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Daily Grain Network Status – April 25, 2023 APR 26 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 25, 2023: Report Synopsis


Loads on Wheels

A notable decline in system loads on wheels yesterday returning below the 8,000 car threshold after 5 days of increase that pushed system totals north of 8,400 cars a day ago.

CN and CP each seeing lower volumes yesterday with CN below the 4,000 car threshold for 9 consecutive days.

Cars Not Moving

A second consecutive day of improvement in the number of cars dwelling 48+ hours yesterday after 5 straight days of increasing counts that had pushed the system total to nearly 1,400 cars 48 hours ago.

CP leading the decline yesterday while CN counts increased.  Both railways now seeing the same number of cars dwelling.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (1,017) north of 1,000 cars for the first time in a week yesterday reflecting improved unloads at both west coast ports.

Thunder Bay unloads (266) holding steady and below the 300 car mark for the 7th straight day.


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.