Farmers urged to keep watch on rail shipping

Farm leaders last week told federal ministers they are closely watching grain movement this fall to make sure the railways don’t fall behind. Todd Lewis, president of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, and Daryl Fransoo, a Western Canadian Wheat Growers director, both said communication is key as the first shipping season under new transportation […] Read more

A partnership of Canadian companies bought the rail line and port facilities at the Port of Churchill, Man.  |  File photo

Ottawa to invest $117 million in Churchill and rail link repairs

The federal government plans to spend $117 million over the next 10 years to restore rail service between The Pas, Man., and the Port of Churchill in northern Manitoba. In a Sept. 14 news release, the government of Canada said it is committed to restoring rail service on the Hudson Bay Railway. The railway — […] Read more

Recent data indicates that the major railways are fulfilling the majority of their orders in a timely fashion.  |  File photo

Grain supply network performing smoothly

An early harvest slowed farmer deliveries to the elevator, but movement picked up during week four of the new crop year

Canada’s grain handling and transportation systems look to be operating smoothly despite smaller-than-average export shipments during the first month of the 2018-19 crop year. “So far, so good,” said Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corp., the Edmonton company contracted to monitor commercial grain movements in Western Canada. “We were a little bit concerned (in late […] Read more


Last week, Paterson Grain officially opened the doors to its newest facility near Bowden, Alta. | Twitter/@Paterson_Global photo

New grain terminals built across West

Grain handling companies continue to invest in new facilities across the West despite warning from some industry observers that Western Canada’s bulk grain handling system is quickly becoming overbuilt. In the past month, at least three new grain terminals have opened across the Prairies and others are scheduled to open early next year. Last week, […] Read more

Canadian National Railway plans to add 60 additional locomotives to its fleet, the company announced this week. | File photo

CN orders 60 more locomotives, cites growth in rail volumes

Canadian National Railway plans to add 60 additional locomotives to its fleet, the company announced this week. The Montreal-based railway has placed an order with GE Transportation for 60 more locomotives, expanding a previous order for 200 new locomotives that was placed by CN in December 2017. “With strong demand across our business, we continue […] Read more


Ottawa is suing HBRC for $18 million, claiming that the company failed to live up to terms in a 2008 contract that required the company to maintain rail service on a section of track in northern Manitoba until 2029. The track has been out of service since early 2017 after flooding caused extensive damage. | OmniTrax photo

Regulator orders HBR to repair damaged track

The federal government is moving ahead with legal action against the Hudson Bay Railway Company (HBRC), a subsidiary of North American railroading company OmniTrax Inc. Ottawa is suing HBRC for $18 million, claiming that the company failed to live up to terms in a 2008 contract that required the company to maintain rail service on […] Read more

Little-used sections of rail line like this one can be found across the Prairies. APAS president Ian Boxall says if Ottawa is serious about re-establishing the Port of Churchill as a viable export route for prairie grain, it should focus its regulatory efforts on re-opening the Tisdale subdivision in northeastern Saskatchewan. | WP photo illustration

Farmers call for reopening of Tisdale rail subdivision

UPDATED: June 19, 2018 – 0955 CST – adds CN emailed comment – If Ottawa is serious about re-establishing the Port of Churchill as a viable export route for prairie grain, it should focus its regulatory efforts on re-opening the Tisdale subdivision in northeastern Saskatchewan. That’s according to Ian Boxall, a Tisdale-area farmer who also […] Read more

The company announced its plan in a June 7 news release, adding that grain shippers can expect to see 500 so-called

CP plans $500M fleet renewal

Canadian Pacific Railway plans to spend more than $500 million on new high-capacity grain hopper cars over the next four years. The company announced its plan in a June 7 news release, adding that grain shippers can expect to see 500 of the so-called jumbo hopper cars in CP’s fleet before the end of 2018. […] Read more


The company announced its plan in a June 7 news release, adding that grain shippers can expect to see 500 so-called

CP plans $500 million fleet renewal; cites MRE changes

Canadian Pacific Railway is planning to spend more than $500 million on new high-capacity grain hopper cars over the next four years. The company announced its plan in a June 7 news release, adding that grain shippers can expect to see 500 so-called “jumbo” hoppers in CP’s fleet before the end of 2018. All told, […] Read more

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd conductors and locomotive engineers will get a nine percent salary hike over four years as part of a tentative agreement reached last week with the Teamsters, spokesmen from both the union and CP said on Wednesday. | File photo

CP Rail deal will give workers 9 per cent raise over four years

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd conductors and locomotive engineers will get a nine per cent salary hike over four years as part of a tentative agreement reached last week with the Teamsters, spokesmen from both the union and CP said on Wednesday. The agreement, which must first be ratified by members to go […] Read more