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CN asked to set aside $150m

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The long running and high profile proposal by CN to buy the Elgin and Joilet (“The Juice” – its locos are painted orange) gets more attention.

EJ&E rail train at Gilmer Road in Hawthorn Woods

EJ&E rail train at Gilmer Road in Hawthorn Woods

The EJE is not actually very well utilised at present, and Chicago has been a very congested railway hub for a long time. What is also now being noticed is that some inner neighbourhoods will actually benefit from this proposal. But they are not as well connected as those who seem ready to price CN out of the deal by insisting on overpasses and other measures, so that their driving is not disrupted.

I have the distinct feeling too that CN is seen an a Canadian interloper, not a major North American railroad. And no-one seems to notice that trains are much more efficient at moving freight than trucks. And of course no-one in Chicago cares about Prince Rupert.

Written by Stephen Rees

September 10, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Posted in freight transport, Railway

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  1. One recent Canadian news reprort noted that the railway was always refered to as *Canadian* National, not CN, in local news reports.

    David Banks

    September 10, 2008 at 11:19 pm

  2. I saw a piece posted on the CBC (can’t find it now) about this. There was definitely an anti-Canadian bent to the opposition. Supposedly, Obama has come out against the purchase of the railway too.


    September 10, 2008 at 11:54 pm

  3. Well at least they don;t think that CNN is buying the railway.

    Ron C.

    September 11, 2008 at 3:25 pm

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