Chemin de fer Arnaud

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Chemin de fer Arnaud
Reporting mark WRLS
Locale eastern Quebec
Dates of operation 1965–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Pointe-Noire

The Chemin de fer Arnaud (reporting mark WRLS) (in English, the Arnaud Railway) is a private Canadian short line railway owned by Cliffs Natural Resources operating in the province of Quebec.

Opened in 1965 by the Wabush Mining Company, now part of Cliffs Natural Resources, which mines iron ore in Wabush, NL, the railway operates a line running around Sept-Îles Harbour from Arnaud Junction, on the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway to ship loading facilities at Pointe-Noire.

The ore is transported from the mine to a connection with QNSL at Wabush, NL by Arnaud's sister railway, the Wabush Lake Railway. QNSL transports the ore between Wabush, NL and Arnaud Jct., QC. At Arnaud Jct., the ore is transferred to Chemin de fer Arnaud for the final journey to Pointe-Noire, QC.

In 2011, Genessee & Wyoming began control of operations on behalf of the owners under the name Western Labrador Rail Services. The new operation encompasses the Arnaud Railway, Bloom Lake Railway, and Wabush Lake Railway.

Currently, this railway (along with the Tshiuetin Rail Transportation line, QNSX, and Wabush Lake Railway) form an isolated railroad network, as it does not interchange with any other rail lines on the North American network at this time.

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  1. ^ Trains (Magazine) February 2009 p9

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