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Daily Grain Network Status – September 28, 2021 SEP 29 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.

September 28, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

• System loads on wheels declined rather notably yesterday for both railways falling below the 8,800 car threshold.

• Approaching the mid point of week 9, average daily cars on line is running marginally behind last week’s pace.

Cars Not Moving

• System idle car counts improved somewhat yesterday falling below 1,100 cars for the first time in five days.

• Despite yesterday’s improvement, average daily counts this week continue to track some 23% higher than last week.

Port Unloads

• West coast unloads (971) improved yesterday falling just shy of 1,000 unloads reflecting improved unloads at Vancouver and a slight drop off at Prince Rupert.

• Thunder Bay unloads (248) on the heels of a strong day fell off despite there being 1,200+ cars on site yesterday morning.

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.