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Compagnie de gestion de Matane Inc. (COGEMA) is a subsidiary of Canadian National Railway (CN)operating a dedicated railcar ferry service within Quebec between Matane and Baie-Comeau; additionally providing occasional railcar ferry service to isolated rail networks at the ports of Port Cartier, Sept-Iles and Harve-Saint-Pierre.  It also operates industrial switching to rail customers in Baie-Comeau. COGEMA began operations in 1975 and operates the company's only railcar ferry, the MV Georges Alexandre Lebel (Montreal).  COGEMA was sold by CN to Quebec Railway Corporation during February 1999 when QRC also purchased the Matane and Mont Joli Subdivisions.  In November 2008, CN re-purchased these assets from QRC.

QRC 1819 and mate QRC 1851 are seen loading the Georges Alexandre Lebel for the afternoon run using 5 buffer cars and caboose CG79507 (almost hidden).  The conductor rides in and conveniently operates from the rear of the caboose. A sister photo, albeit from a distance, depicts the whole of this neat, intriguing operation.
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Caption: Compagnie de gestion de Matane Inc. (COGEMA) is a subsidiary of Canadian National Railway (CN)operating a dedicated railcar ferry service within Quebec between Matane and Baie-Comeau; additionally providing occasional railcar ferry service to isolated rail networks at the ports of Port Cartier, Sept-Iles and Harve-Saint-Pierre. It also operates industrial switching to rail customers in Baie-Comeau. COGEMA began operations in 1975 and operates the company's only railcar ferry, the MV Georges Alexandre Lebel (Montreal). COGEMA was sold by CN to Quebec Railway Corporation during February 1999 when QRC also purchased the Matane and Mont Joli Subdivisions. In November 2008, CN re-purchased these assets from QRC.QRC 1819 and mate QRC 1851 are seen loading the Georges Alexandre Lebel for the afternoon run using 5 buffer cars and caboose CG79507 (almost hidden). The conductor rides in and conveniently operates from the rear of the caboose. A sister photo, albeit from a distance, depicts the whole of this neat, intriguing operation.

Photographer:
Glenn Cherry [44] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/16/2007 (search)
Railway: Quebec Railway Corporation (search)
Reporting Marks: QRC 1819 (search)
Train Symbol: BC Ferry (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Matane Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Matane (search)
Province: Quebec (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Thanks … I hope to get the sister photo back up soon as it depicts all components of the operation albeit a somewhat distant shot.

  2. This IS a really neat shot of something very few of us ever get to witness.

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