Canadian Pacific Railway names Kamloops’ interchange in honor of Chinese rail worker

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia –  In a ceremony highlighted by a Lion Dance that symbolizes good luck and good blessings, Canadian Pacific Railway named a railway interchange in Kamloops in honor of Cheng Ging Butt, a railway laborer who represented the dedication of those who came forward to work on the CPR transcontinental line in the British Columbia interior, the company announced. Thousands of Chinese railway workers helped build the Canadian Pacific Railway from the West Coast to Eagle Pass in the Monashee Mountains of Western Canada and many perished. "Cheng Ging Butt is representative of the extraordinary people who withstood

NS and CP: Agreement Will Improve Performance

CALGARY – Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and Norfolk Southern Railway (NSR) on June 30 signed a memorandum of understanding for an exchange of trackage rights, freight haulage and yard services that both railroads say will increase operational efficiency and enhance rail service to customers. “This agreement with NSR opens up new opportunity to move our northeastern U.S. franchise into a position of profitability,” Rob Ritchie, President and Chief Executive Officer of CPR, said. “We expect the changes will generate higher traffic volumes and revenues, greater productivity and lower operating costs.” CPR announced in June 2003 it was restructuring its northeastern

CPR Employs Plus Technology

CALGARY, Alberta – Canadian Pacific Railway has become the first Canadian railway to use a PLUS train – a high-speed ballast unloading system that is revolutionizing the way the company spreads new ballast to maintain the integrity of a track roadbed. PLUS or “Programmable Linear Unloading System,” reduces ballast spreading to a fraction of the time it previously took, speeding up maintenance work, thus reducing impact to the train operation.  Ballast, made up of cleaned crushed rock, is the solid foundation that ensures the tracks are able to handle modern trains. With the aid of a laptop computer, global positioning

Swing Time Ending for Black River Railroad Bridge

March 31, 2004 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

LA CROSSE, Wis. – A century-old railroad swing bridge will soon get a lift. During the last week of April, Canadian Pacific Railway will replace a 307-foot truss swing span with a more modern rolling bascule span, turning its 1902 swing bridge over the Black River between La Crosse and French Island into a lift bridge. Improvements to the railroad bridge, which is a mile south of the Interstate 90 bridge, will allow train traffic to operate more fluidly between Wisconsin and Minnesota. “The new structure will substantially reduce maintenance costs in our current high axle loading environment and provide

CPR Gives Amtrak Best On-Time Performance in Country

March 23, 2004 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Canadian Pacific Railway dispatcher Jimmy Norris insists it’s a simple matter to keep the Hiawatha trains on time better than any other Amtrak route in the country. Don’t be fooled. Preparation and knowing the train crews and the territory are key, Norris acknowledges. “It takes a lot of planning when there are a lot of heavy freights to see when it will be clear for Amtrak,” said Norris, who will mark his 25th year as a dispatcher this May. Thanks to Norris and the other CPR dispatchers in Minneapolis, the Hiawatha service trains were on time 95.5

CPR: Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure Should be National Priority

December 31, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

TORONTO, Ontario – Canada urgently needs a long-term strategy to address looming capacity constraints in the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure, Rob Ritchie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Pacific Railway, said here Dec. 5. “Let’s resolve here and now to make the improvement and sustainability of Canada’s transportation infrastructure a national priority,” Ritchie said in a speech to the Toronto Railway Club. “This is a great gift that our government and business leaders can give to future generations of Canadians.” He called on federal, provincial and civic leaders to develop “a new, collective vision” for an efficient, integrated and

Innovation Under Way as Railway Aims to Cut Costs

December 18, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CALGARY, Alberta – Canadian Pacific Railway in December became the first railway in Canada to operate intermodal freight trains with mid-train remote-control locomotives, the company said. Mimicking the control inputs of engineers in leading locomotives, the remote-control units enable CPR to run intermodal trains approaching three kilometers in length through the winter when they were previously shortened because of air-pressure loss in colder temperatures. Since 1995 all new main-line locomotives ordered by CPR have been equipped to operate in leading or remote-control configuration. Introduction of remote-control locomotives is a cornerstone of the railway’s campaign to completely transform its intermodal service,

CPR Uses Vin Numbers To Boost Auto Shipment Efficiency

March 25, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

TORONTO, Ontario – Canadian Pacific Railway is nearing completion of a $4.5-million, multi-year program to harmonize railway shipments of motor vehicles with manufacturers’ and dealers’ computerized inventory systems through the use of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) that appears beneath the windshield of every new car and light truck. Once fully operational by mid-year, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) VIN program will make it possible for customers to follow the progress of not only railway freight cars but also the individual automobiles and light trucks in them as they make their way from assembly plants to showrooms via the railway’s

CPR Joins Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism

March 23, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CALGARY, Alberta – Canadian Pacific Railway on March 21 announced it has further strengthened its cross-border security by joining the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). C-TPAT is a U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection initiative to build relationships between business and government that strengthen overall supply chain and border security. “C-TPAT membership is an important vote of confidence in the steps CPR has taken to run a secure railway in the face of recent security threats,” Rob Ritchie, CPR’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “Initiatives such as C-TPAT help to keep important international trade routes operating safely

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