Canadian National Railway (CN) has announced that the company will invest $3.4 billion in the rail network as part of its 2018 capital program.
Included in the program are:
- Investments of approximately $340 million across British Columbia – projects include construction of four new train passing sidings; extension of three existing passing sidings; and a siding extension north of Kamloops. CN will also replace approximately 115 miles of rail; install more than 335,000 new railroad ties; rebuild approximately 50 road crossing surfaces; and work on track infrastructure maintenance.
- Investments of approximately $130 million for rail infrastructure in Manitoba – projects include a dozen new and extended tracks added within its Symington Yard; replacement of approximately 30 miles of rail; installation of more than 80,000 new railroad ties; rebuilding of approximately 20 road crossing surfaces; and work on track infrastructure maintenance.
- Investments of $320 million in the Alberta rail network – projects include construction of approximately 26 miles of double track near Edmonton; construction of 11 miles of double track near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border; installation of a new bypass track at Walker Yard in Edmonton; building a new storage and bypass tracks at Scotford Yard; and building new track capacity at CN’s yard in Swan Landing. CN will also replace approximately 130 miles of rail; install more than 270,000 new railroad ties; rebuild approximately 40 road crossing surfaces; and work on track infrastructure maintenance.
“We are investing for the long haul with these projects to boost capacity and network resiliency to meet growing demand in grain, energy, forest products and other markets so important to Alberta’s economy,” remarked Doug Ryhorchuk, vice president of CN’s Western Region. “Our investments in new double track and yard expansions, combined with new equipment and more people, will help us deliver superior service to our customers in Alberta and North America. Additionally, our substantial investments to renew our existing railway infrastructure underscores our commitment to operating safely.”