GFM Network News


Both CN and CP Rail plan to buy thousands of new, more efficient hopper cars in the next few years.

Province ‘assessing’ its hopper car fleet

The province is “currently assessing policy options” for its fleet of hopper cars, says an analyst with Alberta Agriculture. In the early ’80s, Alberta and Saskatchewan each purchased 1,000 hopper cars to supplement the fleet of 13,300 owned by the federal government, noted Chuanliang Su. Read more: Railways say they’re ready for large shipping season […] Read more

Farm leaders ‘cautiously optimistic’ about transport bill

Ottawa’s new ‘transportation modernization’ bill addresses 
key concerns raised during 2013 rail crisis, but has gaps

Anew national transportation bill could leave a major gap in grain movement during the 2017 harvest — particularly in areas captive to one railway, say Alberta farm leaders. “Between Aug. 1 and when this new bill comes into effect, there’s a period where there might be a hole in performance,” said Alberta Canola director Renn […] Read more