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August 29, 2017

Canadian growers move a record 21.8 million metric tonnes of grain on CN network

CN announced that it moved a record 21.8 million metric tonnes of Western Canadian grain during the 2016-17 crop year.

"Through innovation, collaboration and improved communication with our supply chain partners, CN moved more grain in a single crop year than ever before," said Doug MacDonald, CN vice president of bulk. "We did this by further developing our supply chain ingenuity with our partners to meet demand, resulting in improvements in the use of equipment and better than ever efficiencies in size of trains."

In its year-end grain report CN outlined other key highlights from the crop year, including:

 • Shipping seven per cent more tonnage than the prior three-year-average

 • Beating the one-year record set in 2014-15 by two per cent

 • Six new monthly shipping records between the peak months of September and March when grain prices are highest

 • Introduction of 200-car grain trains to improve efficiency and turn equipment back to the Prairies faster

 • Expanded use of distributed power and air repeater cars to extend train length and improve train braking during extreme weather winter months

CN noted that more rail capacity is needed in Vancouver to meet forecasted demand driven by new and ongoing investment in export grain terminals.

Said MacDonald: "Vancouver is a vital trade-oriented Canadian gateway and should be a top investment priority for the government's new national transportation corridor infrastructure fund."

Source: CN