
Arnaud Railway 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Athabasca Northern Railway 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burlington Northern And Santa Fe Man Inc. 0 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 0 0
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Company 6 0 3 6 4 0 1 1 2 0
Canadian American Railroad Company 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Canadian National Railway Co. 721 686 679 665 660 507 526 506 489 479
Canadian Pacific Railway Co. 468 546 603 534 498 514 389 460 403 436
Cando Contracting Ltd. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1
Capital Railway 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Carleton Trail Railway 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Central Manitoba Railway 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Chemin de fer Baie-Des Chaleurs Inc. 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
Chemin de fer de la Matépedia Inc. 4 13 3 6 3 8 4 0 0 0
Contractor 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 6 5
CSX Transportation 2 5 6 5 3 1 3 1 0 0
Essex Terminal Railway Company 4 1 4 0 1 1 1 0 1 0
GO Transit 2 6 6 5 7 5 14 10 6 7
Goderich-Exeter Railway Company Ltd. 3 6 0 7 4 13 14 8 16 5
Great Sandhills Railway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Great Western Railway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Hudson Bay Railway 4 5 8 6 14 8 4 3 6 5
Huron Central Railway 1 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1
Industrial Switcher 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kelowna Pacific Railway 10 6 6 5 7 2 1 0 2 0
Kettle Falls International Railway 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Lakeland and Waterways 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mackenzie Northern 6 10 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Montreal Maine & Atlantic 23 25 33 7 8 6 2 8 3 6
New Brunswick East Coast Railway 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
New Brunswick Southern 10 3 1 7 3 9 0 0 1 0
Nipissing Central Railway (Ontc) 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Norfolk Southern Railway 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Okanagan Valley Railway 4 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ontario Northland 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 2 0
Ottawa Central Railway 4 9 15 10 21 11 0 0 0 0
Ottawa Valley Railway 7 3 5 7 3 14 5 1 2 1
Port Colborne Harbour Railway 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Port of Montreal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Private Switcher 1 0 1 1 1 3 1 1 0 0
Quebec Gatineau Railway 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2
Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway Co. 4 6 7 4 3 5 5 6 9 17
Rail Term 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Rocky Mountaineer Railtours 0 1 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 1
Southern Ontario Railway 2 2 10 7 2 3 2 6 0 2
Southern Railway of BC 1 2 1 17 6 5 10 1 4 1
St. Lawrence & Atlantic (Quebec) Inc. 6 4 2 3 4 1 1 2 0 0
St. Thomas & Eastern Railway 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Sydney Coal Railway 12 4 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1
Toronto Terminals Railway Company 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1
Union Pacific 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Via Rail Canada Inc. 45 56 61 51 59 60 53 47 53 34
West Coast Express 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 0
White Pass & Yukon Route 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Windsor & Hantsport Railway Company Limited 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Data extracted 11 July 2013.
Breakdowns may not add up to totals. When an accident involves two different operators, the occurrence is counted for each operator but only once in the total.
* Trains are any type of rolling stock such as, but not limited to, freight, passengers, locomotive, track unit, or cut of cars.
Source: Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
Federally regulated railway incidents by train operator, 2003-2012
Train operator 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
All operators 294 257 245 220 223 216 207 160 231 230
Agence métropolitaine de transport - - - - - - - - 3 6
Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corp.) - - - 1 - 1 - - - -
Athabasca Northern Railway - - 1 - - - - - - -
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Man Inc. - 1 - 1 - - - - - 1
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Company 1 - 2 3 3 1 - 1 - -
Canadian National Railway Co. 129 115 116 91 97 95 69 60 98 114
Canadian Pacific Railway Co. 98 78 86 74 94 67 65 54 72 66
Capital Railway - - - - - - - - 1 3
Central Manitoba Railway - - 1 - - - - - 1 -
Chemin de fer de la Matépedia Inc. 3 - - 2 - - - - - -
Chemins de fer Quebec-Gatineau - - - - - - - - 1 -
Contractor - - - - - - 1 2 - 1
CSX Transportation 1 - 1 - - 1 - - - 1
Essex Terminal Railway Company - - - - - - 1 - - -
GO Transit 1 1 - 5 4 2 4 - 1 1
Goderich-Exeter Railway Company Ltd. 1 1 - 1 - 1 - - 3 -
Great Sandhills Railway - - - - - - 1 - - -
Great Western Railway - - - - - - 1 - - -
Hudson Bay Railway - 1 - - 1 1 - - - -
Huron Central Railway - - - - - 1 - - - -
Kelowna Pacific Railway - 1 2 - 2 - - - - -
Mackenzie Northern - - 1 - - - - - - -
Montreal Maine & Atlantic - 1 1 - - 1 - - - 1
New Brunswick East Coast Railway - - - 1 - - - - - -
New Brunswick Southern 1 - - 1 - - - - - -
Ontario Northland - - - - - - - - 2 -
Orangeville Brampton Railway - - - - - - - - - 1
Ottawa Central Railway - - 1 - 1 - - - - -
Ottawa Valley Railway 1 1 - - - 2 - - - -
Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway Co. 6 4 - 1 3 1 2 2 4 13
Roberval And Saguenay Railway - - - - - - 1 - - -
Rocky Mountaineer Railtours - - - - 1 - - - 1 -
St. Lawrence & Atlantic (Quebec) Inc. - - - - - 1 1 1 - -
Sydney Coal Railway - 1 - - - 2 1 - - -
Toronto Terminals Railway Company - - - - - 1 1 - - -
Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. - - - 1 1 - - - 1 1
Union Pacific 1 - - - - - - - - -
Via Rail Canada Inc. 8 4 7 11 3 12 9 11 9 6
West Coast Express - - - - - 1 - - - 1
Data extracted 11 July 2013.
* Trains are any type of rolling stock such as, but not limited to, freight, passengers, locomotive, track unit, or cut of cars.
- Not available for any reference period
Breakdowns may not add up to totals. When an incidents only involves a rolling stock such as a single car or a cut of cars the operator of the equipment may not be collected.
Source: Transportation Safety Board of Canada.