Canadian National celebrates centenary

CANADA’s largest rail operator – Canadian National (CN) – celebrated its centenary in 2019 and gave some of its locos a special ‘CN100’ livery.

Here, ‘CN100’ livery GE ET44AC No. 3217 leads another GE-built loco (No. 3811) with an eastbound intermodal train north of Kamloops on September 28. 

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CN is the only truly national, transcontinental railway in Canada. 

It was founded in 1919 by the government to manage lines in financial difficulty, especially the transcontinental Canadian Northern Railway (Quebec – Edmonton – Vancouver).

CN was Government-owned until 1995, when it was privatised, and has since expanded its operations into the USA. RUSSELL GRYCAN

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