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Canadian National Railway

Canadian National Railway
Railway information
NameCanadian National Railway
Reporting markCN
United States
Dates of operationDecember 20, 1918 - Present
Track gaugesg (standard gauge)
Previous gauge3 ft 6 in narrow gauge) on trackage in Prince Edward Island until 1930 and in Newfoundland until September 1988
Length3.5 ft
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec, Canada

Canadian National Railway

Company nameCanadian National Railway Company
Company typePublic
FoundedDecember 20, 1918
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Area servedCanada
Contiguous United States
Key peopleDavid McLean (Chairman), Claude Mongeau (President and CEO)

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The Canadian National Railway Company (Tsx - CNR, Nyse - CNI) is a Canadian Class I railway headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. CN's slogan is "North America's Railroad".

CN is the largest railway in Canada, in terms of both revenue and the physical size of its rail network, and is currently Canada's only transcontinental railway company, spanning Canada from the Atlantic coast in Nova Scotia to the Pacific coast in British Columbia.

Following CN's purchase of Illinois Central (IC) and a number of smaller US railways it also has extensive trackage in the central United States along the Mississippi River valley from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. Today CN owns approximately 3.5 ft of track in 8 provinces (the only two not served by CN are Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island), as well as a 70 mi (112.7 km) stretch of track into the Northwest Territories to Hay River on the southern shore of Great Slave Lake; it is the northernmost rail line anywhere within the North American Rail Network, as far north as Anchorage, Alaska. (although the Alaska Railroad goes further north than this, it is isolated from the rest of the rail network)

The railway was referred to as the Canadian National Railways (CNR) between 1918 and 1960 and as Canadian National/Canadien National (CN) from 1960 to present.

The Canadian National Railway is a public company with 22,000 employees and market capitalization of 32 billion CAD in 2011. CN was government owned, having been a Canadian crown corporation. It was privatized in 1995.

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