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Industry Achievement
James J. Sirois (2004)
James Sirois at the train movement department in Sept-Îles, when he was trainmaster Mr. James J. Sirois has a lifetime affiliation with railroading. He exemplifies many like him whose dedication has ensured that railways have safely moved freight and passenger traffic in Canada for more than 150 years.

Mr. Sirois began his career with Canadian National in the late 1940s as a clerk. By 1950 he was working as a brakeman and then qualified as a conductor. His world became the CN mainline linking Québec City, Rivière-du-Loup, and Edmundston, New Brunswick.

James Sirois taking orders on the radio while at the controls of a GP9 locomotiveIn 1955, he left CN and participated in the development of the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway. He spent 36 years of his life on the QNS&L, working as a brakeman, a conductor, and a locomotive engineer.

Mr. Sirois was also active in the railway union movement prior to becoming a manager. During his tenure with the United Transportation Union, he was able to positively contribute to many improvements in working conditions that would be later implemented on the railway.

James Sirois at Oreway QNS&L camp (Mile 187) in the 1950sIn 1960, Mr. Sirois was active in the start-up of the Québec-Cartier Railway between Port-Cartier and Gagnon, Quebec, and served as the Cartier Railway conductor on opening day. In the same period, he participated to the construction of the Northernland Railway, linking QNS&L at mileage 224 in Labrador City to Wabush.

Photos: M. Patrick Sirois

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