Joanne wrote to CN on April 1, 2012:
Locomotive idling in this yard continues on an unprecedented scale.
Locomotives 7055 and 7016 were parked on the shop track 2:00pm last Sunday. Non-stop idling was noted for the next 26 hours.
After constantly bringing the idling problem to CN's attention, these locomotives were finally shutting off according to policy during the week last week.
However, I noted that the second pair of locomotives, lead unit 4731, which were parked further back in the yard, quickly filled this void and took up the all-important task of burning off fuel instead for protracted periods, in temperatures above 5 Celsius.
I decided to leave matters as they were to see if anyone at CN would notice this.
By Friday, it was time to set the weekend reset button back to zero once again.
Somewhere before 5:00am yesterday morning, CN crews left 4 engines idling a short distance from the public road, 5560, 5561, 7055, 7016.
They then left the yard with all 4 engines idling up by homes, close to the road, and left the yard.
All 4 engines remained idling there for an hour and a half until another crew arrived and moved them an hour and a half later, at 6:25am.
Ina predictable sequence of events, the remaining pair of locomotives, (lead unit 4731) were moved up in the yard onto the shop track.
They've been here since last night, it's currently 7 Celsius, and of course, idling non-stop.
CN, we're now into April. The amount of additional hours of idling, noise and vibration is unprecedented here.
There has been more hours of idling this past fall through to now than what would find in a combined time period of several years together previously.
By not continually bringing this to CN's attention, I believe that many, many more hours of emissions - on top of current increases - would result as this situation is clearly not being monitored.
The case in point is today...don't report unnecessary idling to CN, the net result is that the situation quickly reverts back to fuel conservation policy contraventions, soot wafting out of the yard, and the pervasive, annoying drone of hours and hours - or even a full day or more - of idling locomotives.
As for the current idling situation involving locomotive 4731, I seem to recall that we recently went through weeks of non-stop idling from this locomotive as crews were bypassing the Smartstart system by leaving the cab heater on.
Is that why this unit is again running incessantly?
Who is paying for all this extra wasted fuel, besides the environment and residents, through compromised air quality?
Could CN please determine why this locomotive is once again not shutting off - again!