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

Both national railways have been under pressure from shippers of grain shipments and other commodities, including petroleum and fertilizer. | CP photo

CP Rail workers serve strike notice

Teamsters Canada and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have provided Canadian Pacific Railway notice that the railroad’s workers will head to the picket lines on April 21. The company and union appear to have reached an impasse in talks. The Teamsters, along with another union, represents more than a quarter of the company’s workforce […] Read more

Canada's two largest railway companies will be required to pay more than $7.1 million to the Western Grains Research Foundation because the freight revenues they collected for moving western Canadian grain exceeded the revenue cap. | File photo

Railways to repay $7.1 million under revenue cap formula

Canada’s two largest railway companies will be required to pay more than $7.1 million to the Western Grains Research Foundation because the freight revenues they collected for moving western Canadian grain exceeded the revenue cap. According to an online document dated Dec. 21, the Canadian Transportation Agency has determined that Canadian National Railway exceeded its […] Read more


CN’s performance measures have been plunging since Week 11 of the 2017-18 crop year.
 Its hopper car order fulfilment rate was 75 percent through Week 16 of this year compared to 90 percent for Canadian Pacific Railway, according to the Ag Transport Coalition.
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CN tackles grain delays

Grain shippers are getting nervous about Canadian National Railway’s faltering performance this fall, but the carrier says it has implemented changes that are already having an impact on service. CN’s performance measures have been plunging since Week 11 of the 2017-18 crop year. Its hopper car order fulfilment rate was 75 percent through Week 16 […] Read more

If passed, the Transportation Modernization Act will provide greater certainty for western Canadian grain shippers that depend on Canadian railway companies to transport grain to export terminals or North American destinations. | File photo

Transportation bill heads to the Senate

A federal bill aimed at improving Canada’s transportation systems and ensuring better rail service for shippers passed third reading in the House of Commons Wednesday and is off to the Senate. If passed, the Transportation Modernization Act will provide greater certainty for western Canadian grain shippers that depend on Canadian railway companies to transport grain […] Read more


Canadian Pacific Railway’s network plan calls for discontinuance of four branch lines in Saskatchewan and two in Alberta.  |  File photo

Future of branch lines depend on volume

Canadian Pacific Railway says it will continue to review its Canadian rail network in an effort to improve safety and find operational efficiencies. However, CP officials declined to comment specifically on the future of western Canadian branch lines that are slated for discontinuance in the company’s three-year rail network plan. “As per the Canadian Transportation […] Read more

Canadian National Railway shipped 21.8 million tonnes of western Canadian grain and oilseeds in 2016-17, roughly two percent more than the company’s previous shipping record set in 2014-15, company officials said last week.
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Canadian National Railway sets new grain hauling record

The company exceeded its previous record by two percent, handling 21.8 million tonnes of grain and oilseeds in 2016-17

Canada’s largest railway company moved record volumes of western Canadian grain in the 2016-17 crop year, despite a slow start to the shipping season caused by wet weather that delayed prairie harvesting operations last fall. Canadian National Railway shipped 21.8 million tonnes of western Canadian grain and oilseeds in 2016-17, roughly two percent more than […] Read more

Extending the interswitchng radius to 160 kilometres saves shippers and farmers money.  |  File photo

Canada to keep revenue cap on rail grain shipments, farmers glad

OTTAWA, May 16 (Reuters) – The federal government said on Tuesday it planned to maintain a revenue cap on western grain that railways haul for export, a move farmers praised. Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway firms oppose the cap, formally known as the maximum revenue entitlement (MRE). It dates back to 2000 and […] Read more


In an April 19 conference call with investors, president Keith Creel acknowledged that relations with the company's unionized workers have suffered over the past few years as the company has taken steps to lower operating costs and increase efficiencies. | File photo

CP focused on smoothing ruffled feathers with employees

The top executive at Canadian Pacific Railway says he is committed to building a stronger relationship with railway employees. In an April 19 conference call with investors, president Keith Creel acknowledged that relations with the company’s unionized workers have suffered over the past few years as the company has taken steps to lower operating costs […] Read more

Transport minister Marc Garneau will introduce legislation next spring that he says will create a more transparent rail system. | File photo

Feds unveil new grain transportation strategy

OTTAWA — Transport minister Marc Garneau will introduce legislation next spring that he says will create a more transparent rail system. It will include reciprocal penalties between shippers and the railways in service level agreements and address concerns raised during consultations about the maximum revenue entitlement for grain (revenue cap) and extended interswitching. The minister […] Read more