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QNS&L Railway

The Project

A&B Rail was mandated by Rio Tinto, owner of the Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway, to perform the annual track replacement program along their 260-mile railway for a period of five years (2015-2019) and is currently ongoing into the 2021 season. The annual maintenance includes rail replacement & recuperation, tie replacement, thermite welding, track surfacing, and work on their automated train operated railway at their mine site in Labrador city during their annual shutdown period.



  • Annual replacement of 126,720 linear feet of continuous welded rail
  • Annual replacement of 23,000 cross-ties
  • Annual execution of 1,000 thermite welds
  • Annual surfacing of 65 track miles
  • Removal & installation of track during annual shutdown period



The Result

A satisfied client and another quality project completed. A&B Rail Services coupled railway and project management expertise to exceed client expectations and ensure the project schedule remained on track. For QNS&L this means confidence in their track being continually maintained by a skilled and experienced group that are specially trained to work in this highly regulated environment. For A&B Rail Services, it means another satisfied customer in our 50-year journey to become Canada’s largest, most-experienced and most sought-after rail services company.