Rail in White Rock

The City of White Rock has a railway on the waterfront. This single track rail line is operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) and used by BNSF and Amtrak passenger trains.  The line operates 24 hours. 


BNSF Railway Public Notice - Summer 2017 Vegetation Management Program

In order to maintain the safe and efficient functioning of train operations, BNSF Railway will be conducting their Summer 2017 vegetation management program on the tracks and ballast areas within the City of White Rock between June 20 and 23 Their plan is to apply through White Rock in the morning of June 20, however, the exact timing will be dependent on weather and track availability. Prior to treatment, Treatment Notices will be posted at all public and road accesses to the proposed treatment areas advising of the date and time of treatments. Precautions to minimize exposure to herbicides and contact information will be contained on the Treatment Notices. For further information about this notice, please contact: Chris Bryan, Alligare, LLC, Railroad Operations-Vegetation at 303-842-6564 or email cbryan@alligare.com.

Analysis of Rail Relocation - Report from Mary-Jane Bennett to Council dated October 15, 2014


Rail in the Day - Order Revoked on 12 December 2014

Between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., all trains are ordered to sound repeated short engine whistles regardless of whether or not animals or persons are on the track. This was an Order from Transport Canada on 31 July 2014. 

Rail at Night

Between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., a short warning signal is required by each northbound train at the crossing at Finlay Street and for each southbound train at the Bay Street crossing. The engine bell is required to ring continuously between all crossings through White Rock.  

Train Horn for White Rock Promenade


Finlay Street-

North Bound

Finlay Street-

South Bound


North and South Bound

Bay Street-

North Bound

Bay Street-

South Bound

6:00am to 8:00pm L-L-S-L L-L-S-L L-L-S-L L-L-S-L L-L-S-L
8:00pm to 6:00am S-S + Bell       S-S + Bell


L=Long train horn

S=Short train horn


Transport Canada Contact Information

If you observe train whistling that is outside of the criteria listed above, please contact Dennis Maskell of Transport Canada at;

Council Direction on Rail Relocation

At the Council meeting on 8 September 2014, Council approved the following resolution regarding rail relocation;

THAT Council directs staff to initiate the process and application for the relocation of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) rails from the waterfront of the City of White Rock in accordance with the Railway Relocation and Crossing Act, and work on this matter with the City of Surrey and the Corporation of Delta where it is applicable to do so.  

Community Dialogue Session on Rail Safety and Dangerous Goods - 7 July 2014

On 7 July 2014 the City hosted a moderated Community Dialogue Session regarding rail safety and dangerous goods.

The following presentations were made at the Community Dialogue Session: