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Transportation Company - Terra Transport - Railroad

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Transportation Company - Terra Transport - Railroad
Company Name Terra Transport
Company Web Site Link
Category Railroad
Year Founded 1949
Termination Subsidiary
Successor/Parent Canadian National (Details)
Country Canada (Details)
Source of Text Bluford Shops
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Transportation Company - Terra Transport - Railroad



Company History: In 1949, Newfoundland joined Canada and as part of the deal, the 3’6” gauge, 340 mile long (between the Georgia Railroad and the Duluth Missabe & Iron Range in relative length) Newfoundland Railway became an isolated segment of Canadian National. The line ran from the capitol of St. Johns to Port aux Basques on the opposite end of the island. CN called the line’s passenger train the Caribou but locals referred to it as “The Newfie Bullet.” Passenger service ended in 1969. This line had its own bespoke narrow gauge car fleet and this was augmented beginning in the 1960’s when CN began moving standard gauge cars to Port aux Basques on car ferries, then re-trucked them for 42” gauge for delivery to customers in Newfoundland. In 1979, CN gathered all of the money losing operations in Newfoundland under a new subsidiary called Terra Transport. Terra Transport operated with direct subsidy from the government. The rail car ferry link was severed in 1987 and the railroad was abandoned in 1988.

Successor/Parent History:
The Canadian National Railway Company (reporting mark CN) is a Canadian Class I railway headquartered in Montreal, Quebec that serves Canada and the Midwestern and Southern United States. CN's slogan is "North America's Railroad". CN is a public company with 24,000 employees. It had a market capitalization of 32 billion CAD in 2011. CN was government-owned, having been a Canadian Crown corporation from its founding to its privatization in 1995. Bill Gates was, in 2011, the largest single shareholder of CN stock.

CN is the largest railway in Canada, in terms of both revenue and the physical size of its rail network, and is currently Canada's only transcontinental railway company, spanning Canada from the Atlantic coast in Nova Scotia to the Pacific coast in British Columbia. Its range once reached across the island of Newfoundland until 1988, when the Newfoundland Railway was abandoned.

Following CN's purchase of Illinois Central (IC) and a number of smaller US railways, it also has extensive trackage in the central United States along the Mississippi River valley from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. Today, CN owns about 20,400 route miles (32,831 km) of track in 8 provinces (the only two not served by CN are Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island), as well as a 70-mile (113 km) stretch of track (see Mackenzie Northern Railway) into the Northwest Territories to Hay River on the southern shore of Great Slave Lake; it is the northernmost rail line anywhere within the North American Rail Network, as far north as Anchorage, Alaska (although the Alaska Railroad goes further north than this, it is isolated from the rest of the rail network).

The railway was referred to as the Canadian National Railways (CNR) between 1918 and 1960, and as Canadian National/Canadien National (CN) from 1960 to the present.

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Brief History:
Canada is a North American country stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Major cities include massive Toronto, west coast film centre Vancouver, French-speaking Montréal and Québec City, and capital city Ottawa. Canada's vast swaths of wilderness include lake-filled Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. It's also home to Niagara Falls, a famous group of massive waterfalls.

Item created by: gdm on 2019-07-08 09:19:16. Last edited by gdm on 2019-07-08 09:20:20

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