Grand Trunk Corporation

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Grand Trunk Corporation
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec, Canada
LocaleUnited States
Dates of operation1971–
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The Grand Trunk Corporation is the subsidiary holding company for the Canadian National Railway's properties in the United States. It is named for CN subsidiary railroad Grand Trunk Western Railroad. The Association of American Railroads has considered it to be a Class I railroad since fiscal year 2002.[1]

GTC was incorporated under Delaware General Corporation Law on September 21, 1970 as Grand Trunk Industries, Inc., and renamed Grand Trunk Corporation on November 18, 1970. It acquired control of CN's U.S. properties; Grand Trunk Western, Central Vermont Railway and the Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railway in December 1971,[2] and has since acquired other companies, mostly through acquisitions of other holding companies: Illinois Central Railroad (IC) in 1999, Wisconsin Central Transportation Corporation (WC) in 2001, Great Lakes Transportation in 2004, and Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway in 2008.

Company Acquired from Date Notes
Algoma Central Railway WC 2001
Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad GLT 2004
Cedar River Railroad IC 1999
Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad IC 1999
Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway GLT 2004
Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railway CN December 1971[2]
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Transtar Inc. (United States Steel Corporation) 2009
Grand Trunk Western Railroad CN December 1971[2]
Great Lakes Fleet GLT 2004
Illinois Central Railroad IC 1999
Pittsburgh and Conneaut Dock Company GLT 2004
Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Company WC 2001
Waterloo Railway IC 1999
Wisconsin Central Ltd. WC 2001
Wisconsin Chicago Link Ltd. WC 2001
Central Vermont Railway CN December 1971[2] Sold February 1995 to RailTex[3]
Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad Pennco (Penn Central Corporation) June 1980[2] Merged December 1983 into Grand Trunk Western Railroad[2]
Detroit and Toledo Shore Line Railroad Acquired Norfolk and Western's 50% share. April 1981[2] Merged October 1981 into Grand Trunk Western Railroad[2]
Fox Valley and Western Ltd. WC 2001 Merged December 2002 into Wisconsin Central Ltd.[4]
St. Clair Tunnel Company CN December 1971 Merged September 2008 into Grand Trunk Western Railroad[5][6]


  1. ^ "Class I Railroad Statistics" (PDF). Association of American Railroads. May 14, 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 16, 2003. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Moody's Transportation Manual, 1992, pp. 233, 237
  3. ^ Railroad Retirement Board, Employer Status Determination: Central Vermont Railway, Inc. Archived 2009-01-17 at the Wayback Machine, 1995
  4. ^ STB Finance Docket No. 34296, January 22, 2003
  5. ^ STB Finance Docket No. 35142 Archived 2012-03-09 at the Wayback Machine, July 25, 2008
  6. ^ Railroad Retirement Board, Employer Status Determination: Grand Trunk Western Railroad, Inc. Archived 2009-01-17 at the Wayback Machine, November 19, 2008

Further reading[edit]

  • Hofsommer, Don L. (1995). Grand Trunk Corporation, Canadian National Railways in the United States, 1971-1992.

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