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March 28, 2005 10:00 ET

CN and Norfolk Southern announce routing protocol to streamline interchange traffic


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FOR: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY

TSX SYMBOL: CNR
NYSE SYMBOL: CNI



AND NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY

NYSE SYMBOL: NSC

MARCH 28, 2005 - 10:00 ET

CN and Norfolk Southern announce routing protocol to
streamline interchange traffic

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and NORFOLK, VIRGINIA--(CCNMatthews - March 28, 2005) -
CN (NYSE:CNI)(TSX:CNR) and Norfolk Southern Railway (NSR), a subsidiary
of Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC), announced today a structured
routing protocol to streamline their exchange of rail traffic at major
gateways.

Under their latest agreement - the product of a comprehensive
examination of all inter-line traffic and service schedules - CN and
Norfolk Southern will direct rail traffic through the most efficient
interchange locations. The objective is to improve network capacity,
transit times and asset utilization for through rail car movements. The
agreement will be implemented over the next three months.

James Foote, CN's executive vice-president, sales and marketing, said:
"This agreement will improve our inter-line coordination and equipment
cycles and focus our organizations on improving the service product that
we offer to our joint customers."

Donald Seale, Norfolk Southern's executive vice president, sales and
marketing, said: "With the demand for freight rail service increasing at
historic levels throughout North America, this is a creative way of
expanding network capacity and enhancing the service options available
to our joint customers."

The major interchange points for traffic moving between CN and NSR are
Rouses Point and Buffalo, N.Y., Detroit, Toledo, Ohio, Chicago, Memphis,
New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala.

The routing protocol will result in a number of changes:

- Traffic between the Louisiana gulf and the Northeast United States
will be interchanged directly at New Orleans or Memphis, benefiting from
a more direct route and fewer intermediate handlings;

- Western Canada traffic to and from the south-central U.S. will be
interchanged at Memphis, avoiding the congestion and additional handling
in Chicago.

- The parties will expand the use of the new Rouses Point gateway
agreement announced in November 2004 to further handle traffic between
Eastern Canada and the southeastern U.S.

Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation's premier
transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary
operates 21,300 route miles in 22 states, the District of Columbia and
Ontario, Canada, serving every major container port in the eastern
United States and providing superior connections to western rail
carriers. NS operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East
and is North America 's largest rail carrier of automotive parts and
finished vehicles. For more information, visit Norfolk Southern's
website at www.nscorp.com.

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. For more information, visit CN's website at www.cn.ca.

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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
    Norfolk Southern Corporation
    Susan Terpay (Media)
    (757) 823-5204
    or
    Norfolk Southern Corporation
    Leanne Marilley (Investors)
    (757) 629-2861
    www.cn.ca