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Daily Grain Network Status – April 11, 2022 APR 12 2022 | 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.

April 11, 2022: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels increased yesterday for the first time in six days but remain just shy of the 6,000 car threshold.

The increase seen yesterday reflects principally higher volumes for CP.  On a system basis loads on wheels continue to lag last week by 12% early in week 37.

Cars Not Moving

System idle car counts did an about face yesterday declining by more than 20% (-480 cars) on the heels of a notable spike on the weekend.

The improvement yesterday reflects lower counts for each of CN and CP in nearly equal measure.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (313) dipped by a third from the prior day reflecting lower unloads at Vancouver and Prince Rupert.

Thunder Bay unloads (315) surpassed the 300 car threshold for the second time in the last four days.

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.