Canadian National Railway Company (CN)

    Canadian National Railway Company (CN) history, profile and corporate video

       Canadian National Railway Company (CN) is a North American transportation and logistics company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was founded in 1919 as a government-owned company, having been a Canadian Crown corporation from its founding until being privatized in 1995.

       From 1919 to 1960, the railway was referred to as “Canadian National Railways” (CNR).

       The company’s services include Rail, Intermodal, Trucking, and Marine.


       Spanning Canada and Mid-America as well as connecting ports on three coasts, the CN network moves raw materials, intermediate goods and finished goods to market.


       Shipping by rail is four times more fuel-efficient than trucking alone. The Intermodal Container Services help shippers expand their door-to-door market reach with 23 strategically-placed intermodal terminals.


       One of Canada’s largest full-load trucking companies CNTL has more than 1,050 owner operators, plus a fleet of 8,000 chassis and 8,000 containers.


       CN’s services extend beyond where trucks and track stop, offering marine shipping in regions like the Great Lakes, Alaska and Newfoundland and Labrador.

       With over 24,000 employees, Canadian National Railway Co. has more than 20,000 miles of track and over 23,000 railroaders, serving three main coasts: Canada and the Midwestern and Southern United States. It is considered one of Canada’s largest railways and one of the most significant transportation and logistics companies. According to Forbes, it is considered one of the top 2000 largest public companies in the world.

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