Federally regulated railway accidents and incidents, by train operator, 2005-2014

Definitions of reportable railway occurrences

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, 2005-2014
Train operator 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
AGENCE MÉTROPOLITAINE DE TRANSPORT 5 2 3 2 . 2 7 8 6 4
ALGOMA CENTRAL RAILWAY . 1 . . . . . . . .
AMTRAK (NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORP.) 3 1 . 3 1 1 1 . 2 1
ARNAUD RAILWAY . 1 . . . . . . . 1
ATHABASCA NORTHERN RAILWAY . 1 . . . . . . . .
BIG SKY RAILWAY . . . . . . . . . 1
BURLINGTON NORTHERN AND SANTA FE MAN INC. 1 3 1 1 1 1 . . . 3
BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE COMPANY 3 6 4 . 1 1 2 . . .
CALENDONIA AND HAMILTON SOUTHERN COMPANY LTD. . . . . . . . . . 1
CANADIAN AMERICAN RAILROAD COMPANY . . . . . . . 1 . .
CANDO CONTRACTING LTD. . . . . . . 2 . . 1
CAPE BRETON AND CENTRAL NOVA SCOTIA RAILWAY . . . . 2 . . 1 . .
CAPITAL RAILWAY . . 1 . 1 . . . 1 1
CENTRAL MAINE & QUEBEC . . . . . . . . . 3
CENTRAL MANITOBA RAILWAY 1 . . . . . 1 2 . .
CHEMIN DE FER BAIE-DES CHALEURS INC. 1 . 1 2 . . . . . .
CHEMIN DE FER DE LA MATEPEDIA INC. 3 6 3 8 4 . . . . .
CN - CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY CO. 679 665 674 527 538 521 505 491 494 606
CONTRACTOR . 1 . . 1 5 6 5 9 .
CP - CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY CO. 603 534 498 513 389 460 403 438 485 497
CSX TRANSPORTATION 6 5 3 1 3 1 . . 13 12
CUSTOMER . . . . . . . . 1 .
ESSEX TERMINAL RAILWAY COMPANY 4 . 1 1 1 . 1 . 1 1
GO TRANSIT 6 5 7 5 14 10 6 7 4 4
GODERICH-EXETER RAILWAY COMPANY LTD. . 7 4 13 14 8 16 5 3 5
GREAT SANDHILLS RAILWAY . . . . . . 1 . . 1
GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY . . . . . . 1 . 1 .
HUDSON BAY RAILWAY 8 6 14 8 4 3 6 5 3 2
HURON CENTRAL RAILWAY . 2 2 . . . 1 1 . .
INDUSTRIAL SWITCHER . . 1 . . . . . . .
KELOWNA PACIFIC RAILWAY 6 5 7 2 1 . 2 . 1 .
KETTLE FALLS INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY . . . 1 . . . . . .
LAKELAND AND WATERWAYS 1 . . . . . . . . .
MACKENZIE NORTHERN 7 1 . . . . . . . .
MONTREAL MAINE & ATLANTIC 33 7 8 6 2 8 9 18 14 8
NEW BRUNSWICK EAST COAST RAILWAY 1 1 1 . . . . . . .
NEW BRUNSWICK SOUTHERN 1 7 3 9 . . 1 . 4 4
NIPISSING CENTRAL RAILWAY (ONTC) 1 . . . . . . . . .
NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY . 1 . . . . 1 2 . .
OKANAGAN VALLEY RAILWAY 4 2 . . . . . . . .
ONTARIO NORTHLAND 1 . . . 3 1 2 . . .
ONTARIO SOUTHLAND RAILWAY INC. . . . . . . . . . 1
OTTAWA CENTRAL RAILWAY 15 10 21 11 . . . . . .
OTTAWA VALLEY RAILWAY 5 7 3 14 5 1 2 1 1 2
PORT COLBORNE HARBOUR RAILWAY . 1 . . . . . . . 2
PORT OF MONTREAL . . . . . . . 1 . .
PRIVATE SWITCHER 1 1 1 3 1 1 . . . 1
QUEBEC GATINEAU RAILWAY . . . . 1 1 1 2 2 .
QUEBEC NORTH SHORE AND LABRADOR RAILWAY CO. 7 4 3 5 5 6 9 17 7 8
RAIL TERM . . . . 1 . . . . .
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER RAILTOURS . 2 2 . 2 . . 1 3 .
SOUTHERN ONTARIO RAILWAY 10 7 2 3 2 6 . 2 2 2
SOUTHERN RAILWAY OF BC 1 17 6 5 10 1 4 1 . 1
ST. LAWRENCE & ATLANTIC (QUEBEC) INC. 2 3 4 1 1 2 . . . .
ST. THOMAS & EASTERN RAILWAY . . . 1 . . . . . .
SYDNEY COAL RAILWAY . . 1 1 1 . 1 1 2 4
THIRD PARTY . . . . . . . . . 6
TORONTO TERMINALS RAILWAY COMPANY . . . . . . . 2 2 .
TSHIUETIN RAIL TRANSPORTATION INC. . 1 . . . 2 1 1 1 2
UNION PACIFIC . . 1 . . . . . . .
VIA RAIL CANADA INC. 61 51 59 60 53 47 53 34 30 48
WEST COAST EXPRESS 1 2 . 1 . . 2 . . .
WHITE PASS & YUKON ROUTE . 1 . . . . . . . .
WINDSOR & HANTSPORT RAILWAY COMPANY LIMITED . . 1 . . . . . . .
UNKNOWN . . . 1 1 5 . . 1 .
Federally regulated railway incidents by train operator, 2005-2014
Train operator 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
AGENCE MÉTROPOLITAINE DE TRANSPORT . . . . . . 3 6 4 .
AMTRAK (NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORP.) . 1 . 1 . . . . . .
ATHABASCA NORTHERN RAILWAY 1 . . . . . . . . .
BURLINGTON NORTHERN AND SANTA FE MAN INC. . 1 . . . . . 1 . .
BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE COMPANY 2 3 3 1 . 1 . . . .
CAPITAL RAILWAY . . . . . . 1 3 . 1
CENTRAL MANITOBA RAILWAY 1 . . . . . 1 . . .
CHEMIN DE FER DE LA MATEPEDIA INC. . 2 . . . . . . . .
CHEMIN DE FER QUEBEC GATINEAU . . . . . . 1 . . .
CN - CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY CO. 117 94 105 97 71 108 102 124 128 112
CONTRACTOR . . . . 1 2 . 1 . .
CP - CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY CO. 86 74 94 68 66 54 75 66 68 82
CSX TRANSPORTATION 1 . . 1 . . . 1 . .
CUSTOMER . . . . . . . . 3 .
ESSEX TERMINAL RAILWAY COMPANY . . . . 1 . . . . .
GO TRANSIT . 5 4 2 4 . 1 1 2 1
GODERICH-EXETER RAILWAY COMPANY LTD. . 1 . 1 . . 3 . 2 .
GREAT SANDHILLS RAILWAY . . . . 1 . . . . .
GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY . . . . 1 . . . . .
HUDSON BAY RAILWAY . . 1 1 . . . . 1 .
HURON CENTRAL RAILWAY . . . 1 . . . . . .
KELOWNA PACIFIC RAILWAY 2 . 2 . . . . . . .
KETTLE FALLS INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY . . . . . . . . . 1
MACKENZIE NORTHERN 1 . . . . . . . . .
MONTREAL MAINE & ATLANTIC 1 . . 1 . . 1 2 1 1
NEW BRUNSWICK EAST COAST RAILWAY . 1 . . . . . . . .
NEW BRUNSWICK SOUTHERN . 1 . . . . . . . .
ONTARIO NORTHLAND . . . . . . 2 . . .
ORANGEVILLE BRAMPTON RAILWAY . . . . . . . 1 . .
OTTAWA CENTRAL RAILWAY 1 . 1 . . . . . . .
OTTAWA VALLEY RAILWAY . . . 2 . . . . . .
QUEBEC GATINEAU RAILWAY . . . . . . . . 2 .
QUEBEC NORTH SHORE AND LABRADOR RAILWAY CO. . 1 3 1 2 2 4 13 6 3
ROBERVAL AND SAGUENAY RAILWAY . . . . 1 . . . . .
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER RAILTOURS . . 1 . . . 1 . . .
ST. LAWRENCE & ATLANTIC (QUEBEC) INC. . . . 1 1 1 . . . 2
SYDNEY COAL RAILWAY . . . 2 1 . . . . .
THIRD PARTY . . . . . . . . . 1
TORONTO TERMINALS RAILWAY COMPANY . . . 1 1 . . . 1 .
TSHIUETIN RAIL TRANSPORTATION INC. . 1 1 . . . 1 1 3 .
VIA RAIL CANADA INC. 7 11 3 12 9 11 9 6 3 14
WEST COAST EXPRESS . . . 1 . . . 1 . .
UNKNOWN 25 25 7 24 50 9 35 12 . .