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Daily Grain Network Status – April 26, 2022 APR 27 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 26, 2022: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels declined yesterday falling below the 4,800 car threshold – the lowest one day total in more than six months and 4th time in the last 10 days below the 5,000 car mark.

The decline yesterday reflects lower volumes across the board led by CN which has now seen loads on wheels fall below 2,000 cars for the second time in the last two weeks.

Cars Not Moving

A second consecutive day of improvement yesterday with system idle car counts declining 24% and falling to the lowest one day total in more than four months.

The improvement reflects lower counts across the board.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (675) more than doubled from the prior day, above 650 cars for the second time in the last three days reflecting improved unloads at both ports as expected.

Thunder Bay unloads (158) fell back below 200 cars for the third 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.