Canada: CN Unveils New Firefighting Trains

CN has unveiled two brand new firefighting trains, as well as two additional railcars, to its fire suppression fleet.

The new, specialised fleet will join CN’s first firefighting railcar, Poseidon, in providing support against fires within CN’s right-of-way.

As extreme weather events increase in frequency and duration, CN recognizes the critical importance of taking proactive measures

CN has made the decision to introduce the new units in response to growing wildfires across Canada, supplying a significant increase of water and fire suppression capacity to rural areas throughout the country.

Christened Neptune and Trident, the two trains are the latest in a line of firefighting railcars from the company.

The pair come equipped with additional 360-degree cameras, as well as a separate 20-foot container for pumps, hoses and generators.

Each vehicle’s crows nest features two additional water cannons and provides greater visibility for crews on the front line.

Matthew McClaren, Assistant Vice-President, Safety, at CN, said:

“Our priority is to maintain the integrity of the supply chain so that we can continue to serve our customers and power the economy. By deploying these new firefighting railcars, we’re not only reinforcing our commitment to securing the supply chain, but also helping to support the safety and security of our neighbours in communities along our network.”

CN’s first firefighting railcar, Poseidon, measures at 66-feet, and is equipped with two 3,500-gallon water tanks, three water pumps, fire hoses and a diesel-electric generator.

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