Technical Study of the Tshiuetin Railway

Technical Study of the Tshiuetin Railway

Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. (TRT) is a public carrier that operates an aboriginal-owned regional railway that stretches 124 miles (200 kilometres) through the wilderness of western Labrador and northern Quebec.

Transportation on the track includes passenger, freight and mineral trains. Its railway network connects remote communities and iron ore mines to the main deep-water ports of the Quebec North Shore.

In May 2017, Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. mandated SYSTRA Canada (formerly CANARAIL) to evaluate the transportation capacity and the railway safety.


SYSTRA Canada’s mandate consisted in:

  • Track inspection totaling 124 miles in length, from Emeril Junction to Schefferville;
  • Analysis of structures and track components, as well as study of works to be performed in the next 5 to 10 years;
  • Analysis of standard conditions required for category 3 passenger transportation;
  • Preparation of a detailed report showing the works to be performed in order to increase railway capacity to safely transport up to 10 million tonnes of iron ore per year;
  • Analysis and recommendations for the upgrade of railway structures and speed increase of trains to meet category 3 track criteria in order to allow requested volume of traffic;
  • Railway inspection, in collaboration with TRT’s representative, to validate works to be performed as recommended in the study report.

Please refer to this article published by The New York Times for more information about the Tshiuetin Railway.

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