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Central Manitoba Railway
The Central Manitoba Railway (reporting mark CEMR) is a Canadian shortline railway operating in the province of Manitoba. Owned and operated by Cando, the CEMR is a 118-mile (190 km) short line running from East Selkirk north of Winnipeg to Carman south of Winnipeg. The line serves over 20 transportation customers. The short line was established by Cando in 1999 with the acquisition of CN’s Pine Falls and Carman subdivisions.

CEMR was created in 1999 by Cando Contracting Ltd to purchase the former CN Pine Falls and Carman subdivisions. They use several ex-CN GP9rm's (GR-418a, b or c) and 2 SD40 locomotives, and run trains twice weekly on the Pine Falls and Carman subdivisions (Pine Falls sub 67 miles (108 km), Carman sub 51 miles (82 km). They run five days a week (weekdays) in the Norcran Industrial Area in North Transcona. They purchased a former CPR yard that was built in 1887–1889 and built a new shop-house and diesel repair facility. They also repair cars for other railways.

They run on 115 & 132 pound per yard (50 kg/m) rail on the Carman sub, and 85 pound per yard (42 kg/m) light rail on the Pine Falls sub, one of the few light rail branches existing in Manitoba.

Livery: A black top and bottom broken by red and white stripes down the middle with the CEMR "bison" logo and a larger grey stripe and large white engine numbers on the sides.

Locomotives
The Central Manitoba Railway currently operates 16 locomotives:

Unit Number: CIT 3806

Built: 1959
Type: GP38-3
Notes: Acquired 2015

Unit Number: CEMR 4000

Built: March 1955
Type: GP9RM
Notes: Ex-CN 4020, acquired 1999.

Unit Number: CEMR 4001

Built: September 1955
Type: GP9RM
Notes: Ex-CN 4025, acquired 1999.

Unit Number: CEMR 4002

Built: April 1955
Type: GP9RM
Notes: Ex-CN 4026, acquired 1999.

Unit Number: CEMR 4003

Built: January 1958
Type: GP9RM
Notes: Ex-CN 4007, acquired 1999.

Unit Number: CCGX 4010

Built: January 1958
Type: GP9RM
Notes: Ex-CN 4010, acquired 2004.

Unit Number: CCGX 4011

Built: January 1958
Type: GP9RM
Notes: Ex-CN 4011, acquired 2004.

Unit Number: CEMR 4012

Built: January 1958
Type: GP9RM
Notes: Ex-CN 4008, acquired 2004.

Unit Number: CEMR 4013

Built: July 1956
Type: GP9RM
Notes: Ex-CN 4013, acquired 2004.

Unit Number: CEMR 4014

Built: November 1957
Type: GP9RM
Notes: Ex-CN 4001, acquired 2004.

Unit Number: CEMR 4081

Built: June 1956
Type: GP9
Notes: Ex-GTW 4446, acquired 2006. No longer on roster.

Unit Number: CCGX 4118

Built: 1955
Type: GP9RM
Notes: Ex-CN 4118, acquired 2012.

Unit Number: CCGX 4119

Built: 1955
Type: GP9RM
Notes: Ex-CN 4119, acquired 2012.

Unit Number: CCGX 4201  

Built: ?
Type: GP38-3
Notes: Ex-UP, acquired 2015.

Unit Number: CCGX 4202

Built: February 1964
Type: GP38-3
Notes: Ex-UP, acquired 2015.

Unit Number: CCGX 4203

Built: ?
Type: GP38-3
Notes: Ex-UP, acquired 2015.

Unit number: CCGX 4204

Built: ?
Type: GP38-3
Notes: Ex-UP, acquired 2015.

Unit Number: CCGX 5201

Built: 1971
Type: SD38AC
Notes: Ex-DMIR 202, Acquired in 2015.

Unit Number: CCGX 5232

Built: November 1971
Type: SD40
Notes: Ex-CN 5232, acquired 200X, moved to Prairie Rail Solutions in 2015. No longer on roster.

Unit Number: CCGX 5310

Built: 1978
Type: SD40-2W
Notes: Ex-CN.

Unit Number: CCGX 5311

Built: 1978
Type: SD40-2W
Notes: Ex-CN 5311/DESX 5311, acquired 2014.

Unit Number: CEMR 5396

Built: 1978
Type: SD40-2
Notes: Ex-CN 5396, née CP 5784.

Unit Number: CEFX 6056

Built: October 1978
Type: SD38-2
Notes: Leased Fall 2015, Ex- IAIS 156. No longer on roster.

Unit Number: CEFX 6057

Built: October 1978
Type: SD38-2
Notes: Leased Fall 2015, Ex-IAIS 157. No longer on roster.

Unit Number: CCGX 7061

Built: 1955
Type: GP9RM
Notes: Ex-CN 7061, acquired 2012.

Central Manitoba Railway Overview
Reporting mark: CEMR & CCGX (Cando Contracting)
Locale: Manitoba
Dates of operation: 1999–Present
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Official Website: http://www.candorail.com/cemr/

See also:

Canadian Railways