Bernard Babin very kindly gave permission for me to post these photos of the VIA 15 derailment site. He and his friends went to the site a few hours after the derailment and took some photos in the falling snow.
Workers at the scene of the derailment.
VIA 6400 on her side. 6400 was the lead engine of the train. Note the ladder propped against the nose, probably to help the crew get out of the cab.
The Skyline car and the coach were still upright after the derailment. Note the destruction to the house on the right, as well as the downed power lines.
The junction of VIA 8620 and 8140. It's amazing that they stayed coupled together.
The train had the following consist: engines 6400 and 6457; baggage 8620; coach 8140; Skyline 8507; diner 8401 Acadian; and sleepers 8225 Chateau Rouville, 8211 Chateau Laselle, 8222 Chateau Richelieu.
The line was reopened the same day, around 6 PM local time.
Bernard and friends host the Trains en Gaspésie web site. Check it out!