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Making of the Canadian National Railway

Written by; Markus MacIntyre / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sat Sep 26 2009


The Canadian National Railways, was started in the year 1919, and is the longest railway system present in North America.

The CN Railways Company has the distinction of covering more than 50,000 km of track in the whole of Canada and some parts of USA.

This Class I railway system is controlled by CN Railway Company with its headquarters in Montreal, Quebec.

The revenue generated from this company makes it one of Canada's rising stars that is of the transcontinental nature due to its expansion across the continent.

The railway company had the name of Canadian National Railways (CNR) during the period from 1918 to 1960 and changed to Canadian National (CN) from 1960 until present. It's now large Canadian public company that has 22,000 employees and a huge market capitalization.

Rolling Stock of the Canadian National Railway

The railway company acquired its first steam locomotives in the year 1927. The next 20 years saw the Canadian railways use 200 more locomotives for passenger and freight operations. The last of these steam locomotives were replaced in the 1970s after serving the country faithfully for a long period.

The first electric locomotives were the box-cabs electric that was used through the tunnel known as Mount Royal. GE manufactured these locomotives during the years 1914 to 1918. The New Montreal Central Station that was opened in the year 1943 was the place where these electric locomotives were extensively used to keep the area smoke free.

During 1950s centre cab electric locomotives manufactured by GE was made part of the railway fleet. By the year 1952 EMU's manufactured by Canadian Car and Foundry company was used in Montreal. However, during this time the electrification of the railways was restricted to Montreal only.

From late 1950's the use of electric locomotives spread to places like Turcot and Saint Lambert to spread the reach of the electric locomotives across the country.

The diesel locomotives are extensively used by the CN Railways these days in its narrow gauge lines in Newfoundland.

For passenger service, the GMD FP9 series diesel locomotives are being used along with FPA-4 models.

The railways presently have more than 1548 locomotives in its fleet most of which have been manufactured by GE. The diesel locomotives are being used for both passenger and freight operations. The DC motor enabled locomotives are used for providing heavy haul service.

Facts about the Canadian National Railway

Here are some quick facts about the Canadian National Railway:

1) The popular railway destinations in the country are Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, and Jasper.

2) The railway route in the northern portion of the country is between Winnipeg to Churchill, in the Atlantic region the route is from Halifax to Montreal, there are other routes that goes through the Rocky Mountains including the Pacific region.

3) There are rail passes that allows travelers to visit different parts of Canada in an economical way. These passes are valid for a period of 12 days to 30 days depending of the type of pass purchased. A 10-day Corridor pass allows travel in southern Quebec and southern Ontario.


Copyright: 2009

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