webfil Posted February 14, 2022 Report Share Posted February 14, 2022 On 2/4/2022 at 3:36 PM, Shaun said: What was wrong with the bridges that where there previously? Are the stations along this line in good condition? Like I said, the line is subject to maritime conditions (coastal erosion, saltwater corrosion, washouts and windsweeps during storms). They were in state of disrepair, because of negligence by former owners (CN, SCFQ) especially following some early 2000-2010's hurricanes . The line, critical for the transport of gross and manufactured goods (windmill blades, cement mix, lumber), was bought by the governement in 2015. For the stations, in 2013, most of the remaining stations along the Halifax and Gaspé lines in Québec were closed (La Pocatière, Rivière-du-Loup, Trois-Pistoles, Mont-Joli, Bonaventure, Port-Daniel, Barachois, Grande-Rivière) or became bare shelters with no services (Rimouski, New Richmond, Chandler). Gaspé station was severely damaged by a fire in the early 2010's. Via replaced it by trailers. City of Gaspé built a station of its own, instead. It still sits at the end of the line and is used as a tourist info centre, waiting for the trains to come back. The new station was some tourist train terminus for a couple of years before the line was damaged again; the tourist train engine was dismantled and carried by truck to New Richmond to be put back in service but the cars still sit in Gaspé. Left is a picture I took exactly 10 years ago, right is a picture from 2017 (CC BY-SA 3.0, Ymblanter). I remember from my last trip along the line (2012) that New Carlisle station was in a good shape, despite having its original interior, windows, doors and seats. I went to New Richmond in early 2018. Took some pictures around the station. Part of the building is used as an office for SFG, the line operator. Chandler station is now a ticket office for Nova Lumina, a multimedia experience. 1 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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