Why train engines idling so long?

Just in time for the Blazers hockey game, a train parked in the CP yard and left the engine idling. They must not have come specifically for the game because they left the engine idling until Sunday at 1:30 p.m. or 12 continuous hours. I can only assume because of the loss of the railway-tie processing plant that the CPR is trying to assure us that no decrease in pollution results from the cancellation of the ACC project. Perhaps the railway is making excessive profits and by leaving engines running for an excessive amount of time the profits will stabilize. I have had previous correspondence with The Daily News and have had my comments printed or acknowledged but no explanation why there is no limitation on the times engines are allowed to idle or if there is any law preventing excess running of engines when parked.

The number of times the engines are allowed to park and idle is not infrequent and I am sure is no benefit to the air quality of our city.

Do you know if there is any logical reason for this practice?



Editor's note: The noise of idling CP trains in the rail yards has been the cause of many complaints and many news stories over the years. In 2006, after Lorne Street residents petitioned City council to put pressure on CP about mess and noise, company spokesman Ed Greenberg said the locomotives have equipment that shuts the engines down when they reach a specific temperature, which saves on fuel as well as environment and noise. "However, when it gets below a certain temperature at night, the engine will continue to idle. They're big machines."

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