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OVERVIEW:

The CFMG (Chemin de Fer de la Matapédia et du Golfe, or Matapedia & Gulf Railway in english) is a shortline owned by Quebec Railway Corporation (QRC).

In December 1997, the QRC and CN acquired the Matapedia Railway, a 105-mile line connecting Mont-Joli, Quebec, with Campbellton, New Brunswick. In March 1999, the QRC purchased the segments from Rivière-du-Loup to Mont-Joli and from Mont-Joli to Matane, thus creating the Matapedia and Gulf Railway, which extends over 225 miles.

The Matapedia and Gulf Railway, together with the New Brunswick East Coast Railway and Cogéma (rail ferry on the St-Lawrence River between Matane and Baie-Comeau, QC) handle 45,000 carloads a year and serve major shippers of mining and forest products. VIA Rail Inc. uses the Rivière-du-Loup line at Campbellton for its Maritime and Eastern Quebec services.

MAP: Click here for a map of CFMG's network

PICTURES: Click on a thumbnail below to see the full-size picture. These are highly compressed, in order to keep file sizes acceptable. Full-size originals up to 2272 x 1704 pixels are available if you contact me directly by e-mail.

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Train 402 - Rivière-du-Loup

CFMG's train number 402 (Rivière-du-Loup, QC to Campbellton, NB) is waiting on a siding at Rivière-du-Loup, on June 21st, 2003.

Train 402 - Rimouski

CFMG's eastbound train number 402 is passing Rimouski, QC (MP 122.4, Mont-Joli Sub) on October 13th, 2002.

Train 402 - St-Simon

Train 402 is passing St-Simon, QC (MP 151.0, Mont-Joli Sub) on May 12th, 2002.

Train 405 - Rivière-du-Loup

CFMG's crew is building up train number 405 in Mont-Joli Yard (MP 105.4, Mont-Joli Sub). This train will soon leave westbound for Rivière-du-Loup, QC. June 21st, 2003.

CFMG 6903

CFMG's GMD SD40 number 6903, nee CN 5065 in 1968 and sold to CFMG in 1999, is seen on train 405 at Mont-Joli, QC, on June 21st 2002.

CFMG 6906

CFMG's GMD SD40 number 6906, nee CN 5080 in 1969 and sold to CFMG in 1999, is parked at Mont-Joli Maintenance Center, on June 21st 2002.

CFMG 6907

CFMG's GMD SD40 number 6907, nee CN 5064 in 1968 and sold to CFMG in 1999, is seen on train 402 at Rivière-du-Loup, QC, on June 21st 2002.

CFMG 6908

CFMG's GMD SD40 number 6908, nee CN 5067 in 1968 and sold to CFMG in 1999, is leading train 405 at Mont-Joli, QC, on June 21st 2002.

Train 403 - Bic

CFMG SD-40 6910, 6909 and 6903, along with leased UP 2816 and GATX 7367 are pulling a long train on June 28th, 2003 at Bic, Quebec (MP 133.3, Mont-Joli Sub).

Leasers are going back

Leased UP 2816 and GATX 7367 are going back to the USA after a lease to the CFMG in early 2003. June 28th, 2003 at Bic, Quebec (MP 138.0, Mont-Joli Sub).

Boxcar 50411

CFMG's boxcar number 50411 is sitting at Mont-Joli Maintenance Facility (MP 105.0), on June 21st, 2002.

Work Car 690000

This strange looking work car is used for a 3 miles backup move on an industrial Spur near Metis, QC. Mont-Joli, QC, June 21st 2002.

Plow 003

CFMG's Plow number 003, former CN 55170, is taking a summer break in Mont-Joli Maintenance Center (MP 105.0, Mont-Joli Sub), on June 21st, 2002.

Crane 50442

CFMG's American Hoist crane number 50442 is parked on a siding in St-Fabien, QC, MP 143.2 Mont-Joli Sub, on August 23rd, 2002.

Swith Detail

Another remnant of former ABS system is this switch position indicator on the west end of Sacré-Coeur's 7120 feet siding, MP 127.6, Mont-Joli Sub, seen on June 21st, 2002.

Former ABS

This is what's left of the former ABS signalling system in Rimouski, QC. MP 124.6, Mont-Joli Sub, June 21st, 2002.

Abandoned Shed

CN's former Express shed in Rimouski, MP 122.5 Mont-Joli Sub, on October 13th, 2002.

Mont-Joli Station

Mont-Joli Station, MP 105.4 Mont-Joli Sub, on June 21st, 2002. This station is still in use 6 night a week by VIA Rail's Ocean and Chaleur.

Rimouski Station

Rimouski Station, MP 123.4 Mont-Joli Sub, on October 14th, 2002. This station is still in use 6 night a week by VIA Rail's Ocean and Chaleur, and has just been painted yellow.

Routhierville Station

Routhierville Station (MP 33.8, Mont-Joli Sub) built in 1878 by the Intercolonial Railway still stands today and is used as a summer cottage. While this station still sees 12 passenger trains a week, they ceased stopping there somewhere between 1955 and 1965. June 26th, 2002.

Trois-Pistoles Station

Trois-Pistoles Station, MP 161.7 Mont-Joli Sub, on June 21st, 2002. This station is still in use 6 night a week by VIA Rail's Ocean and Chaleur.

Bridge over Hwy 132 - Rimouski

This bridge, built in 1976, still bears CN logo. Mont-Joli Sub, MP 124.6, June 21st, 2002.

Rimouski River Bridge

The Rimouski River Bridge was built in 1872 by the Intercolonial Railway and is still in excellent shape today. June 24th, 2002.

Trois-Pistoles River Bridge

This bridge was also built by the Intercolonial Railway in 1872 and is one of the longest in the Province of Quebec. June 24th, 2002.


 

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