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Canadian National Railway Company
Type Public
(TSXCNR)
(NYSECNI)
Industry Transportation, Railway
When it was created December 20, 1918
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Key people David McLean (Chairman)
Claude Mongeau (President and CEO)
Parent Federal Govt. of Canada (1918–1995)
Website www.cn.ca

The Canadian National Railway Company is a Class I railway. Its headquarters are in Montreal, Quebec. It serves Canada and both the Midwestern and Southern United States. In 2011, Bill Gates was the largest single shareholder of CN stock. CN owns around 20,400 route miles (32,831 km) of track in eight provinces. There is also a 70-mile (113 km) stretch of track into the Northwest Territories, to Hay River on the southern shore of Great Slave Lake.

CN is Canada's largest railway, in terms of both revenue and the physical size of its rail network, and is 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.

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