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

The grain that a farmer harvests can go east or west — there’s a bit of science that goes into deciding which one it will be.  |  Robin Booker photo

Who decides which direction grain moves?

Many variables play into how grain, shipping and railway companies determine which shipping route to take

Sometimes when you deliver grain to the elevator it’s shipped west and other times it’s shipped east. It may seem like it’s completely random but there’s a science to it that grain, shipping and railway companies do every day. This was the focus of a panel discussion entitled “Why does grain flow this way?” at […] Read more

Overall volumes of grain shipments were up 3.9 percent at the end of October. | File photo

No big problems with grain transportation so far

It’s so far, so good with grain shipments to the three major Canadian ports according, to a spokesperson with Quorum Corporation, which compiles weekly performance updates on Canada’s grain handling sector. The spokesperson said there not have been any big problems recently, only a few sporadic instances in rail shipments. He said there has been […] Read more


Work is underway at restoring the Port of Churchill to its former glory. | Facebook/Arctic Gateway photo

Arctic Gateway working to restore shipments from Port of Churchill

Work is underway at restoring the Port of Churchill to its former glory. Omer Al-Katib, spokesperson for Arctic Gateway Group Limited Partnership, said this includes work on grain storage, the wharf and new grain cleaning equipment. “The port fell into a state of disrepair as the port was not being fully utilized over the last […] Read more

Great Western Railway Ltd. operates on more than 700 kilometres of railway in southwestern Saskatchewan and has access to several reliable elevators and producer car loading sites. | File photo

Sask. short line expands into grain buying

Great Western Railway Ltd. is Saskatchewan’s newest grain dealer. The short-line railway confirmed last week that it has formed an affiliated company — Great Western Commodities Ltd. — which will buy grain from producers in southern Saskatchewan and sell to buyers in Canada, the United States and overseas. GWR operates on more than 700 kilometres […] Read more