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Hunter Harrison, CN CEO

He is getting his accolades, and TFA noes that the City of New Orleans is fairly punctual. Although we do not follow freight except as it impacts Amtrak, Hunter’s scheduling ideas are not exactly new. Anybody ever heard of Cotton Belt’s Blue Streak Merchandise?

Here is a great profile.

Harrison’s vision has spread, revolutionizing an antiquated business. Rail companies across the continent have started to copy his “precision railroading” model—running freight trains on a schedule, much like a passenger line—attracting an ever-larger following of big-name investors in the process. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns 17% of the Big Four U.S. line Burlington Northern Santa Fe. And the only man richer than Buffett—Microsoft’s Bill Gates—is CN’s largest shareholder.

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