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Recent CN railfanning
APRIL 8th-Went over to Euclid Yard in Ishpeming. Had CN and a lease unit with regular WC/SSAM and ex-Soo Line wood cars. They had a derailment I guess. The trucks went off the rail but the cars stayed on. Then on Friday, they spiked the switch and replaced it. Anyone know how this happened? E-mail me if you do, please.

Canadian National U.P. Operations
The SORE jobs from Escanaba to the Empire and back run typically as follows, SORE 1 (Tilden to Algoma loads, Misc. Freight, Extra Jennies) on duty around 0700 to 0900 and leaves Esky around 1000. Freight and Vans (3 bay hoppers) to Eagle Mills, while any freight for L540 remains at Partridge. Any jennies are loaded at the empire, and then when the LS&I brings out the Vans loaded they leave them at Partridge and SORE 1 gathers those and heads out. SORE 2 on duty at 1500 and up to Marquette around 1700-1800. loads 54-108 jennies, often times brings up L540's engine(s) for the week...and takes them back on the weekend.

SORE 3 (when run) maybe on duty at 2200 and have very often times followed them back around 0800 the next morning. 54-108 Jennies as well.

L540 is the Ishpeming local, on duty around 0700...varies. They often start their day going to Partridge to switch out any freight SORE 1 may have left, then back to Ishpeming to switch their freight and head to L'Anse. Usually get their CN warrant from Humboldt to L'Anse at around 1000 Works Celotex in L'Anse, as well as a few pulpwood landings along the route. Often times ties up before Ishpeming, but when they make it in, typically around 1800 and if they didn't run out of time, they somedays bring freight to Winthrop JCT for the Mineral Range to use.

SORE 1, 2, and 3 are all the WC ore hauls between Empire Mine and Escanaba docks.  SORE 1 also hauls empties and loads from the Tilden Mine to Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Maire, MI or Canada. Not quite sure but will get back. SORE 1 is south and north bound. SORE 1 hauls the Ishpeming freight. Usually SORE 2 and 3 are ore jennies from the Empire and Tilden Mines. SORE 1 is usually on duty around 0700+, SORE 2 around 1500 or 2000 and I think SORE 3 around 2000-2200.

L539 Escanaba to LP Sawyer mill, on duty 0600 or near there. Switch out 6-Yard in Esky then up the ore sub to Sawyer to switch the LP Mill, and back.

White Pine local runs from north Bessemer (Black River Rd X-Ing) to White Pine Tue, Thur and Sun, and to Marengo JCT Mon., Wed and Fri. On duty 0700, finishes up around 1800.

Out of Gladstone runs the Tilden Loads to Algoma Steel, and the Tilden Empties come back. Trout Lake and Manistique locals serve Munising Paper and Manistique paper well as other minor freight ops and pulpwood. Quinnessec has 2 locals, one serves the Quinnessec Mill, and the other the Niagra Mill, and later in the afternoon, a job runs from Quinnesec to Gladstone. Minorcas I do not know much about, but the Ore comes from the Minorca Mine on the Minnesota range, and runs to Escanaba Michigan.

In Gladstone there are 2 different switch Jobs as well, to serve Mead, transfer freight between Gladstone and 6-Yard, and a few other small businesses. Thank you for the information Tom Carello.
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Short History of Canadian National


Mr. Allan Fleming designs the new CN logo.

April 25, 1960

End of steam: The last scheduled CN steam locomotive arrives in Winnipeg.

Oct. 4, 1960

CN opens its hump yard in Moncton, NB.

January, 1961

CN unveils its newest logo. 


CN moves to its new headquarters building next to the Montreals Central Station.

May 11, 1961

CN installs Canadas first hot axle box detector.

June 4, 1961

CN closes Turcot Yard, Montreal, QC.

Sept. 13, 1961

CN officially opens Taschereau Yard in Montreal, QC.

September 1962

CN opens Symington Yard in Winnipeg, MB.

May 24, 1963

CN inaugurates its new transcontinental passenger train Panorama.

June, 1964

CN officially opens MacMillan Yard in Toronto, ON.


CN extends Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) from coast to coast.

Oct. 31, 1965

CN introduces Rapido passenger service between Montreal and Toronto, the fastest regular passenger run on the continent.

Dec. 12, 1968

United Aircraft Turbo trains, leased by CN, enter service on the Montreal-Toronto run.


Great Slave Lake Railway is completed.


CN's Turbo passenger train establishes 140-mph speed record.

CN introduces the VIA name and logo as a new division.


VIA Rail Canada becomes a crown corporation.


CN and CPR telegraph services combine as CNCP Telecommunications.


CN sells hotels and communications.

Feb.1, 1990

CN begins cabooseless train operations.


CN acquires Service Reliability Strategy technology, the rail industry's most advanced shipment management software.


CN and CP discontinue talks to merge their operations in the eastern half of Canada.

May 5, 1995

CN opens the new St. Clair Tunnel between Sarnia, Ontario, and Port Huron, MI.

November 17, 1995

CN is privatized.



CN becomes a scheduled railway.

July 1, 1999

CN takes control of the Illinois Central Corporation.

 September 14, 1999

CN launches the Toronto-Montreal RoadRailer service.

Oct. 9, 2001

CN acquires the Wisconsin Central Ltd.

Feb. 3, 2002

CN launches IMX service.

Oct. 20, 2003

CN to acquire railroad and related holdings of the
Great Lakes Transportation LLC (GLT).