CANADA: Canadian National Executive Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer Jean-Jacques Ruest has announced details of the 2 207 new wagons that the railway plans to acquire during 2012.

The largest order is for 600 high-payload 60 ft vans for forest products and metals traffic. These will have double doors to improve loading efficiency. The other acquisitions are 558 high-capacity covered hoppers for export grain, 317 multi-level car-carrying wagons for deliveries of finished road vehicles, 300 open wagons for coal exports, 232 wagons to carry pelletised iron ore from Minnesota to steel mills in the USA, and 200 multi-purpose boxcars for the North American pool. CN will also acquire 1 300 containers.

'CN is acquiring new freight cars and containers for a range of markets, including forest products, metals, minerals, coal, iron ore, steel, consumer goods, finished vehicles and grain', said Ruest on September 4. 'These fleet additions will help us grow in line with our customers' demands and ensure CN has the right mix of modern, productive assets.'