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Daily Grain Network Status – February 6, 2023 FEB 7 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.

February 6, 2023: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

A slight uptick in system loads on wheels yesterday returning above the 8,800 car threshold.

A story of two railways today with CN volumes declining notably (-12%) and CP rising (+19%).  CP loads on wheels back above the 4,000 car mark for the first time in 5 days.

Cars Not Moving

Little movement seen in system idle car counts once again yesterday remaining north of 1,000 cars.

Modest improvement seen for each of CN and CP.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (1,160) holding steady in the 1,000 – 1,200 car range with Vancouver seeing better unloads yesterday and a slight decline for Prince Rupert.

Thunder Bay unloads (30) continue to trickle in on a daily basis.

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.