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.

 

13 Apr 2022
The sharp growth in container volumes at the ports of Houston and Mobile is spurring increasing demand to move freight via rail as truckers hit the limit on how much they can handle.
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.
US shippers increase routings via Canada West Coast ports
12 Jun 2019
The British Columbia ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert are increasing their market share of US cargo because Canadian railroads are pricing intermodal more aggressively to the US Midwest than are US western railroads.
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.
04 Nov 2017
There’s plenty of innovation and potential pitfalls coming down the tracks.
16 Oct 2017
Canadian National Railway Vice President of Intermodal Keith Reardon discusses the challenges that come along with the growing commoditization of the transportation industry.
21 Sep 2017
Terminal operator DP World is nearing completion on a $200 million upgrade to its Fairview Container Terminal at Prince Rupert, but remaining construction to landside infrastructure has roiled port productivity.
14 Aug 2017
The new terminal, pulling in grain carloads from the western Canadian provinces and the US Midwest, will help alleviate equipment shortages for North American outbound moves.
31 Jul 2017
Chicago-area draymen are charging shippers surcharges of $75 and even double that.
12 Jul 2017
The Canadian intermodal network has been bulking up as if on steroids.
04 Jul 2017
“With the big ships now, speed and flexibility are as important as reliability of service,” Gary Fast, associate vice president of international transportation at Canadian Tire, told the JOC Canada Trade Forum in Toronto.
29 May 2017
North American intermodal shippers using Canadian National Railway’s Canadian network are preparing for potential delays.
28 Mar 2017
Regional shippers can pay considerably less than having their goods trucked to the rail hub of Chicago.
28 Mar 2017
Climate change will mean shifting sourcing patterns, which will be a big challenge facing the cold supply chain, says Girish Nair, CN's director of multimodal innovation. 
CN Keith Reardson at TPM 2017
28 Mar 2017
CN reinvests approximately 20 percent of its revenue back in to its physical infrastructure, Vice President of Intermodal Keith Reardon said at TPM 2017. 
25 Oct 2016
Executives at the Montreal-based railway said they are dedicated to keeping pricing above inflation, even as the marketplace becomes more competitive on the roads and rails as demand slips and capacity rises.
19 Sep 2016
The Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, is studying the feasibility of a new terminal that would handle breakbulk and bulk cargoes.
Although international intermodal volume at Canadian National Railroad fell in the second quarter, its domestic intermodal business was up.
27 Jul 2016
The railway, Canada’s largest, said that traffic figures took a hit from weakened demand, but business was also curbed by challenges at Port Metro Vancouver.
06 Jul 2016
A joint venture will seek customers for a planned eastern version of Prince Rupert.
07 Jun 2016
Canadian National Railway announced Tuesday that chief executive officer Claude Mongeau will step down at the end of June, just months after returning to the railroad’s helm following treatment for a throat tumor.