Working in Delson, Quebec, “in a backyard, with a pickup,” brothers Marcel and George Coyle started Entretien de Voies Ferrees Coyle Inc., the genesis of PNR RailWorks Quebec Inc.
That was in 1989. From its humble beginnings, the company expanded as a valued provider of track construction to customers throughout the province. At the time of its 2008 purchase by PNR RailWorks, E.V.F. Coyle was Quebec's largest railway contractor. The Quebec operation has continued to grow, and RailWorks is celebrating 25 years of operational milestones in the province.
1989 – Brothers Marcel and George Coyle establish Entretien de Voies Ferrees Coyle Inc. in Delson, Quebec.
1992 – E.V.F. Coyle completes its largest job to date, track rehabilitation for a steam train tourist attraction near Hull, QC. For that job, the company purchased its first tie-inserter.
1993 – The company ceases leasing space for its commercial operations and purchases a 52,000 square foot facility in Delson.
1996 – Short line Roberval and Saguenay Railway awards E.V.F. Coyle its first major contract, to reconstruct track in La Baie, a borough of Saguenay, after the Saguenay Flood.
1999 – The company lands its first contract exceeding $1 million, for Roberval and Saguenay Railway. That same year, the company expands its operations to 142,000 square feet.
2008 – PNR RailWorks acquires the company, which is the largest railway contractor in Quebec. It is renamed PNR Coyle Inc.
2009 – PNR RailWorks’ Signals & Communications Division completes its first job in Quebec: the installation of a modern signal system across the entire 414-km QNS&L Railway.
2014 – PNR Coyle changes its name to PNR RailWorks Quebec Inc. In April, it achieves a major milestone: 25 years of operation.
Quebec Regional Manager Benoit Labrosse indicates that the future looks promising. "Our commitment to the region is reflected in our past and future investment in people and equipment," he says. "We are here to stay and grow."