The Alberni Pacific Railway is warning drivers and pedestrians to use caution around railroad crossings beginning Feb. 12, when the BCIT conductors’ course returns to Port Alberni.
Trains will be operating between Argyle Street and Smith Road (at McLean Mill) between 5 a.m. and sometimes 11 p.m. The conductor students will sometimes have to operate in the evenings or early mornings, “just like in the real railway world,” an APR spokesperson said.
Drivers are asked to obey all signals at rail crossings, particularly if the BCIT trainees are on the ground after dark. Students will sometimes use flares for signaling in the dark.
Walkers and ATVers are asked to exercise caution near the railroad tracks as well. Training will also take place on the Best Western Barclay Hotel siding.