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Daily Grain Network Status – December 15, 2021 DEC 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.

December 15, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels declined notably yesterday falling below 8,000 cars for only the third time in the last month.

The decline yesterday reflects lower volumes across the board led by CN.

Cars Not Moving

The downward trend in system idle car counts paused yesterday with counts rising back above the 1,800 car threshold.

The bump up reflects higher counts for CP concentrated largely in the Vancouver corridor

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (953) bounced back yesterday recording more than 900 unloads for the first time in more than a month since before the Vancouver corridor service disruption.

Thunder Bay unloads (127) fell by half yesterday with far fewer unloads than we would have anticipated given the number of cars available at the Port.

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.