GrainsConnect selects Huxley, Alta. as fourth location

GrainsConnect Canada is planning its fourth grain terminal at Huxley, 120 kilometres northeast of Calgary, Alta. Subject to necessary approvals, construction is planned to commence mid-year with an expected completion date of 2019. The elevator will be similar to GrainsConnect’s other facilities, with state-of-the-art 35,000 tonne grain storage and the ability to load 134 rail […] Read more

CTA weighs in on cost of moving grain by rail

The Canadian Transportation Agency is projecting a 4.1 percent increase in the cost of moving western Canadian grain by rail this year. The increase is in the volume related composite price index (VCRPI), which is used to determine maximum revenue entitlements for Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway. MREs, which are also known as […] Read more

Grain transport group releases new report

The Ag Transport Coalition is publishing a new daily report that takes a closer look at the movement of western Canadian grain shipments to export position on the West Coast. ATC, a coalition of grain shippers, elevator companies, commodity groups and oilseed processors, has been publishing weekly railway performance reports since early 2015. ATC spokesperson […] Read more

Grain trains: New models are bigger, haul more

1. They’re lighter

The new generation of grain train is not your daddy’s grain train. There are many differences, but two of the biggest changes are: Railways are running longer trains. New hopper cars can carry more grain. Eventually Canada’s government owned fleet of grain hopper cars will be replaced, and when they are, crop movement will become […] Read more

Court dismisses CN appeal over MRE ruling

The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Canadian National Railway stemming from a two-year-old railway revenue cap ruling that forced CN to pay $5.23 million to the Western Grains Research Foundation. In December 2014, the Canada Transportation Agency concluded that CN had exceeded its maximum revenue entitlement (MRE) for moving western Canadian […] Read more

West Coast grain shipments hit new record in October: CP

Canadian Pacific Railway says it moved a record amount of western Canadian grain to export position in Vancouver last month. In a Nov. 7 news release, CP says it shipped a record 15,865 car loads of prairie grain to west coast ports in October, surpassing the company’s previous monthly record of 15,449 car loads set […] Read more

Dedicated trains put shippers in charge of car movement: CP

Complaining about the movement of grain cars and trains is a rite of winter in Western Canada. Producers in a certain region of the Prairies will grumble that the railways aren’t making grain cars available for their local elevator. That frustration may be misdirected, at least when it comes to Canadian Pacific Railway, because the […] Read more

Prairie grain exports below last year’s pace

The amount of prairie grain that’s been shipped from Canadian export terminals to overseas destinations is down significantly from last year, according to figures from the federally appointed Grain Monitoring Program. GMP data released by Quorum Corp. last week shows that shipments of all grain and oilseeds from Vancouver during the first two months of […] Read more

Transport minister to meet with farm groups in Saskatoon

Farmers will finally get to discuss grain transportation with federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau at an Oct. 20 meeting in Saskatoon. Garneau took to Twitter last week to say he was eager to meet with agricultural leaders to talk about efficient grain movement. Farm organizations and provincial governments were unhappy this summer when they learned […] Read more

Railways on side with new locomotive emission standards

Canada’s two largest railway companies appear to be on board with Ottawa’s plan to limit polluting emissions for railway locomotives. Last month, the federal government announced its intention to place limits on Canadian locomotive emissions, bringing them in line with U.S. standards. The limits are aimed at protecting the environment and limiting the impact on […] Read more