With two days left in October, CN was already celebrating a new monthly record for grain movement.
It had already shipped more than 2.88 million tonnes, the previous record set in October of 2019, and at press time were anticipating exceeding the “previously unattainable” three-million-tonne mark.
“This unprecedented performance follows seven record months of Canadian grain movement in March, April, May, June, July, August, and September,” the company said in a media release.
The company also touted the early arrival of the first shipment of a planned 1,500 “new-generation, high-capacity” grain hoppers. CN says it’s already got the first 100 and is expecting another 500 to see service between now and the end of the year.
“These new 5,431-cubic-foot, 55-foot eight-inch jumbo grain hopper cars, can carry approximately 10 per cent more grain than older-generation cars,” the release read.
This order follows CN’s 2018 order of 1,000 grain cars which are all in service.
“This new unprecedented record is further proof of the essential role we play in the global supply chains,” said Rob Reilly, CN’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer, in the media release.
“The expedited delivery of the new hopper cars also reiterates our commitment to being ready for 2021 and beyond with additional capacity and confidence in our ability to deliver safely for our customers, the economy and the communities we serve.”