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Chronology 2011 – 2022 of passenger service of  VIA Rail in Gaspésie – Stoppage of service

2011-12-12 : Last train to travel from New Carlisle to Gaspé. 
The trip was made to the Gaspé train station.
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, 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.
Between May 14, 2012 and August 13, 2013 (15 months period) passenger was running, only as far as 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 – François Legault and François Bonnardel confirm the beginning of repairs between Matapedia and Caplan  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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