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Daily Grain Network Status – December 6, 2021 DEC 7 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 6, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels declined marginally once again yesterday falling below the 8,000 car threshold for the first time in three weeks.

No material movement for either railway with each showing small reductions in cars on line.

Cars Not Moving

System idle car counts have now declined for three consecutive days falling to 3,300 cars yesterday.

CN led the way yesterday with a significant decline in the Vancouver corridor consistent with the re-start of train operations in the corridor.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (644) saw their best day since November 14 – the beginning of the service disruption – driven by improved unloads at both ports but most notably Vancouver.

Thunder Bay unloads (132) saw another light day inconsistent with the large volume of cars on hand at the terminal yesterday.

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.