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the CN world of Claude Mongeau????? long trains????
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nw1218
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the CN world of Claude Mongeau????? long trains????
 
« on: Jan 4th, 2011, 7:07pm »
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Now that CN is being run by Claude Mongeau, has CN changed their attitude about running long trains? Under the Harrison era CN put just about every car available behind a couple of locomotives. I would think long trains in the cold weather would be problematic, and CN does serve alot of cold weather areas. Usually a new CEO can carry over different ideas of running a railroad.

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« Reply #1 on: Jan 4th, 2011, 8:10pm »
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Illinois Central, particularly Memphis and south, esentially defined FLAT in railroading.  It had a long history of running long freights with minimal power on the front end all the way well back into the steam era.  
 
While ICRR had a well deserved reputation for fast passenger trains. their freight operation was another animal all together.  With a few exceptions, such as perishables most of their freight was of the drag variety.  Time was notof the essence.  
 
Also worth noting that ever since the mid to late 60's ICRR was not exactly known for well maintained track, either.  They, along with Union Pacific, were among the last, if not the last of the major railroads to commit to welded rail.  UP got away with it due to mostly being in arid teritory, but ICRR lived in mud.  The last years of their attempt to run fast passenger trains could be somewhat exciting for the passenger.  
 
Could well be that even though his body left the ICRR for CN, but his mind did not.


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« Reply #2 on: Jan 9th, 2011, 3:44pm »
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on Jan 4th, 2011, 7:07pm, nw1218 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Now that CN is being run by Claude Mongeau, has CN changed their attitude about running long trains? Under the Harrison era CN put just about every car available behind a couple of locomotives. I would think long trains in the cold weather would be problematic, and CN does serve alot of cold weather areas. Usually a new CEO can carry over different ideas of running a railroad.

 
The major change Mr. Mongeau has made, in my opinion.. is to be more customer friendly. And that's a good thing!
 
The "scheduled railroad" begun under Mr. Harrison's regime has continued. With the deployment of Distributed Power locomotives on trains in the last five years, combined with Distributed Braking Cars/Containers on the tail end... trains will get and stay longer, even with colder temperatures.


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