An article came out a few days ago on Radio-Canada about the possibility of a local Gaspé Peninsula company getting the contract to maintain the diesel locomotives in operation on the peninsula.
The company, Gaspésie Diesel, is in the running to take over maintenance of the three ex-NBEC RS-18 units and 10 pieces of rolling stock. Currently they are maintained by CN in Campbellton for about $100,000/year.
Gaspésie Diesel does work on diesel engines, mostly for trucks. They recently won a contract to repair a couple of wreck-damaged stainless steel VIA cars. Gaspésie Diesel's CEO, Gilles Babin, stated they intend to build a car repair shop in New Richmond, Quebec in the spring of 2011.
Read the article.