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CN to rebuild Steen River rail bridge

CN will rebuild the rail bridge over the Steen River in Alberta, with Imperial Oil and Suncor contributing funds to the reconstruction, the Class I announced yesterday.

The approaches on both ends of the 360-foot bridge will be rebuilt with concrete and steel and the bridge deck of the steel span across the river will be replaced. Construction should be completed by mid-August, CN officials said in a press release.

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CN hires Trent to oversee Class I's 'digital transformation'

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 7/16/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image CN has hired David Trent, a global information technology leader with more than 20 years of experience, to serve as chief digital officer and help the Class I modernize its scheduled railroad model.In his new role, Trent will be responsible for building a "digitally agile organization" and working with business and operational leaders to drive improved performance and customer experience, CN officials said in a press release.Most recently, Trent was vice president of technology and digital at Canfor Corp., where he spearheaded the company's digital transformation, CN officials said."David's proven track record in creating value for the business and transforming an organization towards digitization is mission-critical as we modernize our operations," said CN President and Chief Executive Officer JJ Ruest. "Through cost efficiencies, asset utilization and superior customer experience, CN’s new chief digital officer will drive long-term value creation for our customers and shareholders.”Trent will be based in Montreal and begin his new job Aug. 19. He will report to Michael Foster, CN's executive vice president and chief information and technology officer.

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CN's grain traffic maintained record pace in June

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 7/2/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image Western Canadian grain movements were at high ebb through 11 months of the 2018-19 crop year.Photo – CN

CN today announced its western Canadian grain movements in June exceeded 2.3 million metric tons (MMT) compared with 1.99 MMT in June 2018.

The cumulative tonnage moved by the railroad through 11 months of the 2018-19 crop year was on record pace at 25.5 MMT — 1 million tons ahead of the previous record-setting pace — despite the restrictions on Canadian exports to China, CN officials said in a press release. The three-year average of grain movements per month is 1.80 MMT.

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Teamsters rail traffic controllers ratify new CN contract

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 6/18/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image CN announced late last week that the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Rail Canada Traffic Controllers has ratified a new four-year agreement with the Class I.Retroactive to Jan. 1, 2019, the contract provides for wages and benefits improvements for 180 rail traffic controllers in Canada."We are pleased that, along with furthering long term labor stability, this agreement demonstrates once again that our team of skilled railroaders, whether management or union, are working together toward mutually satisfying solutions," said CN President and Chief Executive Officer JJ Ruest in a press release.CN and the union reached a tentative agreement in May.

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CN marks 100th year in business

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 6/10/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image Founded by an act of Parliament in Canada on June 6, 1919, CN evolved from a federal crown corporation for 75 years to a private railroad company in 1995.Photo – CN

CN officially marked its 100th anniversary last week.

Founded by an act of Parliament in Canada on June 6, 1919, CN evolved from a federal crown corporation for 75 years to a private railroad company in 1995. The Class I spans North America, from eastern to western Canada and the Gulf of Mexico.

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