2014 Severe Winter Conditions

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Information about 2014 Severe Winter Conditions
Business & Mgmt

Published on March 4, 2014

Author: harderblog

Source: slideshare.net

Challenging Winter Operations Conditions *WINNIPEG Days below -300 C This winter Last winter Difference: 17 6 11 more  Major railways in North America affected  Frequency and duration of extreme cold temperatures in these regions most challenging  Shorter trains increases the number of trains and increases dwell at port and inland terminals NORTHERN ONTARIO SASKATOON Days below -300 C Days below This winter Last winter Difference: -300 C This winter Last winter Difference: 21 11 +10 HALIFAX RANIER Total Snowfall Days below This winter Last winter Difference: -300 C This winter Last winter Difference: 21 6 +15 127.4 cm 15.9 cm +1.2 Meter TORONTO CHICAGO Total Snowfall Total Snowfall This winter Last winter Difference: 20 9 +11 120.2 cm 8.9 cm +1.1 Meter Winter: As per Accuweather from 1 December to 31 January * “Coldest December and January in 65 years — and second coldest in 120 years” Environment Canada This winter Last winter Difference: 50.9 cm 30.8 cm +20.1 cm

Winter Operating Plan in Effect • CN operating double the number of trains (26/week) on the alternate “Prairie North Line” route to the West coast courtesy of $100M investment in 2013 • Aggressive use of “distributed power” locomotives at middle or tail end of trains allows for increased double-stack train lengths • NOMINAL TRAIN LENGHT: 3,000 m - 30C to -25C: 3,000m with DP power vs. 2,000m without - 35C to -30C: 2,500m with DP power vs. 1,500m without < -35C: 2,160m with DP power vs. 1,100m without • Management personnel deployed to field operations to help run trains, operate and manage container terminals

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