Train whistles can be heard in the Québec town of Lac-Mégantic for the first time since 47 people died in the July 2013 derailment that devastated the small community.
Operator Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MM&A) rolled the first train through town in the early afternoon of December 18, 2013, en route to gather particle board, a much less concerning cargo than the millions of litres of crude oil that spilled over the town’s landscape on July 6, 2013.
In fact, hazardous materials are now forbidden from rail transport through Lac-Mégantic, part of a recent agreement between MM&A, Transport Canada and municipal officials.
Despite the displeasure of some locals about rail service resuming, municipal officials say that Lac-Mégantic’s economy depends on rail transport.
Although MM&A filed for bankruptcy during summer 2013, the railway has not yet been sold, despite a number of interested buyers.