SEPT-ILES, QUEBEC – For the first time in Canadian history an aboriginal group has taken ownership of a railway line. The IRON ORE COMPANY OF CANADA has transferred its passenger rail services between Schefferville and Sept-Iles to TSHIUETIN RAIL TRANSPORTATION CORP. TRT is owned jointly by the Nation Innu Matimekush/Lac-John, the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach and Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam.
TRT has acquired the 217-km-long Menihek branch line of the Quebec North Shore and Labrador (QNS&L) rail line. The inaugural passenger service began on Dec. 1. Freight service between Sept-Iles and Schefferville will be offered jointly by QNS&L and TRT.
Richard J. Bell, TRT general manager & COO, may be reached at 418-960-0982. A fact sheet is available at http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/factsheet.pdf and maps are posted at http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/IOC_colours.pdf.