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Canadian growers move record 21.8 million metric tonnes of grain on CN network

Staff Writer |
CN announced it moved a record 21.8 million metric tonnes of Western Canadian grain during the 2016-17 crop year.

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In a year-end grain report published today, CN outlined other key highlights from the crop year, including:

- Shipping seven per cent more tonnage than the prior three-year-average

- Beating the one-year record set in 2014-15 by two per cent

- Six new monthly shipping records between the peak months of September and March when grain prices are highest

- Introduction of 200-car grain trains to improve efficiency and turn equipment back to the Prairies faster

- Expanded use of distributed power and air repeater cars to extend train length and improve train braking during extreme weather winter months.