TRURO - If you were recently passing the tracks on East Prince Street, you probably witnessed an unusually long train sitting on the rails.
A Canadian National railway repair train sits idling on the tracks on East Prince St. in Truro on Friday morning. Baillie Saunders – Special to the Truro Daily News
Louis-Antoine Paquin, regional manager of public and government affairs for Canadian National (CN) railway, said the unique piece of equipment was a repair train used to replace rails.
“The train was doing track maintenance. The train was sitting there because that train was dropping off pieces of rail,” said Paquin.
“We do regular inspections. Depending on the conclusion of the inspection, then we can decide whether or not to replace the track.”
The abnormally long repair train, packed with rails, appeared in the area early Friday morning.
Paquin said rails are constantly kept up-to-date and the rails can be very long in length.
“Truro is on CN’s main track and our main track is inspected on a weekly basis,” he said.
“Those repair trains can be 3,000, 4,000 or up to 5,000 feet long.”
CN operates 32,000 km of track from south, east to west coast.