Western Canada cold blast slows CN Rail
Published: January 30, 2008
TORONTO, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Canadian National Railway, the
country's biggest rail carrier, said on Tuesday it had temporarily
cut back freight operations in Western Canada because of extreme
cold and wind.
"The health and safety of our employees and the security of our
customers' shipments are CN's top priority. After carefully
evaluating the situation in Western Canada, we have determined that
modifying our freight operations is the most prudent course of
action for all our stakeholders," CN Chief Executive Hunter Harrison
said in a statement.
CN expects reduced freight operations for up to 36 hours. Customers
should expect delayed transit times for shipments, CN said, adding
it will regularly update clients on the status of its operations.
Canada's Prairie region is struggling with a bitter cold snap that
has seen temperatures in some areas fall as low as -40 Celsius (-40
Fahrenheit) -- feeling even colder when the wind chill is factored
The deep freeze -- accompanied by blowing snow in some regions --
has made driving treacherous, prompted school closures and halted
some oil and gas production. The cold snap is expected to last
another four days. (Reporting by Rob Wilson; editing by Jeffrey