Montreal, Maine & Atlantic trains to return to Lac-Mégantic on Wednesday

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LAC-MÉGANTIC, Quebec – Freight trains will again pass through Lac-Mégantic starting tomorrow, about five months after an oil train ran away and derailed in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. The resulting fire and explosion killed 47 people. Trains will run through the town on a rebuilt section of track on municipal property. Only trains carrying non-hazardous trains will be operated.

Rail service will be restored to the industrial park to Tafisa Canada Inc., a particleboard manufacturer, and Logi-Bel Entreposage Inc., a logistics company.

“That’s phase one,” says bankruptcy trustee Robert Keach, who is overseeing the railway company’s Chapter 11 case. Phase two will determine what kind of traffic will occur over the rest of the line, he says.

“We are trying to be really sensitive to the situation. This isn’t a question of what’s legal and what’s not legal. This is about what’s practical and what’s right, and that’s how we’re conducting the conversation,” Keach tells the Wall Street Journal.
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