With two days left in October, CN has already exceeded the previous record of 2.88 million metric tons of Canadian grain moved set in October 2019 and is on track to exceed the previously unattained 3 MMT mark. This unprecedented performance follows seven record months of Canadian grain movement in March, April, May, June, July, August, and September.
CN has also announced that it will be receiving its first shipment of the 1,500 North American built, new generation, high-capacity, grain hopper cars, with 100 cars already received and another 500 expected to be in service between now and the end of the year. These new 5,431 cubic foot jumbo grain hopper cars can carry approximately 10 per cent more grain than older generation cars. This order follows CN’s 2018 order of 1,000 grain cars which are all in service.
Rob Reilly, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer commented “The expedited delivery of the new hopper cars reiterates our commitment to being ready for 2021 and beyond with additional capacity and confidence in our ability to deliver safely for our customers, the economy and the communities we serve.”