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TSB: Broken axle led to CN coal train derailment

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has found that a broken axle on a freight car led to the January 2018 derailment of a CN train near New Hazelton, British Columbia.

The incident occurred when a CN train moving west at 29 mph experienced a train-initiated emergency brake application near New Hazelton. A subsequent inspection determined that 27 gondola cars loaded with coal derailed, with some of the product spilling into a nearby waterway.

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CN to increase rail capacity at Port of Vancouver's Burrard Inlet corridor

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 2/15/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image By building a second track, CN will increase rail capacity, which will improve rail-traffic flow in and out of the port.Photo – Shutterstock

CN, the Canadian government and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority have signed an agreement calling for upgrades to the Burrard Inlet rail corridor that serves the south shore port area in Vancouver.

The work is necessary to increase capacity on a critical segment of trade infrastructure in the Vancouver area, according to a press release. The project calls for double tracking a 2.5-mile section of rail that links expanding import and export terminals on the Burrard Inlet's south shore to the national rail network.

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CN recognized as a top Montreal employer

The "Canada's Top 100 Employers" project has recognized CN as one of Montreal's top employers, the Class I announced yesterday.

This is the third consecutive year that the railroad has been recognized by Canada's Top 100 Employers, an annual competition first published in 2006, CN officials said in a press release.

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USW Local 2004 ratifies pact with CN

CN employees who are members of United Steelworkers Local 2004 (USW) have approved a new five-year contract, the union and Class I announced yesterday.

For the past several weeks, members have been voting on the tentative agreement reached between CN and Local 2004 in December 2018. The contract covers 3,000 USW members who inspect, maintain and repair CN's system of track, bridges and infrastructure in Canada.

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Unifor Local 100 ratifies CN contract

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 2/1/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image Unifor Local 100 members have ratified a new agreement with CN.Photo – unifor.org

Unifor Local 100 members have voted in favor of ratifying a new four-year collective agreement with CN.

The agreement — which covers 2,100 locomotive and freight-car mechanics, electricians and apprentices — represents a "breakthrough in improvements to benefits at CN," Unifor officials said in a press release.

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CN scores solid Q4 results, sets record capital spending for 2019

CN yesterday reported fourth-quarter revenue of CA$3.8 billion, up 16 percent compared with fourth-quarter 2017 results.

Operating income climbed 19 percent to CA$1.4 billion and adjusted diluted earnings per share jumped 24 percent to CA$1.49. Diluted earnings in fourth-quarter 2017 included a deferred income tax recovery of CA$2.35 per share resulting from the enactment of a lower U.S. corporate income tax rate, CN officials said in a press release.

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CN, Unifor begin bargaining for new agreements

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 1/25/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
imageUnifor National Council 4000, CN and CN Transportation Ltd (CNTL) began bargaining in Montreal yesterday for five new collective agreements.The council represents 3,300 rail workers across Canada, including workers at CNTL and CN Savage Alberta Railway.The council's four Unifor committees will bargain together to achieve gains in work rules, wages and benefits, according to a press release issued by Unifor."Our hard working rail workers have made CN the profitable company that it is today and we will be seeking their fair share in wages and benefits in these negotiations," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers across multiple industries.

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BLET ratifies CN-Wisconsin Central contract

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 1/2/2019 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
imageBrotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) members have ratified a new two-year agreement with CN's Wisconsin Central subsidiary.The contract governs rates of pay, benefits and work rules for more than 600 members. It calls for a 2.5 percent general wage increase retroactive to Jan. 1,  2018, and a 3 percent general wage increase effective Jan. 1, 2019, BLET officials said in a press release.The settlement is patterned after the recently ratified national agreement settlement reached by the Coordinated Bargaining Group, which included BLET. That agreement protects all work rules and freezes monthly health care contributions at current levels. It becomes amendable on Jan. 1, 2020.The BLET organized the Wisconsin Central in 1997. CN purchased the railroad in 2001.

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CN meets year-end PTC deadline, applies for extension

CN has met all Dec. 31 milestone deadlines in its positive train control (PTC) implementation plan, the Class I announced last week.

Last month, CN applied to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a two-year extension to complete deployment and interoperability of its PTC system, according to a press release.

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CN, Unifor reach tentative pact

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 12/18/2018 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
imageCN has reached a new tentative collective agreement with Unifor Local 100, which represents 2,100 locomotive and freight-car mechanics, electricians and apprentices who work across Canada.Negotiations began Oct. 5 for the agreement, which will be presented for a ratification vote. The current agreement expires Dec. 31."This new agreement reinforces CN's commitment to working together with our people and their representatives to address workplace issues in a mutually beneficial manner," said JJ Ruest, CN's president and chief executive officer. Details of the tentative pact won't be made publicly unavailable until after ratification meetings are held.

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BLET conducts vote for CN-Wisconsin Central pact

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 11/30/2018 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
imageThe Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) has reached a tentative contract agreement with CN's Wisconsin Central subsidiary. Ratification ballots — due Dec. 28 — were mailed this week to active BLET members employed by CN-Wisconsin Central who are eligible to vote on the agreement, according to a BLET press release.The tentative pact governs rates of pay, benefits and work rules for more than 600 members.The BLET organized the Wisconsin Central property in 1997 and the railroad was purchased by CN in 2001 for $1.2 billion. At that time, Wisconsin Central operated about 2,850 miles of track and retained trackage rights in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Ontario.

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CN awards second rail-car inspection contract to Duos Technologies

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 11/29/2018 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
imageDuos Technologies Group Inc. has obtained an additional contract from CN to provide the Class I with three additional high-resolution train imaging systems for security and mechanical inspections. The contract is the second awarded this year, following Duos' announcement in May that it obtained a multimillion-dollar pact with CN to provide the systems. Under this second agreement, Duos will provide the Class I with three additional rail inspection portals similar to the units that were recently deployed near Winnipeg, Manitoba.The new installations will be conducted at three CN mainline locations: two in the United States and the other in Canada, Duos officials said in a press release.The systems are based on Duos' proprietary rip® technology, which combines several intelligent technologies and subsystems to provide real-time images and data used for rail-car inspections, company officials said."Monitoring and maintaining the structural health of rail cars and their environment is vital to ensuring secure and efficient railroad operation," said Noel Heiks, president and chief operating officer of Duos Technologies Inc. "With these new deployments, CN will be able to more effectively track all rolling stock passing through its various inspection points."

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CN outlines capex plans for Saskatchewan

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 6/20/2018 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
image The Class I's projects will include more than 20 miles of new double track in three locations across the province.Photo – CN's Twitter page

CN will spend CA$210 million of its 2018 capital program to improve and expand its network in Saskatchewan.

The Class I's projects will include more than 20 miles of new double track in three locations across the province. Other capital program investments will focus on the replacement, upgrade and maintenance of key track infrastructure to improve overall safety and efficiency, CN officials said in a press release.

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CN to spend CA$530 million on capex in Alberta, Quebec

CN this year will spend CA$320 million to strengthen and expand its infrastructure in Alberta and CA$210 million in Quebec, the Class I announced this week.

The investments are part of CN's CA$3.4 billion capital expenditures program for 2018, CN officials said in press releases.

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Teamsters ratify new pact for CN conductors, yard crews

Rail News Home Canadian National Railway - CN 8/9/2017 Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN
imageThe Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons union that represents CN conductors and yard crews in Canada has ratified a new collective agreement with the Class I.Retroactive to July 23, 2016, the three-year contract provides wage increases and benefit improvements to 3,000 conductors, according to a CN press release."This agreement is testament to the benefits of relationship building and we look forward to continuing to foster this relationship moving forward," said CN Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Cory. "Together, we reached this agreement without a labor disruption allowing us to continue providing quality service to our customers."

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TSB determines broken wheel led to CN train derailment

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Canadian environmental agency solicits public input on proposed CN-served yard project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is seeking public comments to help determine whether a federal environmental assessment is required for Pembina NGL Corp.'s proposed rail yard project near Redwater, Alberta.

The company proposes to construct and operate about 22 miles of track and realign 5.5 miles of track at its fractionation and storage facility near Redwater. Pembina NGL would use the yard to accept empty rail cars and organize filled cars onto trains operated by CN, which would deliver the cars to their respective destinations. The project would increase the facility's daily loading capacity from 184 cars to 260 cars.

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CN's Q2 profit slips on lower carload volume

CN's second-quarter 2016 net income declined slightly to $858 million, or $1.10 in diluted earnings per share, from $886 million, or $1.10, a year ago due to lower traffic volumes, the Class I announced yesterday. (All monetary figures are reported in Canadian dollars.)

Operating income fell 5 percent to $1.3 billion and revenue slipped 9 percent to $2.8 billion, as carloads plunged 12 percent during the quarter compared with Q2 in 2015.

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Melford Atlantic Gateway terminal will serve U.S., Canadian markets via CN

SSA Marine, Melford International Terminal and Cyrus Capital Partners LP announced yesterday the formation of a joint venture that will construct a container terminal as part of the Melford Atlantic Gateway project in Nova Scotia.

The new 315-acre marine container terminal will be built at the Strait of Canso, Nova Scotia, and will become the closest North American port on the circle route to Europe and Asia via the Suez Canal, the companies announced in a joint press release.

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CN appoints Jobin to board, announces new roles for Cory, Houle

CN's board announced yesterday that incoming President and Chief Executive Officer Luc Jobin has been been named a board director. Jobin will take over the company's top executive position on Friday.

Jobin will succeed Claude Mongeau as president and CEO. As a board director, Jobin replaces Mongeau, who announced earlier this month that he would step down from his post due to health reasons.

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