Canadian National Railway Co (CNR.TO)(CNI) is the second largest publicly traded railroad company in North America. The company commands an impressive 20,000 miles of rail network and the only railroad serving three coasts. The following system map image demonstrates the scale and reach of Canadian National.
Canadian National is one of the best run companies in the industry. The company continues to churn out impressive numbers year after year. Qualitatively, the CN also maintains an impressive strategic advantages such as the Chicago bypass, which other railroads have to face and deal with the delays.
Railroads are the pulse of the economy. While crude shipments are on their way to a recovery thanks to the rise in oil prices, coal remains in a secular downtrend, although coal plays a very small role and CN escapes the issues faced by other competitors in the industry. CN operates at a great margin and has demonstrated to be the best in class.