by NS VIA FAN
marquisofmississauga wrote: The CN timetables of that era didn't mention the existence of the parlour seats in the listing of Equipment. Even though this was an RDC-2, the timetables show that no checked baggage was carried. It's interesting to note that in the mid-1960s in addition to the daily RDC service on this route there was also a daily ex. Sunday mixed train. I'm missing the summer 1967 timetable, so I can't say for sure when through train service started that year, but the RDCs ran until at least the change of time in April.Through Train To Gaspe Inaugrated May 31 - June 1, 1967. Here's the Timetable:
The Chaleur name first appears in CN’s summer 1964 timetable replacing the Advance Ocean Limited between Montreal and Campbellton then again in the winter 1964/65 timetable for the holidays. But by summer 1965 it was now a permanent year-round train.
In June 1967, Canada’s Centennial Year, the Chaleur gained a Gaspe section with through coaches, sleepers, meal & lounge cars between Matapedia and Gaspe. Prior to that, Gaspe passengers changed at Matapedia to RDC Railiners or conventional trains running between Campbellton and Gaspe.
The Chaleur was extended to Moncton in October 1967 and lasted until January 1970 *** when it was discontinued and the through cars to Gaspe were now on the Scotian eastbound from Montreal to Matapedia and on the Ocean westbound. The through cars lasted until the fall of 1979. During this period the service transitioned from CN to VIA.
(***except in summer 1968 when the Chaleur went direct to Gaspe and the Matapedia-Campbellton-Moncton section was replaced by the Cabot)
The Chaleur did return as a separate Montreal - Gaspe train for the Summers of 1970 ‘71 ‘72 ‘73 & ‘74 and even carried a Skyview (x Milwaukee Skytop) sleeper observation for a couple of seasons.
On October 28, 1979 VIA restructured the Montreal <> Maritime services and the through cars to Gaspe were gone and replaced by a connecting service at Matapedia with either an RDC or conventional train depending on the season. VIA did offer a through Montreal-Gaspe full service coach & sleeping car train during Christmas 1979 ‘80 ‘81 & ‘82.
Then in May 1983 the Chaleur was back once again as a full service train between Montreal & Gaspe. This continued until another restructuring of the Maritime service in June 1985 (& the return of the Atlantic) The Ocean became a Montreal-Moncton train (not Halifax) and was combined with the Chaleur between Montreal and Matapedia.
The next big change came with the massive cuts in January 1990. The Ocean was extended back to Halifax but cut to triweekly and began alternating with the Atlantic to provide a six day a week service between Montreal and Halifax. The Chaleur was once again a separate through train to Gaspe but also cut-back to tri-weekly and alternated with the Ocean between Montreal and Matapedia.
By the early ‘90s enough of the former CP Budd fleet had been rebuilt and the Chaleur was re-equipped including a Skyline Dome car. Occasionally Park Dome Observations even ran through to Gaspe.
The last major change came in December 1994 with the discontinuance of the Atlantic. The Ocean began operating six days a week between Montreal and Halifax and on three of those days it was combined with the Chaleur. Essentially the same service we still have today
The Chaleur operates as a separate train during holiday periods and did for most of the summer of 2008.
Last edited by NS VIA FAN on Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:50 am, edited 2 times in total.