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


CN invests in grain hopper fleet.   |  File photo

CN Rail hops to it

Canadian National Railway’s purchase of 1,000 new grain hopper cars represents the first tangible results of Bill C-49 and a major step forward in fleet renewal, say industry observers. The company announced May 24, the day the transportation modernization act received royal assent after a year of political back-and-forth and hard industry lobbying, that it […] Read more

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture sent a letter to MPs May 10 urging the bill be passed as soon as possible. | Screencap via Twitter/@CFAFCA

Transportation bill waiting on new vote

Political wrangling over Bill C-49 continues in Ottawa as the bill still has not gained full approval from the House of Commons and the Senate. After Transport Minister Marc Garneau accepted some earlier Senate amendments and rejected others, the Senate once again debated the bill last week. It returned the legislation to the Commons May […] Read more

A new ownership group that’s attempting to buy the Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill in northern Manitoba says western Canadian grain will be an important part of the port’s commercial business.
 | Port of Churchill photo

Group bids for Hudson Bay Railway and Churchill port

A new ownership group that’s attempting to buy the Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill in northern Manitoba says western Canadian grain will be an important part of the port’s commercial business. If the proposed sale of the port and railway goes ahead, grain shipments will resume as quickly as possible following necessary […] Read more


Bill C-49 covers all aspects of transportation, not just rail. These cars were photographed recently in Calgary.  |  Randy Vanderveen photo

Transport bill sparks calls for quick approval

MPs approve or adjust grain amendments but others are rejected; House now sends proposed legislation back to Senate

Farmers are once again urging quick passage of Bill C-49 in the Senate after the long-awaited transportation legislation moved back to the upper chamber. The House of Commons May 3 approved Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s position on earlier Senate amendments to the bill. He approved some, including those related to grain shipping, with some adjustments, […] Read more

The Ag Transport Coalition said a structured shutdown of Canadian Pacific Railway’s operations in anticipation of an April 21 strike likely had some impact on the company’s Week 38 performance.  |  File photo

CN’s car orders improve; CP still struggles

Ag Transport Coalition data shows that CN supplied about 91 percent of grain hopper cars on time during Week 38

The number of hoppers cars being spotted at western Canadian grain elevators continues to improve at Canadian National Railway, while weekly hopper car deliveries at Canadian Pacific Railway continue to falter, according to figures supplied by the Ag Transport Coalition. ATC numbers show that CN’s numbers have been improving consistently since the arrival of warmer […] Read more