CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA — Canadian Pacific (CP) unveiled its next generation of grain transportation at the G3 Pasqua elevator near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. The 8,500-foot High Efficiency Product (HEP) train features new, and highly efficient, Canadian-made hopper cars, and can move approximately 44% more grain than the prior generation of grain train.
“A state-of-the-art loop track terminal like this is the perfect backdrop for launching our first HEP train and bringing in a new, more efficient era of moving Canada’s grain to market,” said Joan Hardy, CP’s vice-president of sales and marketing – Grain and Fertilizers. “As CP continues to take delivery of new railcars, and elevator operators expand their facilities to handle 8,500-foot trains, this HEP train will become the new gold standard — driving further efficiencies for farmers, shippers and the entire grain supply chain.”
Sharing the podium with CP at the event were Mark Dyck, G3’s senior director logistics, and the Honourable Lori Carr, Saskatchewan minister for Highways and Infrastructure.
G3 constructed its Pasqua terminal loop track to handle the 8,500-foot-long HEP trains. The fast loading loop track means CP can keep locomotives attached to the train during loading, and those same locomotives are in place to launch the train once loading is complete.
“CP’s new high-capacity hopper cars add an important link in the grain supply chain,” said Don Chapman, chief executive officer of G3. “Combined with fast, efficient loading on G3 loop track systems, these trains will accelerate the flow of grain to market, to the benefit of all our customers. G3 is proud to work in close collaboration with CP.”
According to CP, the new hopper cars that make up today’s train feature a capacity 10% greater by weight than the older-model government of Canada cars, and 15% more volume. The cars carry this extra product on a frame 5% shorter than the older cars, meaning more cars can fit into a train of the same length. The cars are part of a half-billion-dollar investment CP is making to upgrade its fleet to better and more efficiently serve farmers and the Canadian economy. By the end of this year, CP will have approximately 500 new hopper cars in service, and that number will grow to 1,000 by spring 2019. Over the next four years, CP plans to purchase a total of 5,900 new hopper cars.
“We are pleased to see CP unveil their high-capacity hopper cars,” Carr said. “CP’s investment along with G3’s investment in a long loop track will help our producers get their product to market more efficiently and in greater volume.”
CP moved 2.64 million tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in October making it CP’s biggest month ever for moving Canadian grain, breaking the record from September 2017. CP also has broken its previous record for carloads of Western Canadian grain and grain products shipped to the Port of Vancouver in a single month.
“The future of the grain supply chain is bright,” Hardy said. “With continued collaboration, a commitment to innovation, and strategic capital investment in key markets, like Saskatchewan, the grain supply chain is well positioned for continued success.”