Canadian National Railway Closing Auburn Hub

Aug 27, 2014

AUBURN, Maine — Canadian National Railway says it plans to end service to its Auburn truck-and-rail hub. The hub provides a route for shipments to reach western Canada and ultimately Asia. It allows containers to be lifted off trucks and onto rail cars.

Canadian National spokesman Mark Hallman says the company is terminating its rail service to the Auburn Intermodal Terminal because traffic volumes are not sufficient to sustain that service.

"CN continually reviews its book of business and this was the decision after concluding that there didn't seem the prospects of sufficient volumes to make the service remunerative," Hallman says.

Canadian National says the service to Auburn will end in mid-November. The Portland Press Herald reports a major remaining customer is L.L.Bean, which receives shipments from Asia through the service. The paper quotes an L.L.Bean spokesperson saying the company is monitoring the situation, but has an alternate plan for receiving those shipments.