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Daily Grain Network Status – April 12, 2023 APR 13 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.

April 12, 2023: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

A second straight day of decline in system loads on wheels yesterday falling below the 8,600 car threshold – the lowest level seen in nearly three weeks.
Yesterday’s decline was led by CP which saw loads on wheels decline nearly 10% while CN volumes increased reversing some of the decline seen the prior day.

Cars N
ot Moving

A slight uptick in system idle car counts yesterday following the notable decline seen the prior day returning counts north of 1,300 cars.

CP driving the increase yesterday although in absolute terms a relatively small increase.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (986) declining slightly from the prior day reflecting lower unloads at Vancouver offset in part by improved unloads at Prince Rupert.

Thunder Bay unloads (291) also declining yesterday falling below the 300 car mark for the first time in 9 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.