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10-03-2008, 11:29 PM
Does anyone know if it is possible to ship household across canada with rail such as CN?

If it is possible, costs, experiences, and other info is greatly appreciated.

11-03-2008, 08:57 AM
I think you could, with CN, if you go the intermodal route.
Try calling CN &/or a national moving company, someone should know something out there :)
CN Rail (http://www.cn.ca)
Atlas Van Lines (http://www.atlasvanlines.ca/)
United Van Lines (http://www.uvl.com/)
AMJ Campbell Van Lines (http://www.amjcampbell.com/eng/index.htm)

11-03-2008, 11:15 AM
You more than likely would have to go with a moving company who would then get a slot on CN.

11-03-2008, 04:44 PM
Good luck dealing with the railroad. They are really not interested in your business unless you can commit to multiple railcars weekly. I used to ship one or two full cars of lumber every week and the railroad wasn't even interested in my business. I had to use a private rail shipping company with their own railcars.
Try calling the railroad and ask for a quotation, but don't hold your breath.
C.N.R. actually stands for "certainly no rush".

11-03-2008, 04:57 PM
You might want to look into what I did when I moved to Edmonton. Check into Canadian Freightways . They provided me with a "Pup" semi trailer delivered outside my home which I filled to half full. When I was done loading I called them to pick it up ,and they delivered it to my address in Edmonton ( 24 hrs from BC). We just unloaded it and called for it to be taken away, Really quite easy and a cheaper option than movers or UHaul.

Good Luck with your move.

10-07-2008, 11:33 PM
Hull, that's interesting! I was googling for similar information per grish's original question. I checked out the Canadian Freightways for more info, but it's a bit short. I'll contact them, but would you be willing to give a bit more info (pricing, amount of stuff you moved, timing, etc)? Just as a reference for comparison?

I'm not moving to Edmonton, but looks like they're nation wide.

Thanks for the tip!

11-07-2008, 07:35 AM
It would help if you indicated the start and end points in this post.
Most carriers provide preferential zone to zone service rates and schedules