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Daily Grain Network Status – October 7, 2021 OCT 8 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.

October 7, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

• System loads on wheels declined yesterday for the third straight day falling below 8,600 cars.  Loads on wheels have now declined by 15% (1,400 cars) in the last 72 hours.

• The decline yesterday was led by CP with only a marginal decline in CN volumes.

Cars Not Moving

• System idle car counts improved marginally yesterday falling just below 1,800 cars.

•  The decline reflects lower counts across the board but most notably for CP.

Port Unloads

• West coast unloads (1,009) cleared the 1,000 car threshold for the first time in 11 days reflecting improved unloads at Prince Rupert.

• Thunder Bay (374) saw good unloads again yesterday surpassing the 300 car mark for four consecutive days for the first time in more than four months.

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.