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The Canadian Wheat Board (1/1973-present)

Background

During the early 1970s a major shortage of grain cars developed in Canada. Railways were reluctant to invest in new cars given the artificially low rate for moving grain in Canada, and as a result the Canadian government stepped in to provide the desperately-needed grain cars under the mantle of the Canadian Wheat Board. CNWX cars were assigned to service on the Canadian National, CPWX were assigned to the Canadian Pacific, and they rarely wander from their assigned road. All three major Canadian builders were involved in building a fairly standardized 100-ton cylindrical car which has become synonymous with Canadian grain movements. A slightly smaller 70-ton aluminum version (4100 cu. ft. vs 4550 cu. ft.) was also constructed during the mid-1970s for service on lightly-railed Canadian National lines — both for the prairie branch lines and for the line to Churchill. CNWX/CPWX reporting marks were added in 1/1973, and EFCX reporting marks were added in 7/2013, with no cars listed, however by 1/2014 some cars had been transferred, apparently from CPWX.

The Canadian Wheat Board has now transferred ownership of most of their cars, notably:

Between 2001 and 2004 the Carleton Trail received 242 cars under their CTRW reporting mark, but most of those cars were subsequently transferred to new ownership in 2006, with only 22 cars remaining on the CTRW.

CN began to list all of the CNWX cars under CN reporting marks in the 4/2003 ORER, and has begun a program (still ongoing) to transfer these cars to CN reporting marks. The 106000-108999 series aluminum cars were last listed under CN reporting marks in 10/2007, and apparently the decision has been made to scrap them instead. CN has also reported some cars under subsidiary reporting marks: the NAR reports the ALNX cars, although it continues to be uncertain that any cars have actually been transferred, and the DW&P reports 191 cars under DWC reporting marks since 1/2006 (which may include the former CTRW cars).

CP has also reported the former CPWX cars under CP numbers since the 1/2003 ORER, but again has not specified how many cars have actually been renumbered. Briefly the former ALPX/SKPX numbers were also reported, but were quickly removed from the listings. In 7/2006 CP created the 392000-392048 series, which contains cars obviously of CNWX/CPWX origin.

Data has been taken from the following ORERs (MM/YY): 1/1973-1/2013, 7/2013-10/2014 & 4/2015-4/2016.

CNWX

Number

AAR

Description

#Blt

In-Svc. Dates

IL

IH

Dr.

Cu.Ft.

Bldr.

Blt. Dates

Notes

100000-100499

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

500

1/1973-7/2014

47.11

 

4550

MIL

12/72-3/73

Stl. re#CN 100002-100499 /03+.

100500-100925

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

426

1/1973-4/2014

47.11

 

4550

NSC

11/72-2/73

Stl. re#CN 100501-100925 /03+.

100926-101185

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

260

1/1977-in svc.

47.11

 

4550

MIL

10-11/76

Stl. re#CN 100926-101184 /03+.

101186-101285

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

113

10/1977-10/2008

47.11

 

4550

HST

10/77

Stl. re#CN 101186-101285 /03-/08.

101286-101299

"

"

"

1/1982-10/2008

"

 

"

MIL

9/81

Stl. re#CN 101286-101299 /03-/08.

106000-107599

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1600

10/1975-1/2016

46.0

 

4100

NSC

9/75-8/76

Alum. 1 re#108998? /93, 1 re#108999? /93, re#CN 106001-107599 /03+ (assigned only?).

107600-108423

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

824

7/1977-1/2016

46.0

 

4100

NSC

7-12/77

Alum. re#CN 107600-108423 /03+ (assigned only?).

108998

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1

10/1993-1/2008

59.1*

 

4100

NSC?

9/75-8/76?

Alum. x106000-107599 series? /93, re#CN 108998 /03+ (assigned only?).

108999

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1

7/1993-7/2008

59.1*

 

4100

NSC?

9/75-8/76?

Alum. x106000-107599 series? /93, re#CN 108999 /03+ (assigned only?).

109000-109449

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

553

10/1982-10/2012

47.11

 

4550

HST

8-10/82

Stl. re#CN 109000-109449 /03+.

109450-109552

"

"

"

10/1982-10/2012

"

 

"

MIL

10-11/82

Stl. re#CN 109450-109552 /03+.

109554-109898

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

776

10/1983-10/2012

47.11

 

4550

HST

8-10/83

Stl. re#CN 109554-109898 /03+.

109899-110316

"

"

"

10/1983-10/2012

"

 

"

NSC

8-11/83

Stl. re#CN 109899-110316 /03+.

110317-110329

"

"

"

10/1983-10/2012

"

 

"

MIL

/83-1/84

Stl. re#CN 110317-110329 /03+.

110330-110393

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

64

1/1985-4/2014

47.11

 

4550

HST

9/84

Stl. re#CN 110330-110393 /03+.

110394

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1

10/1985-10/2007

47.11

 

4550

HST

/85

Stl. re#CN 110394 /03+.

110395-110686

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

292

1/1985-4/2014

47.11

 

4550

HST

10/84

Stl. re#CN 110395-110686 /03+.

110687

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

83

4/1985-4/2014

47.11

 

4550

HST

/84-/85

Stl. re#CN 110687 /03+.

110688-110768

"

"

"

1/1985-4/2014

"

 

"

HST

/84-/85

Stl. re#CN 110688-110768 /03+.

110769

"

"

"

4/1985-4/2014

"

 

"

HST

/84-/85

Stl. re#CN 110769 /03+.

110770-110873

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

104

1/1985-10/2009

47.11

 

4550

HST

1/85

Stl. re#CN 110770-110873 /03+.

110874-110929

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

56

4/1985-7/2009

47.11

 

4550

HST

1/85

Stl. re#CN 110874-110929 /03+.

110930-110943

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

14

1/1985-10/2008

47.11

 

4550

HST

/84-/85

Stl. re#CN 110930-110943 /03-/08.

110944-110946

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

3

4/1985-10/2008

47.11

 

4550

HST

/84-/85

Stl. re#CN 110944-110945 /03-/08.

110947-111000

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

54

1/1985-7/2009

47.11

 

4550

HST

11/84

Stl. re#CN 110947-111000 /03+.

111001-111029

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

29

4/1985-7/2009

47.11

 

4550

HST

11/84

Stl. re#CN 111001-111029 /03+.

111030-111047

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

18

1/1985-7/2009

47.11

 

4550

HST

11/84

Stl. re#CN 111030-111047 /03+.

111048

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1

4/1985-1/2008

47.11

 

4550

HST

/84-/85

Stl. re#CN 111048 /03+.

111049

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1

1/1985-4/1986

47.11

 

4550

?

?

Stl.

111050-111051

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

2

4/1985-7/2009

47.11

 

4550

HST

12/84

Stl. re#CN 111050-111051 /03+.

111052-111056

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

5

1/1985-7/2009

47.11

 

4550

HST

12/84

Stl. re#CN 111052-111056 /03+.

111057-111060

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

4

4/1985-7/2009

47.11

 

4550

HST

12/84

Stl. re#CN 111057-111060 /03+.

111061

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1

1/1985-7/2009

47.11

 

4550

HST

12/84

Stl. re#CN 111061 /03+.

111062-111189

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

128

4/1985-7/2009

47.11

 

4550

HST

12/84

Stl. re#CN 111062-111089 /03+.

111190-111519

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

330

4/1985-4/2014

47.11

 

4550

NSC

12/84-2/85

Stl. re#CN 111190-111519 /03+.

111520-111643

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

124

10/1985-10/2012

47.11

 

4550

MIL

8/85

Stl. re#CN 111520-111643 /03+.

111644-111868

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

225

1/1986-4/2014

47.11

 

4550

MIL

9-10/85

Stl. re#CN 111644-111868 /03+.

111869-111877

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

9

4/1985-10/2008

47.11

 

4550

NSC

2/85

Stl. re#CN 111869-111877 /03-/08.

111878-111929

LO

Cov. Hopper

52

10/1994-7/2009

59.0*

 

4550

NSC

8/94

Stl. re#CN 111878-111929 /03+.

111930-111960

LO

Cov. Hopper

30

10/1995-10/2008

59.0*

 

4550

NSC

8-9/94

Stl. re#CN 111930-111960 /03-/08.

112000-112026

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

27

4/1990-4/2014

47.11

 

4550

HST

11/72-1/73

Stl. xCPWX 600000-601073 series /90, re#CN 112000-112026 /03+.

112500-112645

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

146

4/1990-4/2014

47.11

 

4550

HST

11/72-1/73

Stl. xCPWX 600000-601073 series /90, re#CN 112500-112645 /03+.

395000-395999

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1000

1/1980-10/2012

47.11

 

4550

NSC

10/79-2/80

Stl. re#CN 395000-395999 /03+.

396000-396799

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

800

1/1980-7/2012

47.11

 

4550

HST

10/79-1/80

Stl. re#CN 396000-396799 /03+.

396800-396999

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

200

1/1981-7/2012

47.11

 

4550

MIL

2/80

Stl. re#CN 396800-396999 /03+.

CPWX

Number

AAR

Description

#Blt

In-Svc. Dates

IL

IH

Dr.

Cu.Ft.

Bldr.

Blt. Dates

Notes

60

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1

7/2000-10/2001

59.0*

 

4550

?

?

Stl.

600000-600699

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1062

1/1973-10/2012

47.11

 

4550

HST

10/72-2/73

Stl. some re# CNWX 112000-112026 series & 112500-112645 series /90, some ret.? /98-/00, re#CP 600000-600699 /02+.

600700-601073

"

"

"

1/1973-10/2012

"

 

"

NSC

11/72-1/73

Stl. some re# CNWX 112000-112026 series & 112500-112645 series /90, some ret.? /98-/00, re#CP 600700-601073 /02+.

601074-602473

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

2152

4/1977-10/2012

47.11

 

4550

HST

3-11/76

Stl. re#CP 601074-602473 /02+.

602474-603213

"

"

"

7/1976-1/2013

"

 

"

MIL

5-11/76

Stl. re#CP 602474-603213 /02+.

603214-603225

"

"

"

4/1977-1/2013

"

 

"

HST

11/76

Stl. re#CP 603214-603225 /02+.

603226-603713

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

5382

7/1977-4/2015

47.11

 

4550

MIL

5-9/77

Stl. re#CP 603226-603713 /02+.

603714-604301

"

"

"

7/1977-4/2015

"

 

"

HST

7-9/77

Stl. re#CP 603714-604301 /02+.

604302-605301

"

"

"

7/1980-4/2015

"

 

"

HST

4/80-2/81

Stl. re#CP 604302-605301 /02+.

605302-606301

"

"

"

7/1981-4/2015

"

 

"

NSC

9-11/80

Stl. some 605302-605551 series cars re#CTRW 605302-605551 & CP 392000-392049 (via CTRW numbers), re#CP 605302-606301 /02+.

606302-606318

"

"

"

10/1981-4/2015

"

 

"

MIL

9/81

Stl. re#CP 606302-606318 /02+.

606319-606818

"

"

"

1/1983-4/2015

"

 

"

NSC

8-10/82

Stl. re#CP 606319-606818 /02+.

606819-607045

"

"

"

1/1983-4/2015

"

 

"

MIL

8-10/82

Stl. re#CP 606819-607045 /02+.

607046-607110

"

"

"

7/1983-4/2015

"

 

"

NSC

8/83

Stl. re#CP 606046-607110 /02+.

607111-607616

"

"

"

7/1983-4/2015

"

 

"

MIL

9/83-1/84

Stl. re#CP 607111-607616 /02+.

607617-607662

"

"

"

7/1983-4/2015

"

 

"

NSC

9-12/84

Stl. re#CP 607617-607662 /02+.

607663-607666

"

"

"

10/1983-4/2015

"

 

"

?

?

Stl. re#CP 607663-607666 /02+.

607667-608320

"

"

"

1/1985-4/2015

"

 

"

NSC

8-12/84

Stl. re#CP 607667-608320 /02+.

608321-608591

"

"

"

7/1985-4/2015

"

 

"

MIL

10/85-1/86

Stl. re#CP 608321-608591 /02+.

608592-608607

"

"

"

1/1995-4/2015

"

 

"

NSC

9/94

Stl. re#CP 608592-608607 /02+.

(*note: the exact group breakdown of CPWX cars is a little uncertain)

EFCX

Number

AAR

Description

#Blt

In-Svc. Dates

IL

IH

Dr.

Cu.Ft.

Bldr.

Blt. Dates

Notes

604303

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1

7/2014-in svc.

59.0*

 

 

4550

HST

4/80-2/81

Stl. xCPWX 604303?

604309-604312

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

3

10/2014-in svc.

59.0*

 

 

4550

HST

4/80-2/81

Stl. xCPWX 604309-604312?

604314-604328

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

5

4/2014-in svc.

59.0*

 

 

4550

HST

4/80-2/81

Stl. xCPWX 604314-604328?

604329

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1

10/2014-in svc.

59.0*

 

 

4550

HST

4/80-2/81

Stl. xCPWX 604309-604329?

604330-606151

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

405

10/2013-in svc.

59.0*

 

4550

HST?
NSC?
NSC?

4/80-2/81?
9/80?
8-12/80?

Stl. xCPWX 604330-606151?

606164-606167

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

2

10/2014-in svc.

59.0*

 

 

4550

NSC

9-11/80

Stl. xCPWX 606164-606167?

606171-606180

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

7

7/2014-in svc.

59.0*

 

 

4550

NSC

9-11/80

Stl. xCPWX 606171-606180?

606182

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1

10/2014-in svc.

59.0*

 

 

4550

NSC

9-11/80

Stl. xCPWX 606182?

606186

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1

4/2014-in svc.

59.0*

 

 

4550

NSC

9-11/80

Stl. xCPWX 606186?

606187-606195

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

3

7/2014-in svc.

59.0*

 

 

4550

NSC

9-11/80

Stl. xCPWX 606187-606195?

606203

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1

10/2014-in svc.

59.0*

 

 

4550

NSC

9-11/80

Stl. xCPWX 606203?

606209

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

1

1/2014-in svc.

59.0*

 

4550

NSC?

12/80?

Stl. xCPWX 606290?

606211-606212

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

2

4/2016-in svc.

59.0*

 

4550

NSC?

12/80?

Stl. xCPWX 606211-606212?

606214-606301

LO

Cyl. Cov. Hopper

18

4/2014-in svc.

59.0*

 

 

4550

NSC

9-11/80

Stl. xCPWX 606214-606301?

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