PNR RailWorks got its start more than 50 years ago in British Columbia. Area businessman George Braun, Sr. founded G. Brown Contracting Co., in Abbotsford, BC, in 1961. Several years later he renamed the thriving enterprise Pacific Northern Rail Contractors (PNR).
Under the leadership of George Braun and his three sons Henry, George Jr. and Erwin, the company earned a reputation for quality workmanship and materials, safe and innovative operating practices and exemplary customer service. They built a proud tradition of dedication to customers, employees and the environment and a long record of successful project work.
During the 1980s, PNR expanded its operations eastward to other provinces and completed its first major venture in Eastern Canada: construction of a new rail yard facility for VIA Rail. In the two decades that followed, the company expanded throughout the Eastern provinces.
PNR became part of RailWorks' track construction network in 1999 when it was acquired by RailWorks Corporation and renamed PNR RailWorks. Since then the company has continued to expand its geographic footprint and base of clients and services. In 2008, the company expanded into Quebec with the acquisition of Quebec's largest railway contractor, E.V.F. Coyle Inc., now known as PNR RailWorks Quebec Inc.
Today PNR RailWorks carries on the legacy of exemplary railway construction and maintenance services established during the Braun family era. PNR RailWorks is Canada's leading full-service railroad contractor with offices, shops and yards in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec to provide service throughout all of Canada.