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Daily Grain Network Status – April 27, 2021 APR 28 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 27, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

· Loads on wheels were unchanged from the prior day remaining below the 11,000 car threshold for the fifth consecutive day.

· Nearing the mid-point of week 39, loads on wheels continue to track 7% lower than at this point last week driven by significantly lower volumes on CN.

Cars Not Moving

· Idle car counts declined slightly yesterday reflecting nominal improvement for CP and little change on CN.

· At 1,900 cars per day on average thus far this week idle car counts are trending nearly 30% lower than last week reflecting improvements for both railways.

Port Unloads

· West coast unloads (1,073) fell back from the prior day reflecting lower unloads at Vancouver and steady unloads at Prince Rupert.

· Thunder Bay reported another strong day with 446 unloads surpassing the 400 car mark for the second straight 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.