Canadian National Railway Profile & Job Opportunities
Canadian National Railway's tracks cover North America like a giant letter T with a network of over 19,000 miles of track. In Canada, CN's rails stretch from coast to coast, stretching from Halifax, Nova Scotia on the eastern Atlantic Coast to Vancouver and Prince Rupert, British Columbia on the western Pacific Coast. From Canada, CN extends southward and bisects the central United States through Chicago and on to the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama. Major North American cities served by CN include Calgary, Edmonton, Quebec, Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg in Canada, and Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Mobile, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis in the United States.
CN dubs itself as “North America's Railroad,” and the fact that it's the only North American Railroad to service all three coasts, the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico, they have a valid assertion.
Primary commodities and products hauled by Canadian National
Automobiles, automotive parts, chemicals, coal, fertilizers, forest products, grain, intermodal traffic (containers and trailers), metals, minerals, and petroleum.
The regions Canadian National services and how it got there
Canadian National came into being in 1919 when the Canadian government took over control of three ailing railroads. Canadian National remained a government corporation until 1995 when it was privatized with a public stock offering.
In 1998, Canadian National purchased the Illinois Central Railroad (IC) and added over 2,600 miles to its route map and the north-south trunk (of the before-mentioned “T”) to what had previously been an east-west railroad. IC's lines extended from Chicago to New Orleans with branches to Baton Rouge, Mobile, Omaha, and St. Louis.
In 2001, Canadian National purchased the Wisconsin Central solidifying the middle portion its transcontinental system in the upper Midwest. The Wisconsin Central acquisition added a 2,850 mile main line from Chicago to Superior, WI., and branch lines running from Minneapolis across central Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Sault Ste. Marie on the Michigan-Ontario border.
In 2004, Canadian National acquired the parent company of Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad and the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railroad. Bessemer & Lake Erie RR extended from near Pittsburgh to the Great Lakes port of Conneaut, OH. It also gave CN and interchange with Norfolk Southern near Erie, PA. The Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range RR (DM&IR) was the largest iron ore hauling railroad in the United States. The DM&IR route funnels taconite pellets (used in the manufacturing of steel) from plants in the Mesabi-range of northeast Minnesota to the harbors of Duluth and Two Harbors (on Lake Superior) and connecting railroads in Duluth and Superior, WI.
Canadian National also acquired Canadian railroad BC Rail in 2004. This purchase strengthened CN's exposure in British Columbia, extending from North Vancouver in the south to Fort Nelson in remote north British Columbia.
In 2008, Canadian National announced they would acquire Chicago-area regional railroad EJ&E Railway (Elgin, Joliet & Eastern railroad) to improve its access and reduce congestion to Chicago's network of railroads. This purchase faced stiff opposition from the communities along the EJ&E lines who were concerned with the increase in railroad traffic.