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Daily Grain Network Status – October 26, 2023 OCT 30 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.

October 26, 2023: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels reversed course yesterday rising slightly back above the 9,100 car threshold.

A tale of two railways yesterday with CN volumes rising significantly offset in part by a decline for CP.

Cars Not Moving

Some notable improvement yesterday in the number of cars not moving 48+ hours with counts falling back below the 1,000 car threshold for the first time in 7 days.

Improvement seen across the board yesterday although CP counts remain significantly higher (4x) than CN.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (1,034) holding above the 1,000 car mark for a 2nd straight day yesterday.

Thunder Bay unloads (206) improving slightly but not inconsistent with the cars available on site for unloading yesterday.

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.