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QCM's railroad is operating under the juridiction of Transport Quebec and is not submited to the Canadian railway operating rules.

The Cartier Railway Company, a Québec Cartier Mining subsidiary, links the mine to the port with 260 miles of track from Northeastern Québec interior to tidewater. Its southern terminal is in Port-Cartier on the North coast of the St-Lawrence river. With 20 locomotives and some 1200 cars, the railway is able to haul up to 146,000 carloads of ore year round.

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Cartier's GE AC4400  are powering ore trains from Fermont to Port-Cartier. ©  Jim Redmond

QCM's mainline was constructed in 1960. In the beginning, the railroad was hauling its ore trains with EMD's GP9.  A couple of ALCO's were also on the roster. Later, more ALCO's were purchased to replace the GP9's. Cartier Railway's last ALCO powered ore train finished its run at 03:30 on October 16th, 2002.

GE AC's are now leading everything except the passenger and EP brake trains.

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