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Daily Grain Network Status – April 15, 2021 APR 16 2021 | Producers | Blog Post

(Regular updates will be available on the Alberta Pulse Growers website.)

Pulse Canada and the CSCA are partners of the Ag Transport Coalition (ATC)*, which tracks performance of the Canadian railway network for the movement of grain.

A new grain network status report has been created to provide stakeholders with comprehensive insight on the performance of the Canadian rail system for the 2020-2021 grain year. The report provides information and data on the status of the rail network as of midnight the previous day.

The railway performance data reported in these reports reflect the performance of rail shipments specifically for grain shippers participating in the Ag Transport Coalition’s railway performance measurement program – estimated to encompass approximately 90-95% of western Canadian originated grain shipments by rail.

April 15, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels were unchanged on a system basis yesterday reflecting a decline in CN volumes and an increase for CP.

· Heading into the back half of week 37 system loads on wheels continue to track slightly below last week at this point averaging 11,500 cars per day.

Cars Not Moving

· Idle car counts declined yesterday for the fifth straight day falling below 2,100 cars reflecting improved counts for both CN and CP.

· While progress is slow, the numbers continue to trend in the right direction.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,147) rebounded yesterday reflecting improved unloads at both Vancouver and Prince Rupert.

· Thunder Bay unloads rebounded yesterday to just under 300 unloads after a below average day the prior day.

For more information, go to* The Ag Transportation Coalition is comprised of the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), Pulse Canada, Manitoba Pulse Growers Association (MPGA), Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Inland Terminal Association of Canada (ITAC) and the Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA). All daily network status reports are available on the Pulse Canada website.