In an outreach effort to connect with the agriculture sector, last week CN Railway took members of the agriculture industry aboard their executive train for a chance to have an open dialogue about how the two industries interact with each other. CN’s executive vice-president corporate services and chief legal officer, Sean Finn was along for… Read More

Canadian National (CN) Railway has announced it will be investing more than $245 million in Saskatchewan, through capital expenditures, hiring more train conductors, and purchasing high horsepower locomotives. CN employs roughly 1,300 people in the province, and its railroad route covers approximately 1,937 miles. “This year, CN is investing $35 million more than last year to… Read More

Fresh off of the initiation of the CPTPP trade deal, Canada’s main access to Asia is under review by the Canadian Transportation Agency.  The agency has initiated an investigation into possible freight rail service issues in the Vancouver area sparking speculation on which commodity might be involved. According to a news release, under provisions added to the Canada… Read More

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has determined  that both the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) have gone over the allowed grain revenue entitlement for the 2017-18 crop year. By the numbers, CN’s grain revenue of $788,062,078 was $1,047,285 above its entitlement, while CP’s grain revenue of $709,499,416 was $1,500,513 above its… Read More

We’re several weeks into harvest, and six weeks into the crop year, which begs the question— how is rail movement out of your area? Many farmers are already reporting slow shipments and long wait times at elevators, and watching trains moving oil tankers and not grain cars has some farmers seeing red. RealAgriculture founder Shaun… Read More

Crude oil shipments by rail in Canada are at record highs and forecast to continue climbing, as oil production has increased with no major expansion in export pipeline capacity. At the same time, executives for Canada’s two major railways say they intend to maintain rail capacity for grain. 198,788 barrels of oil per day were… Read More

CN Rail says it is moving ahead with a previously discussed plan to purchase 1,000 new grain hopper cars over the next two years following the passage of Bill C-49 in Parliament earlier this week. “This substantial investment in higher capacity payload hopper cars, with up to 10 per cent more capacity than the older… Read More

Update, as of Wednesday: Both unions have served CP Rail with 72-hour strike notice, clearing the way for a strike to begin after midnight on Saturday morning. When asked on Tuesday whether the federal government would consider back-to-work legislation, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he’s following the situation closely: “Remember that we are a party… Read More

The numbers show grain movement has started to improve in Western Canada in the last few weeks, but it’s up for debate how much credit should go to the railways for their internal actions; the government for increasing its scrutiny; or, simply the warmer temperatures and the arrival of spring. The rail backlog this winter… Read More

This has been a very challenging winter for grain shipments, to say the least. Much of the finger pointing has been directed at the railways but should more of the blame fall to more than CN and CP? It’s clear operational performance must improve, but the railways have been operating in the environment that they… Read More

Canadian National Railway has announced the sudden departure of its chief executive officer, as the railway struggles with an escalating backlog of grain and other commodities. Luc Jobin is “leaving CN effective immediately,” said a statement from the railway’s board of directors on Monday. His exit comes less than two years after he replaced Claude… Read More

Canada’s two major railways supplied less than half of the hopper cars ordered by grain shippers last week, according to data from the Ag Transport Coalition. The farm group and grain shipper coalition’s weekly report says Canadian National Railway (CN) only supplied 34 percent of cars that were ordered in week 28 of the crop… Read More

 

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