Curé Antoine Labelle was granted permission in 1876 for the construction of a railway line between Montreal and Saint-Jerome. In December 1892, the whistle of the first locomotive could be heard in Saint-Jovite along with the arrival of the Montreal and Occidental train. A wind of optimism blew over the population of Rivière du Diable! In the 1920s, the P'tit train du Nord experienced an overwhelming popularity leading to new wagons being put in service by Canadian Pacific called snow trains. During the winter of 1938-1939, they carried 111 777 happy skiers toward the snow capped mountains of the Laurentians. With the improvement of the road network, in 1955, these famous trains became the stuff of legends.