Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1977, January 7 - 14 cars derailed at Finch, Canadian Pacific, Winchester subdivision, caused by a broken axle




Ottawa Citizen 7 January 1977

14 cars derailed : FINCH (Staff) Fourteen cars of a 100-car Canadian Pacific freight train derailed here today, blocking the main highway linking this village 45 miles south of Ottawa with Crysler, 12 miles north. There was no damage to private property. No injuries were reported. Five propane tank cars remained on the rails. Investigators and a cleanup crew were dispatched from Montreal shortly after the 9 a.m. derailment, but eastbound and westbound tracks and the highway were expected to be blocked for most of the day. A CP Rail spokesman said he was not sure what the derailed cars were carrying.

Ottawa Journal 8 January 1977

14 CP Rail cars derailed
CORNWALL (Special) CP Rail officials officials say a broken axle caused Friday's 14-boxcar train derailment at, Finch. about 20 miles northwest of here.
One of the cars was a propane gas tank but it held and none of the gas leaked. The other cars were carrying fertilizer, soymeal, flower and furniture.
No one was Injured fn the mishap and CP officials said it will take "a couple of days" before an accurate assessment of damages is available.
Much of the damage was cleared up late Friday night when cranes were brought in from Montreal and Toronto.
Officials say it could take another few days before the main line is back in full operation because 400 feet of track was ripped up as well.
In the meantime a temporary track has been installed. This is the second derailment In the area in the past three months.. A CP train with 21 freight cars derailed at Monkland, about 12 miles north of here, Nov. 1 ripping up track and pavement along Highway 43,




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