CP has launched a web-based carbon emissions calculator, giving customers greater insight into the carbon footprint of its freight rail transportation services.
CP safety culture recognized by the Railway Association of Canada
In August 2018, the Railway Association of Canada recognized CP’s commitment to safety at its annual 2018 Safety Awards. CP was named the proud recipient of two awards in the Class 1 category. The awards recognize Railway Association of Canada member-companies' initiatives that help to ensure Canada's rail network remains among the safest in the world.
The first award recognized CP's Locomotive Engineer Training Simulation program and the classroom version of our Simulation Training for Conductors initiative. Using these simulators, trainees experience operating a locomotive on CP routes across North America. "The simulation system presents trainees with various real-life operating scenarios, which they must master before they enter the field," said David Freeborn, Director Technical Training and award recipient. "This on-the-job training develops competent, confident and safe railroaders."
The second award recognized CP for our Predictive Wayside Detection—Bearings Initiative. Dr. Kyle Mulligan, Chief Engineer, explains that while wayside detectors are used by many railways to collect data about the state of bearings on passing trains, CP is the first railway to break down this information to develop a predictive model. "Our technology allows us to identify deteriorating bearings three months prior to failure and proactively remove railcars from service," he said. Since implementing the model, CP has reduced in-transit bearing failures by 96 percent. For more information, watch our Locomotive and Conductor Simulation Training video.
“It’s great to see these programs and technologies being recognized on a national level,” said Keith Shearer, Assistant Vice President Safety and Sustainability. “Safety is foundational to the work we all do, and we should take pride in how these initiatives, and many more, contribute to the safety culture that CP is known for.”
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River in Iowa
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