Not really a surprise, but a darn shame! http://business.financialpost.com/2012/10/01/cp-rail-chief-operations-officer-franczak-steps-down/ The statement that the position will not be filled speaks volumes i.e. E. Hunter Harrison (The Flatlander) will try to run the whole shebang all by himself. It will be interesting times when Winter rolls around and the sledding gets tough in the mountains. The Gordian Knot on the CPR is buried in the mountains i.e. Kicking Horse and Rogers Pass. No finagling of any kind will change that, it rules power positioning and train length in a big way, not to mention the amounts of snow and the effort required to keep the line open. "The Flatlander" may issue orders to his heart's content, the CP will never be the CN, even if he stands on his head.