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Cartier

Port Cartier

Originally Quebec Cartier Mining Company was owned by United States Steel in 1958. The original isolated line of 190 miles was completed December 19, 1960 between the iron ore mine at Lac Jeannine and Port Cartier (formerly, Shelter Bay) with 132 lb. rail and CTC. Power was 9 GMD GP9's and 8 MLW RS-18's to haul 150 car trains with 5 units. 500 ore cars built by CC&F. When the original mine ran out, the line was extended in 1972 a further 86 miles north to Mont-Wright. MLW supplied 5 M636's and another 130 ore cars were added. Other units, used and new were added over the years. Quebec Cartier Mining Company was acquired by Arcelor Mittal in 2006 and became ArcelorMittal Mines Canada in January 2008.

Note: In the 1990's all C-636 and M-636 units were upgraded with GE 251 Plus kit that included microprocessor control.

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Aerial view of Mont-Wright and closeup of Fire Lake ore train. Ore will be further processed here.
Fermont, QC 7/27/2006 Rod Bushway


67 with work train at Mile 1. Three photos above and below.

 

Able siding Mile 9


76 leads 78 and another unit at Mile 1

76 meets work train at Able siding Mile 9.

Same train at Mile 21

And again at Mile 31

Meeting 86 at Charles Siding Mile 33. Two photos above and below.

 


86 leads two other units at Mile 1.

Able siding Mile 9

Mile 22

Mile 30

Mile 31

 


 

48 leads 74 and another unit through rugged country. September 23, 2001 Jack D. Kuiphoff

48 ex CN 2318 M-636 3600 HP MLW M6037-01 4/1970
One of 11 units (41- 49, 86, 87) acquired 6/1976 equipped by CN
with dynamic brakes removed from C-424 3200's and overhauled by CN .

49 with a log train southbound at MP 23 Baker, Quebec. September 18, 2001 Jack D. Kuiphoff

49 ex CN 2321 MLW M6052-02 1/1971


Railfan trip July 17-20, 2001 Dave Eagen.

M-636 83 in new paint scheme leads M-636 48 and C-636 77 with northound empties which the photographer describes as being "Amazing scenery. My favourite shot of the trip. Although my friends and I were being slowly devoured by swarming hordes of black flies!"

Three more views of this train. M-636 83 (MLW M6085-03 3/1975), M-636 48 (ex CN 2318 MLW M6037-19 8/1970) and C-636 77 (ex M-K 5403 nee ALCO 636-3)

Two views of 66 65 and 68 three MLW RS-18's leading a southbound timber train.

66 MLW 83200 1/1960, 65 83199 1/1960 and 68 83229 3/1960

68, 65 and 66 These late model RS-18's came with factory built low noses.

84 (MLW 636 M6085-04 3/1975) leads two other units at Port Cartier.

Two views of 63 (MLW RS-18 83197 11/1959) with passenger train near Able siding.

 


Three brand new units led by 27 on their first run. Part of 12 unit order (18-29) AC4400CW 53397 6/2002
MacDonald Hill, QC 7/22/2002

29 southbound south of Charles near Port Cartier. July 18, 2005

DM&IR 909 (ex UP 2909 1/1974) 5/1976 became Cartier 39. One of 10 units acquired 4/1974 and 5/1976.
Proctor, Minnesota August 1974 Jeremy Plant

 

Note: Captions and credits are missing for some of the following photos.

 

M-636 41 one of 11 units acquired in 1976 (ex CN 2300) leads two other units on a long train.

41 running through rugged scenery.

42 acq. 1976 (ex CN 2301) M-636 MLW M6037-02 4/1970) 8/17/1995 Patrick De Larue

42 leads 85 and another unit with empties for Mont Wright. September 16, 1998 Rolf Stumpf

47 leads train at Mont Wright mine. June 23, 2001

51 (ex 1) Late model GP9 built low nose. 51-59 nine units. GMD A1814 5/1960

55 (ex 5) GMD A1818 5/1960

 

64 (ex 104) one of 8 (101-108) MLW DL-718B RS-18's all built with low nose. 83198 1/1960

 

67 with passenger train.

74 first of three units (second order 6-axle units) M-636 weight 372,000 MLW M6072-01 10/1973
Less than a year old. Port Cartier August 1974.

79 acq./1973 (ex M-K 5401, nee Alco 636-1) C-636 Alco 6008-3 11/1968

91 (ex B&LE 881 nee DM&IR 50) Alco RSD-15 DL600B 81756 3/1959.
First of six units (91-96) acquired 6/1972. Weight 193 tons.

92 acq. 6/1972 (ex B&LE 882, nee DM&IR 51) Alco RSD-15 DL600B 81757 3/1959.

93 acq. 6/1972 (ex B&LE 885 nee DM&IR 52) Alco RSD-15 DL600B 81760 4/1959.

Fantastic scene! 75, 43 and 74 crossing the MacDonald River near Charles, Que. August 1999. Jeff Robertson

Nice rear angle of 83 at Port Cartier. September 17, 1998 Rolf Stumpf


M-636 86 (acq. 1976) ex CN 2331 M6052-11 2/1971 leads in two views.

 

67 leads another unit and empty bulkhead flat cars at Tunnel 1. 6/04/2002 Mike Harting/Joseph Testagrose

76 leads two other units at Mile 20.8. 6/04/2002 Mike Harting/Joseph Testagrose

 


Subsequent owners

 

Still in Cartier paint scheme and with 102 along to protect 108 recently acquired.
GMD A1822 5/1960 and A2019 8/1963 ex ACR 172. (below)

This was the very last GP9 built in North America, long after production ended. GMD A2019 8/1963
Note the GP20 style frame and fuel tanks on this and 171. Steelton, May 27, 1974. Ted Ellis

108 acq. 11/1989 (ex Cartier 59) Built as low nose. GP9 GMD A1822 5/1960 Windsor 5/13/2000

 

77 and 78 along with other units on board a ship after sale. 12/05/2002

Cheaper by the dozen! Here are all eight units at new location. Two photos Cohocton, NY 7/29/2003

78 ( acq. 9/1973) ex MK 5402 nee ALCO 636-2) Alco 6008-02 11/1968
Note: All three ALCO demonstrator units were acquired from Morrison-Knudson. .
After sale of 8 units (41, 43, 45, 47, 75, 77, 78, 85.) at Cohocton, NY 2003 Brent van Dorp


Western New York and Pennsylvania

All Alco/MLW power! WNY&P shop Olean, New York 9/30/2016

Right track: 685 (ex 85)_643 (ex 43 nee CN 2302)_637 (ex 47 nee CN 2312)_638 (ex 75). All M-636
Next track: 630 (ex CP 4500 C630M) RRPX 41 (see below, also: 638_643)
Left of sand tower: 431 (C-430) Far left: 406 RS-3m. 9/30/2016

Office building. On shop track: 685_643_637_638 all MLW M-636.
Shop in background. 9/30/2016

RRPX 41 (ex 41 nee CN 2300) M-636 MLW M6037-01 4/1970
WNYP 630 behind. 9/30/2016

638 (ex NYS&W_3672, SIXX_75_nee 75) M-636 MLW M6072-02 10/1973 9/30/2016

643 (ex RRPX 43, NYSW 3670, Cartier 43, nee CN 2302) M-636 MLW M6037-03 4/1970 9/30/2016


 

WNY&P 685 (ex Cartier 85) M-636 3600 HP 200 ton MLW M6085-05 3/1975 part of 5 unit order 81-85.
Port Allegany, PA February 1, 2016 Robert Jordan

636 (ex NYSW_3666, ex Cartier 45 nee CN 2304) M-636 MLW M6037-05 6/1970
DFT_02 stopping to set off 5 sand hoppers. Port Allegany, NY 12/02/2008
Note: 631 trailing unit see below.

631 (ex MNNR_73 nee CP 4573) M-630 MLW M6030-08 10/1969 Portville, NY 12/17/2008
DFT heading south. Note 636 trailing unit see above.


 

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