Canadian railways aim to boost grain movement
By Top Crop Manager
Feb. 24, 2014 - Canada's two big railways are ramping up to provide thousands more cars per week to transport grain to ports, according to a story by Reuters. Government officials say the railways are aiming to work through a backlog of orders after last year's record harvest.
But Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz warned that he is considering all options, including new rail regulations, to smooth the flow of grain. Ritz, who met Feb. 24 with the railways and grain companies, said grain companies told him they can best run with service of 13,000 rail cars per week, nearly three times what railways currently provide.
Record Canadian crops of wheat and canola, along with frigid weather, have overwhelmed Canadian National Railway Co and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd, resulting in a backlog of orders for tens of thousands of grain cars.
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