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5/15/2024



Rail News: Canadian National Railway - CN

CN unveils transload facility in Michigan


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CN has opened a new transload logistics facility in Flat Rock, Michigan. Target Steel, the facility’s first customer, will convert a large part of their traffic from truck to rail for steel coils, CN officials said in a news release.

The resulting streamlining of operations and removal of a substantial number of heavyweight trucks off highways is expected to reduce related greenhouse-gas emissions by up to 75%, CN officials said.

"This project was a perfect fit for our Freight Economic Development Program [grant], which covers up to 50% of the costs of a rail project that will improve access to the state’s rail system and keep our economy moving by increasing rail volumes. This grant will help CN’s customer gain access to the rail system, ensuring rail is a viable option for the movement of their goods," said Peter Anastor, the director of the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Rail.

Spanning 20,000 square feet, the Flat Rock facility is designed specifically for inbound train operations. Equipped with a 50-ton overhead crane and a 10-car track capable of receiving covered gondolas transporting steel coils, it will facilitate a seamless transfer of coils from rail to truck, streamlining the distribution process.

"We are excited to open this state-of-the-art facility in Flat Rock. It is a testament to CN’s commitment to sustainable logistics solutions [and] exemplifies our dedication to innovation, growth and environmental stewardship to power the economy," said Helen Quirke, CN’s vice president of supply chain and business development.



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