Largest ever CP grain train embarks from Alta.

The train left Paterson GlobalFoods terminal near Bowden, Alta., with 16,313 tonnes of grain en route to Vancouver

The largest ever Canadian Pacific Railway grain train recently took to the tracks, carrying a massive shipment to the West Coast.

Paterson GlobalFoods said the train transported 16,313 tonnes of grain and comprised 167 new high-capacity hopper cars.

It was loaded at Paterson’s Foothills Terminal in Bowden, Alta., arriving at the Alliance Grain Terminal in Vancouver.

“Our new third generation grain terminals are amongst the most efficient grain facilities in the world today,” said Andrew Paterson, Paterson’s president and chief executive officer in a news release on May 15.

“From the producer to the supplier to the end-use customer, our system can process and ship grain to exceed expectations,” he said.

The company said it loaded the train in less than 14 hours. Once it left the terminal, it took four days to reach AGT in Vancouver.

“We celebrate with Paterson the largest ‘origin grain unit train’ ever launched,” said Keith Creel, CP’s president and CEO, in the news release.

“We applaud Paterson’s continued efforts to lead progressively to new levels of production capacity in the grain supply chain.”

The large train comes as grain continues to move quickly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite previous challenges in the network, data from Quorum Corp.’s Grain Monitor shows railways have managed to ship more grain this year when compared to the same time period last year.

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