ALCos + MLWs of Quebec Cartier Mining (Cartier Railway)

Rebuilt QCM 83 leads C636 no. 77 and an M636 with empties at the Able road crossing, June 5th, 2000. The engineer's front window is enlarged for better visibility.

Nick Slocombe Photo

Quebec Cartier Mining still relies partly on it's sizeable MLW and ALCo fleet. The railway operates ore trains between Mont Wright and Port Cartier (Province Quebec) and log trains.

In 1999 there were one C630, three C636, 21 M636 and seven RS18's on the QCM roster. The C-620 #34 only served as a backup unit at Mont Wright and hit the high iron rarely, it's now sold to a US collector. 44 was wrecked September 99 and was retired. The stripped locomotive is still at Port Cartier. All three ALCo C636 were active in early June 2000.
83 and 84 were rebuilt to the design shown below. 86 is currently under progress (June 2000). 85 and 87 should follow next, they're out of service at the moment.

Mel Wilson reports (6/28/00): 12 new GE AC44CW are expected to arrive in spring 2002! They will have standard control stands, (not desk top), air conditioning, and the generation 2 steerable trucks. They are at this time planning on 2 units on the ore trains. 12 MLWs are to remain after that. Now that the GEs are on the property MLWs are only trailing units.

The RS18 will be retired upon delivery of the GE and will be either sold or scrapped. The remaining 12 (rebuilt) MLWs will replace the RS18s in their duties. Eight units (41, 43, 45, 47, 75, 77, 78, & 85) were sold to the US in late 2002 and are planned to be offered as lease units after they have been upgraded to FRA standards. As of November 2002 they were reported to be stored in upstate New York. I found them in excellent external condition at Cohocton's Bath & Hammondsport shops in later September 2003. The B&H is a division of the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad.



QCM M-636 in the new company colors. Normand Paradis of QCM is responsible for the design which was chosen from a dozen designs. He thankfully submitted the photo. The cab was redesigned, too. About two or three units per year will receive this design during the scheduled overhauls.

Jacques Lejeune Photo




Quebec Cartier Railway

supplied by Andy Inserra (June 98, updated since)
# MODEL HP NOTES
34 C630 3000 4/76 ex-DM&IR 901, nee UP 2901, sold
41 M636 3600 1976 ex-CN 2300, retired 2002, sold
42 M636 3600 1976 ex-CN 2301
43 M636 3600 1976 ex-CN 2302, retired 2002, sold
44 M636 3600 1976 ex-CN 2303, wrecked Sep 99
45 M636 3600 1976 ex-CN 2304, retired 2002, sold
46 M636 3600 1976 ex-CN 2311
47 M636 3600 1976 ex-CN 2312, retired 2002, sold
48 M636 3600 1976 ex-CN 2318
49 M636 3600 1976 ex-CN 2321
62 RS18 1800 bought new
63 RS18 1800 bought new
64 RS18 1800 bought new
65 RS18 1800 bought new
66 RS18 1800 bought new
67 RS18 1800 bought new
68 RS18 1800 bought new
71 M636 3600 bought new
73 M636 3600 bought new
74 M636 3600 bought new
75 M636 3600 bought new, retired 2002, sold
76 M636 3600 bought new
77 C636 3600 1973 ex-MK 5403, nee ALCO 636-3, retired 2002, sold
78 C636 3600 1973 ex-MK 5402, nee ALCO 636-2, retired 2002, sold
79 C636 3600 1973 ex-MK 5401, nee ALCO 636-1
81 M636 3600 bought new
82 M636 3600 bought new
83 M636 3600 bought new, rebuilt 2000
84 M636 3600 bought new, rebuilt 1999
85 M636 3600 bought new, retired 2002, sold
86 M636 3600 1976 ex-CN 2330
87 M636 3600 1976 ex-CN 2331
 
CN Canadian National MK Morrison-Knudsen DM&IR Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range UP Union Pacific




RS18 #64 and a class mate lead a Uniforêt log train near MP 21, June 5th, 2000

Nick Slocombe photo

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