Slow harvest progress in Western Canada is delaying the movement of grain to prairie elevators and export terminals on the West Coast and at Thunder Bay. | File photo

Harvest delays slow grain movement

Slow harvest progress in Western Canada is delaying the movement of grain to prairie elevators and export terminals on the West Coast and at Thunder Bay. John Brooks, executive vice-president with Canadian Pacific Railway, told investors in Montreal that the western Canadian harvest is as much as 30 percent behind normal this year. Poor harvest […] Read more

This year looks like it will be close to a record year for grain movement in Western Canada.
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Rail, infrastructure gains give reason for optimism

Canada’s two major rail companies have taken heat over the last few years for failure to provide consistent movement of agricultural products. However, now it looks like genuine change is underway. The turnaround is remarkable. After a difficult winter in 2013-14, which the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission says cost around $6.5 billion, and more difficulties […] Read more

Canadian Pacific Railway says focused capital investments in its network are a key factor in the company’s record-setting grain business.  |  File photo

CP expects to ship record amount of grain this year

The railway moved 22.5 million tonnes of grain and grain products between Aug. 1, 2018, 
and May 31, 2019, which is 500,000 tonnes more than it’s ever done at this point in the year

Canadian Pacific Railway expects to set a new record in 2018-19 for volumes of Canadian grain moved in a single crop year. Joan Hardy, CP’s vice-president of sales and marketing, grain and fertilizers, said CP is on pace to move more grain in the current crop year than ever before. Between Aug. 1, 2018, and […] Read more


The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that Canadian National Railway breached service obligations to shippers in the Canadian pulp industry when it announced plans to impose rail freight embargoes on pulp and paper shippers last September. CN officials said they intend to appeal. | File photo

CN to appeal Ottawa’s freight embargo ruling

The CTA’s Vancouver investigation makes it clear that freight embargoes are to be used only as a tool of last resort

The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that Canadian National Railway breached service obligations to shippers in the Canadian pulp industry when it announced plans to impose rail freight embargoes on pulp and paper shippers last September. The CTA’s findings were the result of an investigation launched by the agency in January — the first such […] Read more

The Canadian Transportation Agency says car volumes arriving at Canadian National Railway’s Thornton Railway Yard in Surrey during October and November were 16 percent higher than the same period in 2017 for intermodal platform cars, 18 percent higher for rail cars to be interchanged with BNSF Railway Company, 11 percent higher for grain cars destined for North Shore grain terminals and 16 percent higher for wood pulp cars destined for the North Shore.  |  File photo

CTA investigation report cites traffic volumes

Review of rail freight service issues in Vancouver finds increased car volumes last fall could have been a possible factor

A federal investigation into rail freight service issues in Vancouver last year has identified increased traffic as a potential contributing factor behind service delays and congestion. In a second inquiry report released last month, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) said car volumes arriving at Canadian National Railway’s Thornton Railway Yard in Surrey during October and […] Read more


The advisories were issued to Transport Canada on April 11 and stem from TSB's investigation of a deadly train derailment earlier this year near Field, B.C., that killed three Canadian Pacific train crew members. | Twitter/@Globalnews photo

TSB advises extra precautions for mountain grain trains

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board has issued a pair of rail safety advisories aimed at improving rail safety and preventing uncontrolled train movements on mountain grades. The advisories were issued to Transport Canada on April 11 and stem from TSB’s investigation of a deadly train derailment earlier this year near Field, B.C., that killed three Canadian […] Read more

The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that Canadian National Railway breached its level of service obligations to shippers in the Canadian pulp industry when it announced plans to impose rail freight embargoes on the pulp and paper industry last September. | File photo

CN to appeal federal ruling on freight embargoes

The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that Canadian National Railway breached its level of service obligations to shippers in the Canadian pulp industry when it announced plans to impose rail freight embargoes on the pulp and paper industry last September. The CTA’s findings were the result of an investigation launched by the agency in January […] Read more

A federal investigation into rail freight service issues in Vancouver last year has identified increased traffic as a potential contributing factor behind service delays and congestion. | File photo

Traffic volumes cited in CTA investigation report

UPDATE – 1100 April 16, 2019 CST – The CTA released its final report on this issue April 15, 2019. You can find that updated story here. A federal investigation into rail freight service issues in Vancouver last year has identified increased traffic as a potential contributing factor behind service delays and congestion. In a […] Read more


Canadian National Railway announced March 18 it will spend $245 million on Saskatchewan rail infrastructure this year. | File photo

CN to expand infrastructure in Sask.

Canadian National Railway announced March 18 it will spend $245 million on Saskatchewan rail infrastructure this year. Plans include construction of double track at four locations: 16 kilometres near Atwater, east of Melville; 16 km near Fenwood, west of Melville; 12 km near Biggar and 11 km near Clavet. The company also intends to replace […] Read more

A winter storm shut down the Trans-Canada Highway near Calgary Feb. 20. Farms in the region saw some much-needed moisture, but the wind resulted in filled farmyards, including the Woolliams’ farm near Airdrie, Alta.  |  Michael Raine photo

Cold weather, poor conditions hamper grain movement

Consistently frigid winter temperatures across the Canadian Prairies combined with heavy snowfall in the Rocky Mountains have significantly slowed grain movements and rail car deliveries over the past few weeks. Conditions for railroading couldn’t be much worse, said Mark Hemmes, president of Edmonton-based Quorum Corp., during a Feb. 22 interview. In addition to two “fairly […] Read more