Eight train cars that carried tourists and railway enthusiasts up to Wakefield and back for a quarter century or more are being cut into pieces. The popular steam train made its last journey on June 18th, 2011. Five days later, heavy rains damaged the tracks and operations were suspended. The estimated cost to repair the track was in the millions, and despite the efforts and hopes of many groups and people, the service was never restored.
In 2011, the municipality of Chelsea took out about 20 kilometres of the track to convert the bed to a trail, thus ending any chance that rail service would ever return.
According to a City of Gatineau spokesperson, the steam locomotive that most recently plied the tracks to Wakefield has been sold to the Dalton Ecological Park in Gatineau, where it will be on display alongside a replica of the early-1900s Templeton train station later this year.
The cars, meanwhile, were sold to Alain Boucher, who said all but one were damaged beyond reasonable repair. The remaining one he intends to convert into an American-style diner, which he’ll move to Cantley, Que., where it will sit alongside the chip wagon he currently operates there.
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