Train conductor trainees back in Alberni

Students from the B.C. Institute of Technology training courses for student conductors return to Alberni this weekend.

Students from the B.C. Institute of Technology training courses for student conductors return to the region this weekend, and officials of the Alberni Pacific Railway are asking people to be vigilant at railroad crossings.

Regular work begins Saturday, Jan. 7 on the railroad and continues until Sunday, Jan. 15.

Trains may be operating between Argyle Street and Smith Road (McLean Mill) anytime between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Drivers are asked to pay special attention at rail crossings.

“Please obey the signals, particularly if the trainees are on the ground after dark,” an APR spokesperson said in a press release.

“Students will sometimes use flares and lanterns for signaling in the dark.”

Walkers and people riding all-terrain vehicles are asked to exercise special caution near the tracks, as well as Roger Creek trestle.