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January 19, 2005 13:01 ET

CN AND BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE REACH ROUTING PROTOCOL AGREEMENT TO EXPEDITE INTERCHANGE TRAFFIC


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FOR: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY

TSX SYMBOL: CNR
NYSE SYMBOL: CNI



AND BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE CORPORATION

NYSE SYMBOL: BNI

JANUARY 19, 2005 - 13:01 ET

CN AND BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE REACH ROUTING
PROTOCOL AGREEMENT TO EXPEDITE INTERCHANGE TRAFFIC

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and FORT WORTH, TEXAS--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 19, 2005) -
CN (TSX:CNR)(NYSE:CNI) and The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Company (BNSF) announced today a routing protocol agreement to
streamline their exchange of rail traffic at major gateways. BNSF is a
subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (NYSE:BNI).

Under the protocol, CN and BNSF have established a structured plan to
direct rail traffic flows through the most efficient interchange
locations, a change that will improve transit times and asset
utilization for the customers of CN and BNSF. The new routing protocol
will be implemented over a three-month period.

James Foote, CN's executive vice-president, sales and marketing, said:
"We are pleased to be able to establish a routing protocol with the
BNSF. This will create a more seamless service for the customers and
generate more capacity for the railroads."

John Lanigan, BNSF's executive vice president and chief marketing
officer, said: "As part of our effort to streamline the interchange
process with all our service partners, this agreement will provide more
consistent, dependable service for customers whose shipments move over
both railways."

The major interchange points for traffic moving between CN and BNSF are
Vancouver, B.C., Noyes, Minn., Superior, Wis., Chicago, Memphis, and New
Orleans.

The routing protocol will result in a number of changes in traffic:

- Traffic from the Canadian prairies will be consolidated at the Noyes
interchange when moving to the western United States and at the Superior
interchange when destined to the central United States and Texas;

- Traffic moving to and from the south central United States will be
interchanged at Memphis and at New Orleans, avoiding congestion in
Chicago.

Canadian National Railway Company spans Canada and mid-America, from the
Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of
Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and
Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit,
Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul,
Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points
in North America.

BNSF operates one of the largest railroad networks in North America,
with about 32,000 route miles covering 28 states and two Canadian
provinces. The railway is among the world's top transporters of
intermodal traffic, moves more grain than any other American railroad,
transports the components of many of the products we depend on daily,
and hauls enough low-sulphur coal to generate about ten percent of the
electricity produced in the United States. BNSF is an industry leader in
Web-enabling a variety of customer transactions at www.bnsf.com.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    CN
    Mark Hallman (Media)
    (905) 669-3384
    or
    CN
    Robert Noorigian (Investment Community)
    (514) 399-0052
    or
    Burlington Northern Santa Fe
    Dick Russack
    (817) 867-6425
    or
    Burlington Northern Santa Fe
    Marsha Morgan
    (817) 352-6452
    www.cn.ca