Canadian National to buy EJ & E

Canadian National to buy EJ & E

There are 44 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 29, 2007, titled Canadian National to buy EJ & E. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

“This transaction will improve rail operations on the CN system and the rest of the Chicago rail network by moving CN trains out of the urban core to EJ&E lines on the outskirts of the Chicago metropolitan area”

Seeking to sidestep Chicago's notorious rail congestion, Canadian National Railway Co. on Wednesday agreed to pay $300 million to acquire most of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Co., a regional line that rings the metropolitan area.

The deal, which Canadian National said 'fills the last gap' in its trans-Chicago network, is designed to let the company bypass much of the urban rail traffic that has long served as a choke point for railroad operators.

A spokesman said the company hopes the acquisition will allow Canadian National to eventually vacate an existing downtown route known as the St. Charles Air Line, which has long been the source of friction between the railroad and local residents and developers. Read more

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trains are our future

Montgomery, IL

#41 Jan 29, 2010
tmypike wrote:
An article today says more than 2,000 trains a day would come into kirkyard and CN's East Joliet Yard would shift some repairs to Kirk yard so it dosent sound like the machinist will be going anywhere.
2,000? are you sure? that would be a train arriving every 45 seconds, not physically possible! Maybe it was 2,000/year (5.5/day).
Bill-Elgin

Geneva, IL

#42 Feb 3, 2010
Maybe 2000 per month? Counting the trains that just slow down and pass through that would still be a lot, but possible.
midwest rail

Plano, IL

#43 Feb 3, 2010
2,000 per month aint happenin either. even in a month with 31 days, thats still over 64 trains per day, close to 3 per hour nonstop. no way.
Bill-Elgin

Geneva, IL

#44 Feb 3, 2010
I thought it was the yard that CN, EJ&E, and the old IC all went through there, but I probably was thinking of some other yard. I guess we should forgive the newspapers for inaccuracies. Newspapers are in hard times, fewer reporters hurrying with less time to get the story, less time to double check everything, and no proofreaders. Maybe they took a NIMBY news tip without verifying it? It seems to have happened a lot in the last couple years.

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