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CN touts best grain month ever

Record comes as company prepares to receive new grain hopper cars sooner than planned

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

Winter performance will be make-or-break for Canada’s grain industry.

Will the gusher of grain movement continue this winter?

Shipping records have shattered but the big test comes when the snow flies and temperatures drop

Glacier FarmMedia – The grain transportation system has been ‘pounding it,’ with monthly records falling like flies through spring, summer and even into harvest. So will it continue? That will depend on sales and demand from other sectors that ship by rail, say experts. “We’ve done very well in the aftermath of everything that’s happened


CN says it’s set with a strong winter program and the resources to deliver, raising the possibility grain shipments could set a new all-time record three crop years in a row.

Grain-shipping three-peat possible

Western Canada could ship another record amount of grain this crop year but it’s going to take good management and good luck

While the 2020-21 crop year is young, when it ends next July 31 it’s possible western Canadian grain shipping will have set another record — the third in a row. A three-peat requires a big crop, rail capacity, good management and luck, but it’s off to an unprecedented start, says Canada’s grain monitor, Mark Hemmes,

As COVID has caused the global economy to grind to a halt, grain was in demand and rail capacity was suddenly freed up.

Record grain movement expected as crop year ends July 31

While COVID-19 is causing much misery, it’s also credited with a big surge in grain shipping since March

If you’re looking for a silver lining in the massive COVID storm cloud, look no further than grain movement out of Western Canada. COVID-19 has killed almost 9,000 Canadians, sickened thousands more and devastated Canada’s economy — and helped Canada move what’s expected to be a record amount of grain when the crop year ends

CN invests $105 million in Manitoba capital projects

CN Rail will invest $105 million in capital spending in Manitoba in 2020, Sean Finn, CN’s executive vice-president of corporate services and chief legal officer, said in an interview July 15. About half the money will be used for maintenance, including rail and tie replacement, bridges, level crossings, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructure.


Record grain movement in May

Another month, another record

Canada’s two major railways moved a record amount of grain in May. For CN Rail May marked the third monthly record in a row having shipped 2.5 million tonnes of grain up from 2.4 million in May 2014, it said in a news release June 1. CP Rail moved 2.8 million tonnes of grain in May, beating its previous record set in May


Even as railways set shipping records, year-end carry-over continues to grow.

Grain shipping. It’s a good news-bad news story

The grain-handling system keeps setting records, even as carry-out keeps rising

[UPDATED: June 5, 2020] Despite major setbacks earlier in the shipping season and COVID-19, Canada’s railways are setting grain shipping records. *Year-to-date movement to Vancouver, Prince Rupert and Thunder Bay is two per cent ahead of last crop year’s (2018-19) pace, which ended with a record of 34.9 million tonnes shipped. Total shipments to all


COVID-19 hasn’t derailed Canadian grain shipping – yet

So far so good. That’s how Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association, describes the impact COVID-19 has had on the grain supply chain. “We continue to monitor things,” he said in an interview May 6. “There could come a time when something occurs that puts us in the same boat as

Grain trains have been running fast and furious as CN Rail has made up for lost time.

CN ships record grain volume in March

The rail backlog from landslides, strike and blockades has been made up despite all odds

CN Rail is on a roll. The company shipped a record 2.65 million tonnes of grain in March, surpassing the previous 2017 record of 2.47 million tonnes by seven per cent. It’s due to a combination of increased capacity through capital investments, good weather and reduced oil and potash traffic, although lumber and container traffic