CP orders 1,000 new grain hoppers; will buy 5,900 over four years

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CALGARY, Alberta — Canadian Pacific has ordered 1,000 new grain hoppers, the beginning of what it says will be more than $500 million in orders for 5,900 new cars to modernize its grain fleet.

The order for the first 1,000 cars, with National Steel Car of Hamilton, Ontario, is the beginning a four-year process to remove all low-capacity grain cars, including all Government of Canada cars, from the fleet, according to a CP press release. CP said the move was made possible by the passage of Canada’s Transportation Modernization Act, Act C-49.

The new three-bay car design is shorter, lighter and can carry more grain — 15 percent more by volume and 10 percent by weight — than the cars being retired, CP says, while featuring a shorter frame that will allow more cars in a train of the same length.

CP’s move follows earlier announcements by Canadian National of orders for new hoppers [See “CN to buy 1,000 new hoppers made in Canada,” Trains News Wire, May 24, 2018], as well as boxcars and centerbeam flat cars.

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