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CN NORTH AMERICA: INTERNATIONAL TUNNEL DIG GEARS UP

 CN NORTH AMERICA: INTERNATIONAL TUNNEL DIG GEARS UP
 DETROIT, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- CN North America announced today that it has named engineering expert Duncan MacLennan to head the building of the mammoth, Cdn.$155 million underwater rail tunnel and associated infrastructure that will soon link the United States and Canada. His appointment as chief of construction was announced today by the railway's senior vice president, operations, John Kelsall.
 "The tunnel will help the North American automobile industry, for which this route is a principal artery," observed MacLennan, "and expedite the more than a million containers that run through this corridor each year.
 "The tunnel will run nearly 6,000 feet, beneath the St. Clair River, between Port Huron, Mich., and Sarnia, Ontario," explained MacLennan, who will move his office to Sarnia soon. "When it opens in 1994, it will shave 12 hours off the trip for freight that currently has to be barged across, or moved through a smaller, century-old railway tunnel that can't handle taller, modern equipment."
 MacLennan oversaw for CN the massive task of pushing a tortuous second track through the Rocky Mountains. Double tracks allowed trains to move in either direction without delays at sidings. He also set up the first, highly successful, GO Transit commuter rail network in Ontario, where he later served CN as regional chief of engineering. Prior to his new, tunnel assignment, he held the post of assistant chief engineer, track and structures, with CN North America, in Montreal.
 Kelsall also announced today that CN will retain the services of recognized tunnelling experts from throughout the world, to guide the progress of the project.
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 /CONTACT: Gary Jones, 313-396-6586, or Robert Frank, 514-399-7210, both of CN North America/ CO: CN North America ST: Michigan IN: TRN SU:


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