Prairie grain trains are expected to increase in length and weight as railway companies seek to increase operational efficiencies and move more cargo with fewer trains.  |  File photo

Brake failure possible in deadly derailment

Cold temperatures, snow-covered tracks and avalanches can cause winter shipping problems for the rail system

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board released some details last week stemming from the deadly derailment of a westbound Canadian Pacific freight train in a mountainous area near Field, B.C. On Feb. 4, Canadian Pacific Railway train 301 — a 112-car, three-locomotive grain train destined for Vancouver — derailed at Mile 130.6 of the Laggan subdivision, killing […] Read more

Fears over delays stem from the province’s plan to move 120,000 barrels of oil a day by 2020, purchasing as many as 7,000 tanker cars and 80 locomotives.
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Alta. politicians debate oil car plan

Grain movement might be the big issue on producers’ minds as Alberta heads into an election this spring. Worries about potential backlogs were heavily discussed during an MLA and candidate panel at FarmTech Jan. 29 with representatives from the political left and right offering their thoughts on the issue. “Transportation is a large concern of […] Read more

Canadian Pacific Railway saw fourth-quarter freight revenues from shipping grain increase by five percent.  |  File photo

CP reports another record-setting year

Revenue increased 12 percent last year to $7.138 billion, while fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share rose 41 percent

Calgary-based Canadian Pacific Railway reported another record year in 2018, supported by best-ever fourth quarter revenues and strong demand from shippers in every major business sector, including agriculture. CP’s revenues for the three-month period ending Dec. 31 were $2 billion, up five percent from the fourth quarter of 2017, the company announced in a Jan. […] Read more


Full year revenues at Canada's largest railway company were reported at $14.3 billion in 2018, up from $13 billion the previous year. | File photo

CN on pace for record grain handlings in 2018-19

Revenues at Canadian National Railway were up 10 percent in 2018 as the company reported strong fourth quarter volumes of grain, crude oil, intermodal cargoes and other commodities. Full year revenues at Canada’s largest railway company were reported at $14.3 billion in 2018, up from $13 billion the previous year. In the three-month period ending […] Read more

The oral hearings, which will continue today, are aimed at learning more about the factors behind a transportation snafu that restricted rail traffic to Canada's busiest port, interrupting commercial trade and causing undetermined financial losses for some shippers. | File photo

CTA urged to scrutinize legality of railway measures

VANCOUVER — The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) heard its first day of oral testimony from railway companies and shipper groups yesterday, part of a federal investigation into Vancouver area rail problems that began last November and persisted into early 2019. The oral hearings, which will continue today, are aimed at learning more about the factors […] Read more


Calgary-based Canadian Pacific Railway reported another record year in 2018, supported by best-ever fourth quarter revenues and strong demand from shippers in every major business sector, including agriculture. | File photo

CP reports another record setting year

Calgary-based Canadian Pacific Railway reported another record year in 2018, supported by best-ever fourth quarter revenues and strong demand from shippers in every major business sector, including agriculture. CP’s revenues for the three-month period ending Dec. 31 were $2 billion, up five percent from the fourth quarter of 2017, the company announced in a Jan. […] Read more

The Port of Prince Rupert’s recently expanded Fairview Container Terminal moved one million 20-foot equivalent shipping containers last year.  |  Port of Prince Rupert photo

Prince Rupert optimistic about ag handlings

Agricultural products comprised 32 percent of the shipping containers that moved through the B.C. port last year

The Port of Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia celebrated a historic milestone last month. It moved its millionth 20-foot equivalent (TEU) shipping container of the 2018 calendar year through the port’s recently expanded Fairview Container Terminal. The container was filled with dimensional lumber from Canfor and was moved by rail to the Fairview terminal […] Read more

When considering the pattern of how grain is shipped by rail in Canada, it's very unlikely increased oil shipments would interfere, according to Quorum Corporation. | File photo

Oil shipments by rail likely won’t interfere with grain movements

WINNIPEG – When considering the pattern of how grain is shipped by rail in Canada, it’s very unlikely increased oil shipments would interfere, according to Quorum Corporation. “That’s largely because the flow of grain is predominantly to the West Coast and Thunder Bay,” said Quorum President Mark Hemmes. He explained approximately 80 percent of Canadian […] Read more


After applicable penalties are applied, CN must pay approximately $1.1 million to the WGRF while CP must forfeit nearly $1.6 million. | File photo

Railways ordered to pay $2.7 million for exceeding MRE

Canada’s two largest railway companies — Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway — have been ordered to pay nearly $2.7 million to the Western Grains Research Foundation after exceeding their maximum revenue entitlements for moving western Canadian grain. In a Dec. 31 ruling, the Canadian Transportation Agency said CN generated grain-related revenues of $788 […] Read more

The new cars have a three-pocket design to allow more efficient loading and unloading.  | Karen Briere photo

CP’s new cars hit the rails

Canadian Pacific Railway’s new grain cars are shorter and lighter and carry 15 percent more volume and 10 percent more load weight than the old Government of Canada hoppers

PASQUA, Sask. — Canadian Pacific Railway’s first 8,500-foot high efficiency product train of next-generation hopper cars pulled out of the G3 Pasqua terminal near Moose Jaw earlier this month, a shiny, graffiti-free model of the future of grain handling. The cars built by National Steel in Hamilton were among the first delivery of the 500 […] Read more