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CN upgrading tank cars hauling diesel fuel

Keywords: Tags  Canadian National Railway, CN Railway, tank cars, DOT 111, Claude Mongeau, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — Canadian National Railway Co. (CN Railway) is upgrading its fleet of rail cars transporting diesel fuel amid safety concerns over tank cars carrying petroleum products after 47 people died last year in an accident in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.

“For CN, tank car design is one of the most important systemic issues arising from the Lac-Mégantic accident. ... That question is being addressed by the Association of American Railroads, to which CN belongs, in recent recommendations calling for the retrofitting or phase-out of the old DOT 111 cars used to transport flammable liquids and a reinforced standard for new tank cars built in the future,” president and chief executive officer Claude Mongeau said in a statement.

The company will spend about Canadian $7 million ($6.33 million) to replace all 40 of its DOT 111 tank cars with newer models, and will gradually phase out 143 leased DOT 111 cars over the next four years, it said.

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