Canadian National Railway

Canadian National Railway

The only transcontinental network in North America, Canadian National Railway (CN) is a Class 1 railroad that serves Canada as well as the midwestern and southern US. CN operates a rail network of more than 20,000 route-miles of track and more than 24,000 employees.

Based in Montreal, CN offers integrated transportation services in rail, intermodal, trucking, freight forwarding, warehousing, and distribution.

It was created by the Federal Government of Canada in 1918, bringing together several railways that had become bankrupt and fallen into federal government hands. CN was privatized by the federal government in 1995.

CN’s operational challenges have been the excessive container dwell times and traffic congestion at Vancouver, the country’s largest port. Critics have called for upgrades in the road and rail infrastructure of the harbor area in order to meet the demands of growing imports and exports as Vancouver expands its share of intermodal traffic moving to eastern Canada and the US Midwest.

Key Coverage

CN touts intermodal service improvements

CN plays catchup on grain but export concerns persist

Video from TPM: CN’s Mongeau says rail needs more resiliency

CN’s Mongeau sees match-backing as key to intermodal growth

Intermodal pays off for Canadian National Railway

Prince Rupert looks ahead to next million TEUs
14 Aug 2019
Sponsored: Port of Prince Rupert President and CEO Shaun Stevenson discusses the capacity challenges of early growth, hitting the 1 million TEU milestone, and plans for 2019 expansion.
12 Aug 2019
Sponsored: CN president and CEO JJ Ruest discusses working with customers on individual priorities and investing in both talent and, at the Port of Vancouver, rail expansion with the Centerm and GCT Vanterm projects.
08 Aug 2019
Canadian National Railway and CSX Transportation will launch a new international intermodal service linking Montreal and Toronto to New York.
02 Aug 2019
Canadian National Railway said its enhanced competency to handle less-than-truckload volumes allowed it to provide a more sophisticated suite of services to Hudson’s Bay.
25 Jul 2019
Sponsored: Keith Reardon, CN's senior vice president for consumer products supply chain growth, maps out the Canadian freight railway’s strategy for keeping pace with market forces.
Rail is critical link in chassis solution
05 Jul 2019
Although chassis discussions usually are focused on marine ports, figuring out a solution to chronic equipment shortages must take into account an equally complex set of railroad operations across the US heartland.
17 Jun 2019
The Illinois Trucking Association has begun to track truck turn times in Chicago rail yards to provide shippers a better understanding of how congestion disrupts the supply chain.
26 Apr 2019
Canadian National is the latest Class I railroad to launch a mobile application for truck drivers to move more quickly through intermodal terminals by submitting documents ahead of time.
14 Feb 2019
The development project is designed to meet growing cargo demand as the port expands its share of intermodal traffic destined for eastern Canada and the US Midwest.
12 Feb 2019
Container dwell times have spiked as terminal operators and Canadian railroads struggle to add sufficient capacity to handle growing volumes.
An intermodal train travels in the United States.
14 Jan 2019
Class I railroads face uncertainty in global trade, as well challenges in service and pricing, to keep momentum going in 2019.
A Canadian National Rallway train traveling.
06 Dec 2018
Canadian National Railway also is the sole rail provider at the port of Halifax.
Canadian National Railway.
31 Oct 2018
The acquisition of Canada’s largest privately owned transport operator will help Canadian National “lay down track” into new markets as intermodal revenue increases.
Railroad yard.
09 Aug 2018
In an era in which considerable, new intermodal business is there, US railroads argue they need to balance the interests of investors and shippers. Shippers argue there hasn’t been a balance.
Canadian National Railway.
24 Jul 2018
Jean-Jacques Ruest has been with Canadian National since 1996, spending the last eight years as executive vice president.
Port of Vancouver.
27 Jun 2018
Shippers that had cargo delayed at Canada’s west coast ports last winter will monitor that region's ports and railroads to gauge whether service and infrastructure changes have resolved all issues.
The Port of Prince Rupert.
30 May 2018
Ocean carriers, shippers, and other business decision makers have big plans for Canada, where strong container trade growth is expected in the immediate years ahead. The key task now is to fully fund vital infrastructure improvement and expansion projects to maintain that promising momentum.
21 Apr 2018
Sponsored: In an interview at the March 4-7, 2018 TPM Conference, CN Director of Marketing Lonny Kubas detailed the rail line's plans to bring dwell times back to 48-72 hours and increase velocity via its largest ever single-year investment. 
Canadian National Railway.
14 Mar 2018
Shippers were angered by delays over the last six months, and interim CEO Jean-Jacques Ruest has acknowledged the company's lackluster service in January and February.
Canadian National Railway.
05 Mar 2018
In the announcement, CN's board admitted that customer service and operations were not up to par since autumn, due to “insufficient network resiliency” to handle the demand of shippers.
Canadian Pacific Railway
21 Feb 2018
The expansion of business with Japan’s Ocean Network Express shipping alliance underscores Canadian Pacific Railway's intent to gain intermodal market share.
01 Feb 2018
Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Canadian National Railway, and Canadian Pacific Railway are expanding their assets and capacity to prepare for the peak season of 2018 after a troublesome peak last year.