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Most recent VIA Rail train August 2013.... next VIA train expected 202X...and lots of news June 2023


That GE 1952 built 80 ton centre cab is former Papiers Gaspesia (former Abitibi Paper)


The station is currently the municipal campground registration office.


At Chandler P Q, on a cloudless, smokey day, June 14, 2023 digital by S.Danko


VIA's 1982 timetables show daily Budd Car trains #621 & #622 requiring 6 hours 25 minutes to serve the 202 mile, Gaspe – Matapedia rail route  line (for comparison Matapedia to Moncton is 198 rail route miles)


VIA trains #16 & #17 ( Matapedia - Gaspe) were cut back to Chandler PQ ( 142 rail route miles to/from Matapedia ) Dec 10, 2011, due to track conditions including the condition of the rail bridge at Grand Pabos at mile 42 (from New Carlisle)


Trains #16 & #17 were annulled August 13, 2013 due to further track deterioration. The July 2014 VIA timetables show trains #16 & #17 service is 'temporarily suspended' between Port -Daniel (west of Chandler) and Gaspe.


At that time the Matapedia – Gaspe railway was owned / operated by a private Corporation


November 21, 2014, the owner / operator, filed for creditor protection.


May 2015: the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) purchased the railway right-of-way and now owns the railway line between Matapédia and Gaspé. (The Ontario equivalent ownership would be the Ministry of Transportation, & interestingly the current Ontario Transport Minister is Caroline Mulroney, the daughter of ex PM Brian Mulroney and his government designed the January 1990 VIA Rail train off debacle)


June 2023: Regular freight operations (SCFG) extend east  to New Richmond  near mile 68 (from Matapedia) and perhaps further east, the PQ government has pledged more money to repair & upgrade the railway to Gaspe (in particular from Port Daniel to Gaspe), VIA has stated that trains 16 & 17 will return only after the full line to Gaspe is repaired, freight operations to Gaspe now expected to return 2026.


For references, June 2023 updates:


https://www.gaspetrain.org/


sdfourty
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Most recent VIA Rail train August 2013.... next VIA train expected 202X...and lots of news June 2023

That GE 1952 built 80 ton centre cab is former Papiers Gaspesia (former Abitibi Paper)

The station is currently the municipal campground registration office.

At Chandler P Q, on a cloudless, smokey day, June 14, 2023 digital by S.Danko

VIA's 1982 timetables show daily Budd Car trains #621 & #622 requiring 6 hours 25 minutes to serve the 202 mile, Gaspe – Matapedia rail route line (for comparison Matapedia to Moncton is 198 rail route miles)

VIA trains #16 & #17 ( Matapedia - Gaspe) were cut back to Chandler PQ ( 142 rail route miles to/from Matapedia ) Dec 10, 2011, due to track conditions including the condition of the rail bridge at Grand Pabos at mile 42 (from New Carlisle)

Trains #16 & #17 were annulled August 13, 2013 due to further track deterioration. The July 2014 VIA timetables show trains #16 & #17 service is 'temporarily suspended' between Port -Daniel (west of Chandler) and Gaspe.

At that time the Matapedia – Gaspe railway was owned / operated by a private Corporation

November 21, 2014, the owner / operator, filed for creditor protection.

May 2015: the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) purchased the railway right-of-way and now owns the railway line between Matapédia and Gaspé. (The Ontario equivalent ownership would be the Ministry of Transportation, & interestingly the current Ontario Transport Minister is Caroline Mulroney, the daughter of ex PM Brian Mulroney and his government designed the January 1990 VIA Rail train off debacle)

June 2023: Regular freight operations (SCFG) extend east to New Richmond near mile 68 (from Matapedia) and perhaps further east, the PQ government has pledged more money to repair & upgrade the railway to Gaspe (in particular from Port Daniel to Gaspe), VIA has stated that trains 16 & 17 will return only after the full line to Gaspe is repaired, freight operations to Gaspe now expected to return 2026.

For references, June 2023 updates:

https://www.gaspetrain.org/

sdfourty

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Date: 06/14/2023 (search)
Railway: Societe de chemin de fer de la Gaspesie (search)
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Subdivision/SNS: mile 44.1 Chandler Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Chandler (search)
Province: Quebec (search)
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