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Nov 28, 2017 | 18:19 1 Sounds like CN is starting to fall behind more and more. Local elevator has had loaded cars sitting on there siding for 2 weeks. And are unsure of pick up date. Reply With Quote
Nov 28, 2017 | 18:21 2 CN has cancelled the last 3 trains to a location we are contracted to. They tell us that this close to Christmas CN is now a write off. Reply With Quote
farmaholic's Avatar Nov 28, 2017 | 18:25 3 Mandate open running rights?

Fucken Hunter Harrison hang-over? Reply With Quote
Nov 28, 2017 | 18:47 4 Same as my local location. My local elevator is not booking until March/April now for new tonnes. Due to rail service. Could be a long winter for elevator guys. And farmers also. Reply With Quote
SASKFARMER3's Avatar Nov 28, 2017 | 18:56 5 So far so good no issues Reply With Quote
Nov 28, 2017 | 19:01 6 SKF3 your locations CN or CP? Reply With Quote
SASKFARMER3's Avatar Nov 28, 2017 | 19:16 7 CN main east sask Reply With Quote
Blaithin's Avatar Nov 28, 2017 | 19:26 8 CP has been ok in this area. Gradually pulling their pants up.

Generally do around Christmas though. Holidays seems to be the only time they’re willing to move lots of grain. Reply With Quote
Nov 28, 2017 | 19:47 9 I'am on CN mainline West Central,SK Reply With Quote
Nov 28, 2017 | 20:27 10 Is it t rail , or line company b/S ?
They all like to point fingers at rail , and yes they may be right , but sometimes their sales incompetence hinders rail as well . Reply With Quote
Nov 28, 2017 | 20:33 11 There is a lot of ground to make up between the pit and landed grain in a far off country . As seen with peas , politics and foreign buyers can be more than detrimental to grain sales not working out.
It’s the shit that gets passed on that farmers must walk through at the end of the day.
Sucks but no one will support us at all, it’s finger pointing and the federal government ittoo busy crying over spilt milk ... literally 😭 Reply With Quote
Nov 29, 2017 | 07:12 12 CN mainline in west central sask. is really behind. Doesn't seem to matter which company you are delivering to, they are all falling further behind. Rosetown on a branch line is doing fine. Seeing more oil trains again tho not what they were 5 years ago. Reply With Quote
SASKFARMER3's Avatar Nov 29, 2017 | 08:00 13 Has it something to do with Protein and Grain Quality. If a area has lots of 11 then probably shitty service. Reply With Quote
Nov 29, 2017 | 08:04 14 Pretty sure both CN and CP are behind the 8 ball right now.

December and January are pretty notorious for low shipping.

Sometimes its on the grain company, sometimes its on the railway, and sometimes its on the port.

Lots of moving pieces and opportunities for delays. Reply With Quote
Nov 29, 2017 | 08:20 15 Will the railways get their fingers slapped with minimal fines due to a lack of performance?

Always lots of excuses but the weather has been nicer than average so that can't be a used for CN. Reply With Quote
Nov 29, 2017 | 08:46 16 Been hearing some heavy rains on the west coast causing delays. Likely not 100% of the problem but probably not helping. Reply With Quote
Nov 29, 2017 | 08:52 17 Was also told the rains on the coast are having an effect on loading ships. Reply With Quote
Nov 29, 2017 | 09:20 18 Goes to prove a point that on farm storage doesn't get the grain in position any quicker...

On farm storage is at 70 million tonnes and the commercial system barely a tenth of that....


Infrastructure has to ramped up commercially and at the port.....

Otherwise keep looking for excuses. ...

They could build a large facility just inland in BC and then run shuttles when the weather is shitty. ...it would get grain off the prairies and in better position....

And then dedicate loading facilities to commodity not company....the grain cos can even their stocks on paper..... Reply With Quote
Nov 29, 2017 | 09:57 19
Quote Originally Posted by mcfarms View Post
Was also told the rains on the coast are having an effect on loading ships.
Rain doesn't stop unloading of rail cars. Ports aren't plugged. Rain/snow in mountains maybe an issue. Reply With Quote
Nov 29, 2017 | 10:08 20 Both port capacity and elevator storage are being overbuilt.

G3's new port plus all the new Grain Corp and G3 elevators will create a over supply of storage in Canada.

Especially with us crushing as much canola as we have been in the last few years.

Hint that's good for farmers.

Will likely see more railcars just to keep up demand at port. Will still have issues but more cars and more port space should help. Reply With Quote
Nov 29, 2017 | 18:26 21
Quote Originally Posted by Kinger View Post
Both port capacity and elevator storage are being overbuilt.

G3's new port plus all the new Grain Corp and G3 elevators will create a over supply of storage in Canada.

Especially with us crushing as much canola as we have been in the last few years.

Hint that's good for farmers.

Will likely see more railcars just to keep up demand at port. Will still have issues but more cars and more port space should help.
average prairie yields increasing, and some older high thoroughput elevators with limited siding capacity will be closed. New elevators will continue to be built in my opinion. Reply With Quote