|  Clifton Linton

CN, NS Link to Shorten Time Between Western Canada, Eastern U.S.

The Canadian National Railway (CN) and Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) found a way to shorten the trip between western Canada and the eastern U.S. by one to two days - they don’t interchange cars in Chicago.

In August, the two railroads started a new interline service initiative that bypasses congestion in the rail hub. The railroads publicly announced the initiative last week.

Trains will bypass Chicago by using CN’s tracks of the former Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway (EJ&E). Until CN closed on the $300 million purchase of the railroad from United States Steel Corp. in February 2009, the EJ&E was the least-busy belt line railroad serving the Chicago hub.

Known as the “Outer ...

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