POM: Longshoremen Issue 72-Hour Notice of Indefinite Strike

POM: Longshoremen Issue 72-Hour Notice of Indefinite Strike

23.April – MONTREAL QC – The Port of Montreal Longshoremen have given a 72-hour notice for an indefinite strike beginning on Monday, 26.April to the Maritime Employers Association (MEA). The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local (CUPE) 375, which represents over 1,100 longshoremen at Montreal’s port, said the full strike came as a response to […]

CN: ‘Superior’ Bid Announced for KCS Acquisition

CN: ‘Superior’ Bid Announced for KCS Acquisition

20.April – MONTREAL QC – In what looks seemingly like the ongoing sibling battle for the same boy or girlfriend, CN today announced that it has made a superior proposal to combine with Kansas City Southern in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $33.7 billion, or $325 per share. A release from CN states: “Together, CN […]

NECR: Declining Traffic Prompts Reductions

NECR: Declining Traffic Prompts Reductions

01.April, St. Albans VT – This is no fooling, G&W’s New England Central Railroad (NECR) is scaling back operations and further reducing man hours beginning on 04.April.2021, following continuing declines in traffic levels. NECR has long been an arm for traffic to and from Montreal and New England and between CN and CSXT, however the […]

CN: ‘DSR’ Is the New PSR, But $150M Cheaper

CN: ‘DSR’ Is the New PSR, But $150M Cheaper

17.February, Montreal QC – CN President and CEO, JJ Ruest, and the company’s EVP and CFO, Ghislain Houle addressed the Citi 2021 Global Industrials Virtual Conference, announcing that multiple initiatives they are employing will see DSR as the next step in safety and cost savings. Houle said, “Technology will fundamentally change the way we operate […]

CSXT, CN: STB Derails Massena Line Deal

CSXT, CN: STB Derails Massena Line Deal

25.February, Washington, DC – After multiple delays and a period of silence, the STB issued a decision on 24.February denying reconsideration of the original conditional approval of the CN/B&LE acquisition of the CSXT Massena Line. On 6.April.2020 the STB authorized, subject to conditions, the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Company, an indirect wholly owned rail […]

Transport Canada Revises Rules for Key Train Handling

FEDERAL AGENCY CODIFIES AD HOC MINISTERIAL ORDERS IN RESPONSE TO LAC MEGANTIC DISASTER AND ANTICIPATED CRUDE-BY-RAIL SURGE

Transport Canada Revises Rules for Key Train Handling

23.February, Ottawa ON – Transport Canada approved changes to the Rules Respecting Key Trains and Key Routes, as a measure to ensure the reliable transportation of dangerous goods by rail in colder weather, and the protection of both railway workers and those living near Canada’s rail corridors. These changes make permanent Ministerial Orders that were […]

MAERSK: Montreal Dry Rail Cargo Switch

MAERSK: Montreal Dry Rail Cargo Switch

15.February, Montreal QC – Maersk has officially announced their switch from CN to CP for dry rail cargo in and out of Montreal, effective 01.March.2021. Maersk said that with higher volumes continuing to move throughout the network, the container company will be diversifying rail service providers in and out of Montreal. Beginning on 01.March, dry […]

Davisville-bound Autos Shift from NS to CN/G&W Routing

CN, NECR TEAM UP FOR NEW AUTO ROUTE TO DAVISVILLE RI. SINGLE-CAR TEST FOLLOWED NEXT DAY BY BLOCK OF SUV LOADS.

Davisville-bound Autos Shift from NS to CN/G&W Routing

14.December, East Alburgh VT – A block of Davisville RI-bound auto racks has arrived in St. Albans VT from Woodhaven MI via CN. Per yesterday’s single-car test move, NECR will bring the block south to P&W at Willimantic CT. 13.December, East Alburgh VT – A solo, loaded autorack crossed the Canada – U.S. border at […]

CN: Laurentia to Shake Up East Coast Container Patterns

AUTOMATED, RAIL-ORIENTED QUEBEC CITY TERMINAL WILL SIPHON 1.6 MILLION TEU FROM PANYNJ, MONTREAL, NORFOLK, HALIFAX.

CN: Laurentia to Shake Up East Coast Container Patterns

According to the highly-detailed May.2020 report, Laurentia project: An Analysis of Economic Issues, the proposed container terminal within the Port of Quebec  will draw its projected 1.6 million TEU throughput objective primarily from U.S. East Coast ports, with only relatively small negative effect on Montreal and Halifax. It will also substantially increase rail intermodal traffic […]