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Rail transportation safety investigation R19C0094

The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 8 December 2020.

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Main-track train derailment and dangerous goods release

Canadian Pacific Railway
Freight train 469-01
Mile 17.88, Aldersyde Subdivision
Barons, Alberta

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The occurrence

On , a locomotive and 21 cars from a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train derailed at Mile 17.8 of the Aldersyde Subdivision near Barons, Alberta. Three of the cars involved were loaded dangerous goods tank cars that leaked an undetermined amount of octanes, a flammable liquid. Emergency services implemented a temporary evacuation order and rerouted vehicular traffic in the occurrence area due to the dangerous goods release. There were no injuries or fire reported.

Media materials

News release


Investigation report: September 2019 main-track train derailment in Barons, Alberta
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Deployment notice


TSB deploys a team of investigators to the site of a train derailment in Barons, Alberta

Richmond Hill, Ontario, 2 September 2019 – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to the site of a Canadian Pacific train derailment near Barons, Alberta. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of Robert LeBlanc

Robert LeBlanc is a regional senior investigator working in the TSB Rail and Pipeline Investigations Branch in Edmonton, Alberta. Robert is a 3rd-generation railroader who brings to the TSB over 33 years of experience in all technical aspects of locomotive and freight train operations. He began his railway career in the diesel shop where he became a journeyman industrial electrician. Upon completing his studies, Robert started working as a professional electrical engineer, and climbed the ranks to the position of senior transportation engineer at Canadian National (CN).

Throughout his 10-year career at CN, Robert’s main responsibilities were train marshalling, mountain grade operations, distributed power operations, risk analysis, and safety assurance, as well as derailment investigation, analysis, cause finding, and prevention. At CN, he was the driving force behind the introduction of alternating current traction locomotives and the use of Trip Optimizer, a cruise control system for freight trains.

Class of investigation

This is a class 4 investigation. These investigations are limited in scope, and while the final reports may contain limited analysis, they do not contain findings or recommendations. Class 4 investigations are generally completed within 220 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.