Chronology of passenger service of VIA Rail in Gaspésie – Stoppage of service
2011-12-12 : Last train to travel from New Carlisle to Gaspé. Monday, December 12, 2011, when the last train (VIA 16 and 17) reached Gaspé. Reason cited: State of the railway bridge at Grand Pabos at Mile 42.
2011-12-19 : Suspension of service between Matapédia and New Carlisle for 5 months, until 2012-05-14; Report on the condition of bridges by Hatch Mott MacDonald, published in December 2011; Train New Carlisle-Gaspé: pas de service avant la fin de 2012, Le Soleil, 2 octobre 2012, auteur Gilles Gagné; Work was carried out on the two bridges on the Cascapedia River to strengthen them.
2012-05-14 : Resumption of passenger train service between Matapédia and New Carlisle.
2013-08-01 : Serious problems of the signaling at level crossings; The train was stopped for one or two trips and after the train started again for a few days.
2013-08-13 : End of VIA Rail passenger train service between Matapédia and New Carlisle;
Continuation of the service with buses until 2013-09-17.
2013-08-22: Official announcement of VIA Rail: Suspension of connections between Matapedia, New Carlisle and Gaspé of VIA Rail.
2013-09-17 : End of bus service and complete stoppage of VIA Rail service in Gaspésie. News from TVA CHAU here
2017-12-20 to 2018-01-04 : The RÉGÎM offers a brand new shuttle service between Gaspé and Campbellton’s VIA RAIL station (round trip). This additional service will allow people traveling on the train to continue their journey to several municipalities on the south side of the Gaspé Peninsula, or to travel to the train from several stops in Gaspésie.
2018-10-15 – Historic date to remember: The restoration of the railway between Caplan and New Carlisle has begun. Bundles of ties are placed along the track.
2019-04-25 – While in New Richmond on Thursday morning, Prime Minister François Legault and Transport Minister François Bonnardel confirmed the start of repairs to the Gaspé railway stretch between Matapédia and Caplan.
Official news press release: VIA Rail service between Matapédia, New Carlisle and Gaspé suspended
Montréal–Gaspé train – Overview: Official information publish by VIA Rail on his web site
Thanks to Anthony Bernard Prince for his collaboration in the dates published in this page.
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