CN Tier 4 locomotive at GE Transportation’s Fort Worth, Texas, plant. (Photo: GE)

Canadian National Railway Co. spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, and is currently Canada’s only transcontinental railroad.

Canadian National serves the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.

In terms of revenue and network size, the railroad is Canada’s largest.

Canadian National was formed between 1918 and 1923, the combination of several bankrupt railroads controlled by the government. The railroad remained under the government’s control until it was privatized in 1995.

Although the railroad is today a freight operation, it operated passenger service until 1978. Passenger service was assumed by VIA Rail in 1978.

Canadian National owns and operates extensive operations in the United States, including the Illinois Central Railroad and the Wisconsin Central Railway.

Canadian National Headlines

Canadian National Facts & Figures

Here are some facts and figures about Montreal-based Canadian National.

  • Route Miles: 17,821
  • Number of Employees: 23,190
  • Locomotives: n/a
  • Freight Cars on System: n/a

Canadian National Reporting Marks

Railroads have many reporting marks, identification assigned by the American Association of Railroads. Here are the marks for Canadian National:

  • CN
  • CNA
  • CNIS

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