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Oil train mishaps reveal tank car strengths and limitations
Two same-day derailments of crude oil trains in Canada and a third in West Virginia two days later illustrate the strengths and limitations of the newest general-purpose tank cars plying…
CN: “Record-setting grain movements”
CN “is continuing its record-setting pace of grain movements and remains fully in sync with the grain supply chain in Western Canada,” President and CEO Claude Mongeau said on Feb.…
Canada: Grasping government tightens grip on grain
Canada’s Conservative government extended its takeover of railway grain movements Nov. 29, ordering CN and Canadian Pacific to shift specified quantities of grain each week throughout the winter, or be…
CN reports record 3Q 2014 results
CN has reported record financial and operating results for the third quarter and nine-month period ended Sept. 30, 2014.
No injuries reported in Saskatchewan derailment
Canadian officials reported no injuries Wednesday morning, Oct. 8, 2014, in the aftermath of a CN train derailment occurring Tuesday near Wadena, Saskatchewan that generated smoke and some fears of…
CN sells Georgetown-Kitchener line segment to Metrolinx
Metrolinx, the Province of Ontario’s regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), is purchasing the 33-mile Georgetown-Kitchener segment of CN’s Guelph Subdivision.
CN again named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
CN’s sustainability practices have earned it a place on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the third consecutive year that the railroad has been listed on the DJSI…
Locomotives: Is LNG the next generation?
LNG is one of several advanced technologies changing motive power in significant ways.
CN inaugurates Winnipeg training center
CN on Sept. 9, 2014 officially opened its new employee training center in Winnipeg. The 100,000-square-foot facility is currently hosting 350-plus CN students from across Canada on a weekly basis,…
Algoma Central, CN seek passenger service operators
The Algoma Central Railway Passenger Service Working Group is seeking a contract operator for ACR’s passenger service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, Ontario, and has issued a request for…
Rail revenue adequacy? Well, sort of
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) ruled Sept. 2 that five Class I railroads—BNSF, U.S. affiliates of Canadian National and Canadian Pacific, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific—are revenue adequate. That is,…
CN, CP: Bring on the harvest
Canada’s 2014-2015 grain harvest will soon be under way, and both CN and Canadian Pacific say they are well-prepared to accommodate the new harvest with a steady throughput rate in…
CN toughs out a challenging first quarter
“The winter of a lifetime,” as described by CN President and CEO Claude Mongeau, bumped up CN’s first-quarter 2014 operating expenses and ratio compared to the year-ago quarter, but despite…
Mongeau continues assault on “intrusive re-regulation”
“Intrusive re-regulation of railways alone will not increase rail volumes of grain, now or in the future,” CN President and CEO Claude Mongeau said in an address to the Winnipeg…
CN to grain elevators: Stop complaining and start performing
CN, fighting the Canadian government’s attempt to impose on grain movements “ill-advised legislation to unfairly punish the rail industry,” on March 31, 2014 reported that it spotted 5,102 hopper cars…
CN to Ritz and Raitt: “It’s a sad day for Canada”
Legislation tabled on March 26, 2014 by Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt to increase regulations on and oversight of railroad grain transportation, and to introduce…
DOT-111 phase-out highlights CN hazmat safety initiatives
CN “continues to take significant steps to strengthen our railway’s Safety Management System, with the goal of improving the safety of transportation of dangerous goods,” says President and CEO Claude…
TCRC-CTY accepts CN “one last time” offer
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons (TCRC-CTY) has accepted CN’s offer to enter labor negotiations for a contract settlement on the condition that final and binding arbitration will…
CN proposes binding arbitration with TCRC-CTY
CN on March 20, 2014 proposed binding arbitration to reach a contract settlement with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons (TCRC-CTY) after the union advised that the tentative…
Canada grain shippers, railways in a “cold” war
Clearing the autumn grain harvest from trackside elevators is a perennial occasion for ritual fist-shaking on the Canadian Prairies. Western Canadian farmers enjoy a long tradition of blaming the railways…
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