Daily Grain Network Status – January 22, 2023 JAN 24 2023 | 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.
January 22, 2023: Report Synopsis
Loads on Wheels
Higher loads on wheels to close out the week pushed average daily system loads on wheels last week to more than 9,400 cars per day – marginally higher than the prior week but still the second lowest level seen in the last 2+ months.
Much as was the case throughout the week, the increase reflects primarily higher volumes for CP with CN seeing only a nominal bump.
Cars Not Moving
Consistent with the pattern seen throughout the week, system idle car counts rose week over week averaging nearly 1,500 cars per day last week.
The small increase reflects higher counts for CN while CP counts saw little movement week over week.
West coast unloads at less than 1,100 cars per day declined from the prior week reflecting lower unloads at Vancouver which saw less than 900 cars per day unloaded last week.
Thunder Bay unloads, as expected, remained low at 40 cars per day last week.