The Alberni Pacific Railway is cautioning drivers to exercise caution at all railway crossings in the Alberni Valley for the next couple of weeks. Students from BCIT’s student conductor course will be training on the railway beginning Saturday, July 9.
Trains will be operating between Argyle Street and Smith Road (the McLean Mill) anytime between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Drivers are asked to pay special attention at rail crossings, especially at Argyle Street and Catalyst Paper Mill.
“Please obey the signals, particularly if the trainees are on the ground after dark,” a railroad spokesperson said in a press release.
“Students will sometimes use flares for signaling in the dark.”
Walkers and people riding all-terrain vehicles are warned to be especially cautious when around railroad tracks, as well as on Roger Creek trestle.
Training may also take place on the Best Western Barclay Hotel siding on Roger Street.
“Remember that these are students who are try to learn to be safe on the railroad,” the spokesperson said.