Trains and railway crossings

An at-grade crossing, also referred to as street level crossing, is where a roadway passes across a rail line at the same elevation. Vehicles are required to stop and yield to the crossing train.

There are several at-grade crossings in Strathcona County. Both Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN) operate rail lines which run through Strathcona County.

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Questions about railways and crossings

Train whistle cessation

Update: On November 26, 2019, Strathcona County Council passed a resolution to enact whistle cessation:

  • at CP Rail’s crossing at 34 Street south of Baseline Road,

and at four CN Rail crossings north of Highway 630:

  • Range Road 205
  • Range Road 210
  • Range Road 211A
  • Range Road 213

Prior to Council passing a resolution to enact whistle cessation, a detailed safety assessment has been done at each crossing, and safety improvements have been installed. Now that the resolution for these crossings has passed, rail companies have 30 days (from November 26, 2019) to notify Transport Canada about whistle cessation for implementation.

You may still hear a train whistle at times - conductors always have the authority to sound it at their discretion.

Remember: observe and obey all warning devices when approaching any railway crossing and look both directions before crossing.

Three additional crossings, due to their complexity, are expected to be taken to council in 2020 for whistle cessation resolution. They are:

  • Range Road 214; north of Highway 630 
  • Township Road 524; east of Highway 630 
  • Highway 830 (Range Road 215); north of Highway 630 

Train whistle cessation map (701.1 KB)

Train Whistle Cessation Policy. (28.9 KB).

Many residents living close to rail crossings in Strathcona County and the City of Edmonton feel the noise of train whistles negatively impacts their quality of life and/or property value. These concerns have been growing with increasing train traffic passing through the County. 

The process of whistle cessation involves a detailed safety assessment both by Strathcona County and the railway authority. Each crossing is unique and must be evaluated independently to meet the federal standards and requirements to achieve train whistle cessation.

As Strathcona County moves forward with the process, the web page will be updated on routine basis to inform residents as progress is made.


Questions about train whistle cessation

Train safety resources

Government of Alberta -Rail Safety

Information on teaching your children how to safely negotiate an at-grade crossing as a pedestrian

Operation Lifesaver is a partnership initiative of the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada and works in cooperation with the rail industry, government, police, unions, and many public organizations and community groups. Operation Lifesaver offers information on rail safety, as well as free resources for your classroom or community group.

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Last updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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