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Canadian National Railroad Dedicates new Signal and Controls Lab to honor Katie Lunn

Training and Controls Lab entrance

Training and Controls Lab entrance




Canadian National recently built two new state of the art training centers, one at their home U.S. office in Homewood, IL and one at their Winnipeg, Manitoba site in Canada. Both sites have areas named to honor Katie Lunn. The Homewood training campus named the Signal and Controls Training Laboratory after Katie. The Winnipeg training campus named their Lecture Hall after Katie.

On April 16th, 2010 it was a failure of a CN owned crossing signal in University Park, IL that was being install that failed as an Amtrak train went through the crossing taking Katie’s life. Since that time the Lunn family has worked together with CN leadership and leadership of other railroads to improve crossing signal safety processes. “Our goal is to do what we can to see that other families don’t have to go through the emotional pain and sadness our family continues to go through”, says Jerry Lunn

On Monday October 13, 2014 Jerry and wife Julie Lunn toured the new Canadian National Training Campus with CN’s Dave Ferryman and others from the Leadership team. “It is an exceptional state of the art training facility, it is obvious CN is serious about training there people to the highest levels to eliminate future training and communication related safety incidents” says Lunn. Monday was the first Signals and Control class to go through the new facility.


With many procedural changes since April 2010 along with increased training and increased awareness, Canadian National is approaching 2 years with no signal related failures. No one will ever know if it is saving lives but not having failures definitely eliminate the chances.



Katie's picture inside the Signals and Controls Lab

Katie’s picture inside the Signals and Controls Lab

New CN Training Campus in Homewood, IL

New CN Training Campus in Homewood, IL


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