Farmers in Saskatchewan are hopeful a CN rail plan can avoid a repeat of last winter’s poor movement of grain to port.
CN has filed a formal plan to show it does have the capacity to move its share of grain to port, with more hopper cars, locomotives, workers and track capacity.
President of APAS, Todd Lewis, noted it’s a good start, but wants to take a wait and see approach on this.
“The proof is always going to be in the pudding,” stated Lewis. “At least there’s more transparency in the system.”
Lewis said they’ll see just how robust the plan is.
“The ball’s in the minister’s court now,” he noted. “CN has some numbers there, we hope they are accurate. We’ll see if they’re able to do what they’re say they’re going to do.”
CN has said they’ll be acquiring 1000 new hopper cars, 200 locomotives and hiring 12,000 locomotive conductors to expand capacity over the next couple years.