Canadian National breaks grain tonnage record during 2016-2017 harvest

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MONTREAL — Canadian National moved more grain than ever during the 2016-2017 harvest. During the most recent crop season, CN transported a record 21.8 million tons of western Canada grain. The tonnage beats the 2014-2015 record by 2 percent, according to a railroad news release.

To accommodate the harvest demands, the railroad has made a few operational changes including the introduction of 200-car grain trains and the expanded use of distributed power units and air repeater cars that help extend train length while still maintaining communication with the locomotives.

As a result, the railroad is shipping 7 percent more tonnage than the prior three-year average.

Going forward, there are more investments planned for the agricultural business, too. Grain companies are currently constructing nine new elevators and another seven will be completed in the next 18 months. The railroad is also evaluating the need for more rail capacity at its Vancouver, British Columbia, facility to meet forecasted demand by new and expanded export grain terminals.

Going into the upcoming crop season, the railroad says it looks forward to working with its supply chain partners and using every opportunity to bring more efficiency to its grain business.

See the news release online.

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