Rail safety

Ensures railways are constructed properly, conducts inspections of railway systems, investigates incidents and enforces legislation.


Alberta has approximately 345 industrial railways, 7 heritage railways and 3 public railways which are provincially regulated. Railways are an integral part of the province's transportation system moving several million tons of goods within the province each year. This includes petroleum, forest and agriculture products, as well as other manufactured and consumer products. Provincially regulated railways operate in accordance with the Railway (Alberta) Act

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Crossings, whistling and line discontinuance

Requirements and public concerns for railway crossings, discontinuance of railway track, and train whistling requirements.

Operating requirements

Railway audit protocols, incident reporting, operating approvals and training requirements.

Procedures and equipment

Blue flag, derail device, grounding and bonding, safety bulletins, legislation and forms.

Rail safety email updates

Stay up to date with Rail Safety Web notifications for new Safety Bulletins, Circulars, and other rail news.

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Connect with Alberta EDGE (Environmental and Dangerous Goods Emergencies) for information on industrial, shortline or heritage railways:

Phone: 780-422-9600
Toll free in Alberta: 1-800-272-9600
Email: [email protected]

Connect with Transport Canada for Canadian National and Canadian Pacific crossing issues:

Toll free: 1-888-463-0521
Email: [email protected]