Daily Grain Network Status – August 17, 2021 AUG 18 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.
August 17, 2021: Report Synopsis
Loads on Wheels
• System loads on wheels increased yesterday rising above the 4,000 car threshold for the first time in three days.
• Yesterday’s increase reflects higher volumes for each of CN and CP although the majority of the increase was seen on CN.
Cars Not Moving
• System idle car counts nudged down slightly yesterday and have now fallen below 1,000 cars for the first time since June.
• There was little change in idle car counts for either railway yesterday. Approaching the mid point of Week 3, average daily counts are tracking 20% lower than last week.
• West coast unloads (387) declined from the prior day consistent with car availability at the Port.
• Thunder Bay unloads (115) changed little from the prior day with unloads below 200 cars for the 7th straight day.
For more information, go to www.agtransportcoalition.com* 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.