June 4th, Reserve Faunique Port Cartier-Sept Iles
Back to New York we went, then by the Adirondack to Montreal where, having picked up a hire car we drove to Tadoussac on the north shore of the St Lawrence for few days whale watching. From Tadoussac we headed further east, around 370 kms (220 miles) to Port Cartier, the headquarters of the CF du Cartier. En route we surprised a black bear.
In 2000 the CF du C roster was 100% Alco, a mixture of six axle Centuries and four axle RS18s, which had been on the railway since it was built in the 1950s.
After lunch we drove into the wilderness Reserve Faunique as far as the grade crossing at milepost 20, where we waited. We must have been there over an hour before the faint sound of a working diesel could be heard. The sound grew and grew, as did my sense of anticipation until, round the bend came these beauties, the RS18s on the Uniforet empties. My excitement knew no bounds.
From Y2K - 2000 and the dawn of the new millenium