It is nice that so many posts appreciate past CP employees. As with any large organization, you will find hard working employees and employees that try to do as little as possible.
I have been with CP long enough to know that Pershing and Harrison are right. I have seen management milking the CP cow for too long now. No accountability is (was) the norm. It is going to be hard, no doubt, to change. Change is never easy but in this case it is necessary.
"CP has become so inefficient, it is, i don't know, a joke. Even me at my low level as engr can see that what is happening is a joke. Management does not buy into the plans put forward by senior management. Without buy-in, plans will fail."
Hunter is going to shake things up, make people accountable for their actions and get rid of the dead wood. I myself welcome that as it will ensure my future employment and give me a sense of pride in the company I work for. As hard as it will be for me, I am sure it is going to be much harder on these managers that have been milking the CP cow for so many years. It will be fun to watch them run around in fear for their jobs.
This precision railroading that is mentioned is designed to create predictability in operations. Now, even though we have a scheduled railroad, trains seem to depart kind of close to their departure time, but they arrive at any time. Personally, I waste so much time because I cannot move due to a train arriving way too early, or hours late. Trains departing/arriving on time, is designed to save manpower and resources. Right now we are too undisciplined to get this done. Just two nights ago my crew wasted hours due to a train departing 5 hours late. Why was it 5 hours late, because the local manager was not able to handle a busy day and get the train built on time, but I am sure on his status report he blamed it on the switch crews. I hope Hunter can weed these people out and find a way to get rid of them.
I am sure he will get rid of some assets to create capital for infrastructure. PBR, forget it. The deal will cost too much. I bet it would be in the billions. The DM&E deal had a provision that CP must pay 1 billion if they ever reach PBR in the next 25 years. Who gets that 1 billion I am not sure, but that is on top of infrastructure costs. Getting China to pay for it would be nice, but China is moving away from coal and turning to Nuclear power.
"As I always say, we got our track to KC. Merge with KCS. I know the STB will not like two class one's merging, but I believe it is the only merger left that can be argued as an increase in competition. I hope Hunter comes here and reads this as I have no way to contact him unless he shows up one day when I happen to be there."
It's going to hard for everybody, but it is needed.
And this comment as well:
"...It's nice to
see someone in train service with cptrainman's positive attitude,
along with his eye for the kind of things that need fixing.
He and those like him have nothing to fear from Hunter Harrison. May their tribe increase..."