Freight and Mineral Railway

Since 1990, CANARAIL has developed a specific expertise adapted to rail freight sector and mining. We became the rail partner of the mining industry in the accompanying throughout the whole life of a railway project. Our solutions are tailored to the specific requirements of these sectors.


CANARAIL offers a comprehensive range of services for the planning, engineering, implementation and operation of mining railways.
1. Scoping, Pre-feasibility and Feasibility Studies

  • High-level scoping studies
  • Detailed bankable studies
  • Long-term investment optimization
  • Investment evaluation and assessment

2. Engineering, Tendering and Construction Supervision Services

  • Conceptual design of railways
  • Alignment optimization for cost reduction and operational efficiencies
  • Detailed design
  • Contracting strategy services (tendering, evaluation and award)
  • Construction supervision

3. Technical Services

  • Increasing railway capacity and tonnage (track and bridges)
  • Inspection services, including infrastructure maintenance and rehabilitation planning
  • Rolling stock and workshop planning, design and specifications
  • Planning and engineering of railway signalling and telecommunications systems
  • Development of maintenance and engineering systems and manuals
  • Engineering for special projects and expansion

4. Operations Planning and Assistance

  • Capacity planning and analysis
  • Rules development
  • Railway safety audits
  • Strategic transportation planning
  • Operational support
  • Qualified railway personnel sourcing
  • Training of personnel