Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Issue 7 - Winter 2017 - Page 32

CP Rail, Teck and the Coal Connection tourismfernie.com Teck is the second-largest producer of seaborne steelmaking coal in the world, most of which comes from the five Elk Valley Mines where approximately 4,000 people are employed. An average of 10 coal trains pass through the Elk Valley daily on their way to or from the port in Vancouver. CP Rail has transported millions of tonnes of Elk Valley Coal annually since 1970; the powerful locomotives are a cultural and economic icon.