Ottawa Central Railway

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Ottawa Central Railway
OCR Logo.png
Reporting mark OCRR
Locale Eastern Ontario
Dates of operation 1998–2008
Predecessor Canadian National Railway
Successor Canadian National Railway
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 123 mi (198 km)
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Ottawa Central Railway (reporting mark OCRR) is a Canadian short-line railroad subsidiary of the Canadian National Railway. The headquarters are at the Walkley Yard, 3141 Albion Road South, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.Coordinates: 45°21′58″N 75°38′57″W / 45.36611°N 75.64917°W / 45.36611; -75.64917

The OCRR was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Quebec Railway Corporation (QCR). It consisted of former CN subdivisions, and operated between Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec, at an interchange with the CN Montreal-Toronto main line, to Ottawa and Pembroke, Ontario.

The OCRR started operations on December 13, 1998, and two years later, QRC acquired the assets of Ontario L'Orignal Railway from Rail America.[1]

The OCRR consisted of 198 km (123 mi) of track and spurs: 156 km (97 mi) of main line between Ottawa and Pembroke, and 42 km (26 mi) of the former Ontario L’Orignal Railway (OLO) between Glen Robertson and Hawkesbury. It also had 138 km (86 mi) of running rights between Ottawa and Coteau on track owned by Via Rail.[2]

Major commodities carried by the OCRR included newsprint, salt, medium-density fibreboard, linerboard, forest products, pulp, gasoline, lumber and board, wire rod, billets and scrap.[2]

CN purchase[edit]

On November 3, 2008, Canadian National Railway announced that it was purchasing the OCRR and its sister companies Chemin de fer de la Matapédia et du Golfe (CFMG), Compagnie de gestion de Matane (COGEMA), and the New Brunswick East Coast Railway (NBEC) for $49.8 million (CAD) from the Quebec Railway Corporation.[3]

The CN announcement indicates that the reacquired rail lines will be integrated back into the CN network with no significant changes, other than introducing CN locomotives and rolling stock to train operations. CN also mentioned investing significant capital upgrades in the rail network for outstanding maintenance.[3]


  1. ^ "Ottawa Central Railway Inc". Chemins de fer du Québec - IT Division. Retrieved November 3, 2008. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Ottawa Central Railway Overview". CN Plus. Retrieved October 17, 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "News Release: CN acquires three rail subsidiaries and ferry operation". Canadian National Railway Company. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 

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