Friday, March 14, 2008

VIA Detour Update

The extra-long VIA 15 (combined Ocean and Chaleur) left Halifax on time and proceeded to Moncton, where it was split. The Ocean section (with 6400 and 6403 and Renaissance cars) detoured on the CN Napadogan subdivision again. The Chaleur section (with 6401 and Budd cars, with passengers) went up the normal VIA route on the NBEC, where it will deadhead to Gaspe in preparation for a revenue run back to Matapedia where it will join Saturday's non-detoured VIA 15.

Jim Babcock reports the 5 derailed cars are back on the rails and are at Routhierville, Quebec. They will be moved to ERS in Campbellton to get their wheels changed. He reports that 3300 feet of track had to be repaired.

Wendell Lemon reported that today's VIA 14, headed by 6437 and 6424, detoured on CN and arrived in Moncton at noon. VIA 14 and 15 met at Oxford Junction.

It looks like VIA 14 will probably detour on Saturday but that will be the last detour.

VIA 6407 (Chaleur) near Douglastown
The Chaleur near Douglastown, Quebec

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