Trains

Delayed By A Train?

 

Contact CN at 1-800-465-9239

If you are stopped behind a long, slow-moving or stationary train, call 1-800-465-9239.

If the warning arms and bells are malfunctioning, call the Saskatoon City Police non-emergency number – 306-975-8300. The Police have the numbers for staff at Chappell Yard.

Alert our City Councillor Hilary Gough as well at 306-717-4533.  Note the date and time you were stopped and how long it took before the train cleared the intersection or the malfunctioning equipment was repaired. Also report the track and direction of the train.

A spring storm in 1954 brought down lines at the railway crossing at 11th Street and Dundonald Avenue. Montgomery Place can be seen in the background. Genereaux Family photo

Montgomery Place Nemesis

You’re in a hurry, anxious to get to work, school or an appointment and in the distance you see the arms lowering as the bells start clanging… Train! A constant frustration and obstruction, being hemmed in by trains has taken its toll on Montgomery Place residents since 1946.

Trains are much longer today than regulations allowed in 1946. They also seem more frequent, as hundreds of oil tankers and potash cars move past our community perimeter. Grain cars from the elevator add more delays and frustrations. Day and night, the shunting, screeching, honking and rumbling noises roll over Montgomery Place… along with the smells. Noise, smells, heavy traffic, delays, and dangerous goods rolling past our community make for much frustration.

The 1960s were pivotal times for Montgomery Place residents in our battle against rail traffic. In February 1963, the Montgomery Place Ratepayers Association met with City and CN officials to voice concerns regarding the possible relocation of the Canadian National Railways to immediately south of Montgomery Place. To no avail; the CN opened south of Montgomery Place in November 1964. That year a new road to the CN yards – Chappell Drive – was built after complaints that Elevator Road had become a thoroughfare for all manner of trucks and traffic headed to the train station.

Then, with rail line abandonment across Saskatchewan in the 1980s, truck traffic to the elevator increased dramatically. More and bigger trucks began appearing more frequently, adding more heavy truck traffic to 11th Street.

In the fall of 2001, CN centralized its provincial container facilities and closed its operation in Regina. This meant that Saskatchewan goods being shipped via CN in the increasingly popular containers now all headed to Saskatoon’s Chappell Yards. This added heavy, noisy, polluting inbound and outbound traffic on 11th Street and Chappell Drive.

In 2010 when the construction of Circle Drive South got underway, Montgomery Place residents held out hope that the rail crossing at 11th Street and Dundonald Avenue could be circumvented, but that proved a vain hope.  

Later in 2015, came the ineffective berm, that low hillock between Montgomery Place and Chappell Yards, made during the building of the Civic Operations Centre.

Today Montgomery Place residents suffer 24-hour, seven-days-a-week heavy truck congestion, air and noise pollution, dangerous goods, and train delays that have grown in frequency and wait time. Montgomery Place resident Dick Beamish’s words from 1963 were prophetic

“… the last spot we wanted to live was in the shadow of the railway station, a switching yard and a throughway for the traffic that must serve both.”