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CN Announces US$600-million Debt Offering

MONTREAL, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today announced a public two-tranche debt offering of US$600 million, comprised of US$350 million Floating Rate Notes due 2015, and US$250 million 4.50% Notes due 2043. CN expects to close the offering on Nov. 7, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.

CN plans to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes, including the redemption and refinancing of outstanding indebtedness.

The debt offering is being made in the United States under an effective shelf registration statement CN filed on Nov. 4, 2011. The joint book-running managers of the debt offering are; Citigroup Global Markets Inc.; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC; and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated. The co-managers of the debt offering are BNP PARIBAS, HSBC, BMO Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets, Scotiabank, TD Securities, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Desjardins Capital Markets, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities ( USA), Inc. and US Bancorp.

A copy of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus for the offering may be obtained by contacting Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Attention: Prospectus Department, toll free: 1-800-831-9146, email: batprospectusdept@citi.com; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Attention: Investment Grade Syndicate Desk, collect call: 1-212-834-4533, or Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Attention: Prospectus Department, toll free: 1-800-294-1322, e-mail: dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor will there be any sale of these securities, in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information included in this news release constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and under Canadian securities laws, including with respect to the timing and completion of the proposed debt offering, which is subject to customary termination rights and closing conditions. CN cautions that, by their nature, these forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The Company cautions that its assumptions may not materialize and that current economic conditions render such assumptions, although reasonable at the time they were made, subject to greater uncertainty.

Important risk factors that could affect the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the effects of general economic and business conditions, industry competition, inflation, currency and interest rate fluctuations, changes in fuel prices, legislative and/or regulatory developments, compliance with environmental laws and regulations, actions by regulators, various events which could disrupt operations, including natural events such as severe weather, droughts, floods and earthquakes, labor negotiations and disruptions, environmental claims, uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation, risks and liabilities arising from derailments, and other risks detailed from time to time in reports filed by CN with securities regulators in Canada and the United States. Reference should be made to "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in CN's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F filed with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators, available on CN's website, for a summary of major risk factors.

CN assumes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect future events, changes in circumstances, or changes in beliefs, unless required by applicable Canadian securities laws. In the event CN does update any forward-looking statement, no inference should be made that CN will make additional updates with respect to that statement, related matters, or any other forward-looking statement.

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