Canada's First Nations railroad obtains federal capital improvement funds (6/8/2009)


The Canadian government recently announced it allocated $5.8 million to Tshiuetin Rail Transportation, a passenger and freight railroad owned and operated by three First Nations communities.

Proceeds will be used to upgrade the line and improve passenger-rail service between Sept-Iles and Schefferville, Quebec.

Tshiuetin Rail Transportation will use $3.8 million in Economic Action Plan funds to replace and repair track, construct two sheds and a turning track, improve electrical and telecommunications systems, and acquire maintenance equipment. The railroad will use another $2 million from Transport Canada's Regional and Remote Passenger Rail Services Class Contribution Program to purchase two service vehicles and safety equipment, upgrade passenger cars, and replace ties, rail and culverts.

Source: Progressive Railroading Daily News