I saw this article in leSoleil about a little bit of rail business for the Gaspe peninsula. Apparently Xstrata will be trucking 14,000 cubic meters of mine tailings to Gaspe, where it will be loaded into railcars and brought to the Horne smelter in Rouyn-Noranda. Additionally, remediation work is scheduled for the Gaspe smelter, closed in April 2002.
The tailings come from the Murdochville complex. The tailings are part of the decontamination and decomissioning of the facility, closed since 1999. The article says that there will be 27 sets of 8 cars from mid-October to late November, and possibly another 125-150 cars in 2009.
At the time, both facilities were owned by Noranda. Noranda and Falconbridge merged in June 2005, and Xstrata purchased Falconbridge in November 2006.
It's good to see some traffic on the Gaspe peninsula. Hopefully more permanent traffic will be found.