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Editor’s Take: Rubber, meet road

In recent years the country’s two major railways have all but dislocated their metaphorical shoulders patting themselves on the back. They’re rightly very proud of record grain movement year after year, and have pointed to major investments in infrastructure, equipment and personnel as key to that success. And to be clear, both CN and CP

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CN, CP railways break grain shipping records 

MarketsFarm – It was a record-breaking year for both of Canada’s two major freight railways. In separate news releases to the public on August 3, both Canadian National Railway (CN Rail) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP Rail) reported a record amount of grain moved during the 2020-21 crop year. For the first time ever, both


The proposed deal would create the first rail network spanning Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

Continental rail deal seen boosting farm sales

Canadian Pacific buyout of Kansas City Southern rail will create first Canada-U.S.-Mexico network

Reuters – Canadian Pacific’s US$25-billion deal to buy Kansas City Southern will create a rail network from Canada to Mexico that farm groups say could smooth the flow of their goods to market. The deal, subject to approval by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, would combine CP’s cross-Canada network, which stretches as far south as Kansas City,

Railways overshoot grain revenue limits for the last crop year

Railways overshoot grain revenue limits for the last crop year

Canada’s two big railways will pay $5.6 million for exceeding the maximum revenue cap for hauling Prairie grain. CN Rail and CP Rail overshot their maximum revenue entitlements (MREs) for the year by $3,170,615 and $2,170,010 respectively, the Canadian Transportation Agency ruled last month. The overages, plus a five per cent penalty, are payable to the Western

The great grain transportation turnaround

The great grain transportation turnaround

From bad to best, Western Canada’s grain-handling and transportation system has made huge improvements in the last 25 years

Twenty-five years ago critics claimed Western Canada had one of the worst grain-handling and transportation systems in the developed world. Yet today it’s among the best, says Canada’s grain monitor Mark Hemmes. Far from perfect, and still vulnerable to costly disruptions, including right now, the system from farm gate to terminal spout has been revamped


Railway performance didn’t change much in 2018-19 compared to the previous crop year, says Mark Hemmes, Canada’s grain monitor. Nevertheless the railways shipped a record volume of grain.

Another year, another round of broken grain transport records

Western grain movement, export records set in 2018-19 crop year

The 2018-19 crop year, ended July 31, was record setting for Western Canada’s grain-handling and transportation system. While industry officials are pleased, they agree the system needs to move even more because farmers keep producing more. “At the rate we are going today… by the time we get to 2030 we’re going to be looking

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Crop year ends with grain export record

Both major railways have announced record grain shipments, and with a more than a week left in the crop year, total Canadian grain exports had already topped last year’s record. The Canadian Grain Commission reports that as of July 21, with 10 days left in the 2018-19 crop year, total exports of Canadian grain had

Grain shippers worry trains like these will displace hopper cars, especially in light of an Alberta government program to buy oil cars.

Grain shippers wary of railways’ crude oil plans

Officials from both CN and CP Rail say increasing oil traffic will not hurt their grain service

Western grain shippers are watching closely to ensure their rail service doesn’t decline as oil shipments increase. “We would be concerned if either railway were to reduce grain capacity in favour of crude oil,” Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association said in an interview Dec. 5. “Regardless of what the needs


Performances by musicians Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott from a travelling stage car kept the audience warm.

PHOTOS: Holiday train rolls through Manitoba

The CP Holiday Train is celebrating its 20th season this year, and stops in Whitemouth, Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Carberry, Brandon and Virden between Dec. 3 and 5. Dec. 4 the rolling party was in Brandon and photographer Sandy Black stopped by to capture a few images. There was a half-hour musical performance and local

Canadian Pacific is promising slow and steady growth in its grain-hauling capacity.

CP’s new grain VP walked in grain shippers’ shoes

Joan Hardy was in charge of grain transportation at Richardson International before becoming a senior railway executive

Joan Hardy knows how vital reliable rail service is to grain shippers because she’s been one. Hardy, who became CP Rail’s vice-president of sales and marketing for grain and fertilizer April 1, was for 12 years before that Richardson International’s vice-president of transportation. Before that she worked 21 years for CN Rail, in various roles,