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Over the next decade, the company expanded significantly into the United States, purchasing Illinois Central Railroad and Wisconsin Central Transportation, among others.Now primarily a freight railway, CN also operated passenger services until 1978, when they were assumed by Via Rail.Although we try and keep all information as accurate and updated as possible, we are not responsible for inaccuracies that may occur.) is a Canadian Class I freight railway headquartered in Montreal, Quebec that serves Canada and the Midwestern and Southern United States. Its range once reached across the island of Newfoundland until 1988, when the Newfoundland Railway was abandoned.The Canadian National Railways (CNR) was incorporated on June 6, 1919, comprising several railways that had become bankrupt and fallen into federal government hands, along with some railways already owned by the government.
The absorption of the Intercolonial Railway would see CNR adopt that system's slogan The People's Railway.Another Canadian railway, the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (GTPR), encountered financial difficulty on March 7, 1919, when its parent company Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) defaulted on repayment of construction loans to the federal government.The federal government's Department of Railways and Canals took over operation of the GTPR until July 12, 1920, when it too was placed under the CNR.After several years of arbitration, the GTR was absorbed into CNR on January 30, 1923.In subsequent years, several smaller independent railways would be added to the CNR as they went bankrupt, or it became politically expedient to do so, however the system was more or less finalized following the addition of the GTR.