Chemin de fer de la Rivière Romaine

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Chemin de fer de la Rivière Romaine
Chemin de fer de la Rivière Romaine map.png
Map of the line (identified as QIT) in 1957, center of the map
Reporting mark CFRR
Locale Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec
Dates of operation 1949–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Havre-Saint-Pierre

The Chemin de fer de la Rivière Romaine (reporting mark CFRR) (in English, the Romaine River Railway) is a Canadian short line iron ore mining railway operating in eastern Quebec.


The railway measures approximately 26 mi (42 km) running from the port of Havre-Saint-Pierre on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River inland to a massive ilmenite (titanium iron) deposit at Lac-Allard. At Havre-Saint-Pierre, the mineral is loaded aboard bulk carriers and shipped upriver to the port of Sorel-Tracy. COGEMA also operates car floats that connect with the line.[1] QIT also operates passenger trains for workers, as the mine is not accessible by road.[2]

The Romaine River Railway began operating in 1949 and is owned and operated by QIT-Fer et Titane, which is a subdivision of the Anglo-Australian company Rio Tinto Group.[3]


  1. ^ Trains (Magazine) February 2009 p9
  2. ^ Kimmons, Brian (December 2006). "Quebec's North Shore Railways" (PDF). Branchline. 45 (11): 3–6. 
  3. ^ name: River Railway Company The Railway Association of Canada

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