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Daily Grain Network Status – January 24, 2023 JAN 25 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 24, 2023: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels declined slightly yesterday following two days of rising volumes.  Daily loads on wheels have been range bound between 8,800 – 9,700 cars per day for three straight weeks.

Yesterday’s decline led by CP with little change seen for CN.  Daily loads on wheels have now been below 5,000 cars for both railways for 19 of the last 20 days.


Cars Not Moving

Little change seen in system idle car counts yesterday after seeing a significant decline the prior day which had reduced counts from 1,700+ to less than 1,200 cars.

CN showing some improvement yesterday offset in part by higher counts for CP.  CP counts remain at 2x the levels currently seen on CN.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (1,115) above the 1,100 car threshold for the second straight day with little change at Vancouver and a slight reduction at Prince Rupert.

Thunder Bay unloads (41) remain low.

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.