Shades of Scrooge, Marley’s Ghost and The Grinch?

December 22, 2015

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine


Santa Claus doesn’t rest on Christmas Eve. Neither, apparently, does Canadian Pacific. Santa does rest on Christmas Day, but the Class I railroad whose headquarters is, of all its contemporaries (with the exception of the Alaska Railroad), closest to Kris Kringle’s North Pole residence and workshop has chosen not to follow his lead.CPR Logo Smaller

Pointing out that Union Pacific, CSX and Norfolk Southern will not operate trains through Chicago on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and Christmas Day, Dec. 25, Canadian Pacific reiterated one of the principal arguments it has been making in its quest to acquire Norfolk Southern: “A coast-to-coast railway combination would not only alleviate congestion in the key Chicago hub, but would enhance fluidity and create new opportunities for competitors to provide improved service to their own customers.”Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

Emphasizing that many customers in Chicagoland “will receive no rail service at all during the upcoming holiday period,” CP said it “recognizes that the North American economy does not take vacations. Many shippers require 24/7 service 365 days a year through Chicago, and thanks to CP’s dedicated and hardworking railroaders, CP can provide that service. But Chicago is where six of North America’s largest railways converge, making it the busiest and most important freight hub on the continent. Local communities and businesses from Illinois to British Columbia to the Gulf of Mexico depend on the efficiency of Chicago’s rail system and any lengthy disruption will impact jobs.”

CP also said “the most vocal opponents to a CP/Norfolk Southern Corp. merger that would improve shipper optionality through and around Chicago will halt service for up to two full days during the Christmas period. UP will halt service through Chicago from 7:00 a.m. local time Dec. 24 to 7:00 a.m. Dec. 26. CSX will shut down from 3:00 p.m. Dec. 24 until 7:00 a.m. on Dec. 26 and Norfolk Southern will close from 2:00 p.m. Dec. 24 to 11:00 p.m. on Dec. 25.”

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