Frequently Asked Questions

Boundary Trail Railway Company Inc.
Box 676, #304, Hwy #3
Manitou, MB R0G 1G0

Manager: Travis Long Email:


The following are some of the more common questions we hear, and brief responses to each. For more detailed information please contact our office, or review the information available for download from the Resources section of our website.

Q - Do I need to own shares in the Boundary Trail Railway Company to ship a producer car?

No a producer does not need to own shares in the railway to ship a car. BTRC welcomes the opportunity to ship cars for all producers in the region.

Q: How do I apply for producer cars?

BTRC can assist producers with the application process. Applications are submitted to the Canada Grain Commission who manages the allocation of producer cars. Application forms are also available for download from various sources – see the Resources section of the BTRC website for more information.

Q: How much can I save by loading a producer car?

Producers typically see cash savings of $700 - $1800 per car, depending on a variety of factors such as current elevation charges, incentives, dockages, etc. Producers can also see significant time savings due to shorter hauling distances and lack of lineups for unloading.

Q: How big are the cars?

There are a variety of cars in the fleet with load limits varying from 200,000lbs (90.7 tonnes or 3330 bushels) to 224,600lbs (102tonnes or 3740 bushels).

Q: I’ve loaded cars in the past and it was very inconvenient – I wasn’t given advance notice of a car’s arrival and usually only had a few hours to load. Is your service any different?

BTRC’s goal is to provide a convenient shipping option to producers. We are able to provide producers with one week’s notice that they have been allocated a producer car, and we plan the spotting date and time needed to load the car based on the producer’s schedules wherever possible. BTRC then remains in contact with the producer until the car’s arrival to ensure that the producer is fully informed as to delivery status.

The establishment of trackside storage and loading facilities provides a convenient option as well – producers can pre-load these facilities prior to car arrival and therefore need not worry about arrival and loading times.

Q: How long does the process take from ordering a car to receiving payment for my grain?

Depending on the time of year, producers can usually expect to receive cars 3 to 4 weeks after submitting a car application. On average, loaded cars typically arrive at port about 2 weeks after being loaded, and unloading and settlement (payment) can take another 1-2 weeks. Various factors can affect these timeframes including car availability, ship availability at port, CP train scheduling, and number of producers requesting cars in a given region.

Q: Where can I load cars?

Producers currently use auger loading sites at Binney, Manitou, and Darlingford. Four privately owned trackside storage and handling facilities are also providing service to producers on a fee for service basis – the Binney Loading Group Facility at Binney, the St. Isidore's Station in Manitou, Byway Farms elevator in Manitou, and the Boundary Loading Group facility at Darlingford.

Q: I’ve heard that CP’s delivery of cars to BTRC is unpredictable – is that true?

BTRC receives advance notification from CP of the estimated day for delivery of empties to the exchange area at Morden. Delays of one or two days can (and have) occurred, however they have not caused us any significant problems to date.


Q: Where can I download more information on producer cars?

A variety of resources are available in our LINKS and RESOURCES section.