Quebec passenger operation shuts down for winter

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QUEBEC CITY – Citing losses in both of its previous winter seasons, Quebec passenger operator Réseau Charlevoix has announced that its German DMUs will remain stored this coming winter. Chariman Bruno Labbé says that they had considered weekend-only service as an alternative, but determined the cost of maintaining the equipment and rail line as too expensive for such limited service. However, the same statement also claims that the service was profitable during the week but not at all on weekends.

The DMUs, owned by the Société de gestion des équipments publics de Charlevoix, did well operating between Montmorency Falls, in suburban Québec City, and La Malbaie, with a connection at the Le Germain Hotel in Baie St Paul, this past summer. It replaced a somewhat less successful high-end dinner and excursion train using former Chicago & North Western gallery cars and ex-Canadian Pacific RS-18us owned and operated by Groupe Le Massif's Train Touristique de Charlevoix.

Réseau Charlevoix says it will use the time off to overhaul its web-site and ticketing system.

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