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Canadian rail services struggling with significant backlog

Operational issues, led by high demand and insufficient network resiliency, coupled with severe winter weather conditions, have created serious delays in the movement of freight by rail across Canada. Dwell times, particularly at West Coast ports, have increased substantially this past winter, as weather related reduction in train lengths and corresponding decreased capacity has led to increased port congestion.

Extended severe winter weather also slowed the rail shipment of prairie commodities to a point where only a third of the available product is getting through the increasingly strained supply chain. CN hopes to relieve the rail shortage by acquiring an additional 130 short-term leased locomotives and 400 qualified conductors.

For more information, please call (905) 882-4880, ext. 207 – David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services.

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