Canadian Pacific (CP) has unveiled an 8,500-foot High Efficiency Product (HEP) train that features new Canadian-made hopper cars at the G3 Pasqua elevator near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The event was attended by G3's Senior Director Logistics Mark Dyck and Saskatchewan Minister for Highways and Infrastructure Honorable Lori Carr.
The HEP train can move approximately 44 percent more grain than the prior generation of grain train. The new hopper cars can carry 10 percent more by weight and 15 percent more volume than the older-model cars. The car frames are also 5 percent shorter than the older cars, allowing more cars to fit into a train of the same length.
G3 constructed a 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, allowing the same locomotives to launch the train once loading is complete.
"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," remarked Joan Hardy, CP's vice president 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."
"We are pleased to see CP unveil their high-capacity hopper cars,” remarked Carr. "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."
"The future of the grain supply chain is bright," added Hardy. "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."
Above photo from left to right: CP Assistant Vice President Sales and Marketing - Grain and Biofuels Murray Hamilton, General Manager G3 Terminal – Pasqua Trent Brister, Saskatchewan Minster of Highways and Infrastructure Hon. Lori Carr, CP Vice President Sales and Marketing - Grain and Fertilizers Joan Hardy, Senior Director Logistics G3 Mark Dyck, Senior Regional Manager G3 Jason Hanstock.