LETTER: Trains should not run all day

Why is it that CP Rail has its diesel engines running for hours at a time (usually during the night) along Vernon Street.

Why is it that CP Rail has its diesel engines running for hours at a time (usually during the night) along Vernon Street, without being moved.

Diesel is one of the worst carcinogens there is.

Is anyone at CP thinking about the impact of these engines, running hour after hour, on the people who live in the immediate area of the train yards?

At this time, we unfortunately do live close by.

I have contacted CP Rail by email as they have no phone number locally, explaining my concerns about this ongoing, serious health hazard. After several weeks, I have still not received a reply.

What justification is there for these engines being run like this?

It’s not like it’s 40 below in Nelson. Even if that were the case, I’ve never noted trains running for hours at a time, without moving, anywhere else that I’ve lived, to “warm up” or for whatever reason this practise continues.

We can’t see the pollution this is causing, but the long-term health effects are very real.

The people living in this area may pay dearly if this continues.

CP, are you finally listening?

I’d like some answers and I’m sure other people in this area would too.

G. H. Hartman

Nelson