Century-old Wakefield steam train for sale

A joint meeting between Gauthier [the owner of train], Benoît Pelletier, the Quebec minister responsible for the Outaouais; and Compagnie de chemin de fer de l'Outaouais (CCFO), which owns the railway used by the train and is run by municipalities in the region ... comes more than a week after the train was temporarily shut down because of a landslide near its tracks, but the situation has a long history

The decision was made for both business and personal reasons[*] after the owner of the company, Gauthier was unable to amend the contract he signed several months ago with local municipalities, which owns the railway used by the train.

The train must be offered first to the CCFO, ahead of any other potential buyers, and the CCFO could choose to run the train itself.

Two other parties, one in the region and one outside the region, have expressed interest in the train, which is worth an estimated $2.5 million.

Unified Management Required

A lot has been said and written on the Steam Train's current troubles. I could add to that and correct certain affirmations, but in a case like this "discretion is the better part of valour".

All the same, it is worth mentionning that the operator of the Steam Train, Jean Gauthier, deserves to be able to take a well-deserved retirement with our collective thanks for all his hard work since he rescued the enterprise over a decade ago. Since, he has worked with hammer, pick and shovel as the track gang foreman at an age when most of us would rather sit in the shade. It is to be hoped however that he would sell the train to an experienced railway operator rather than dispersing the assets!

Suspension of service

Following a landslip beside the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train tracks earlier this week, Le Droit of Thursday May 15th carried an alarming story on the effects of the soil movement and the municipally- imposed suspension of service until Saturday May 17th and the threat by the body that owns the trackbed to make the Steam Train operator pay for repairs to the terrain if any of the slip involves the railway right-of-way.

Le «p'tit train de Wakefield» doit rester en gare

Le mardi 13 mai 2008

Le «p'tit train de Wakefield» doit rester en gare

Justine Mercier
LeDroit

Le « p'tit train de Wakefield » est resté en gare, hier, et demeurera encore
immobile, aujourd¹hui, en raison d'un glissement de terrain survenu à
Chelsea.

Le directeur général de la compagnie Train à vapeur Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield,
André Groulx, a précisé que le glissement n'a pas touché le sol directement
sous les rails.

« Ce n'est pas dans l'emprise ferroviaire, on est loin d'un risque imminent,
donc c'est juste une question de précaution », a-t-il expliqué.

Brève Mise à jour

Les Amis du Train à Vapeur ont été très actifs; son comité exectif a travaillé afin de réunir des éléments de dévelopement pour notre chemin de fer préféré. Le projet Rapibus partagera l'emprise vers le sud à partir du chemin Freeman au secteur Hull de Gatineau - ceci voudra dire le renouveau complet de la voie mais aussi des perturbations.
Afin de permettre le dévelopement de gares neufs à Hull et à Chelsea en lien avec d'autres améliorations, une série de discussions a été entamée. Bien que tout ceci augure bien pour un développement coordonné dans les deux années qui viennent, il est trop tôt pour fournir le détail. Surveillez cette espace alors!

Friends of the Steam Train hear the president's report

Ernie Mahoney - http://www.lowdownonline.com/

CHELSEA: The Friends of the Steam Train hosted their first public
meeting, December 6, since the association's launch this autumn.
Andre Groulx, president of the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Railway, was the
feature attraction, speaking on various rumours/ concerning the steam
train.

Mr Groulx told the small audience he is pleased to operate, on
behalf of his father-in-law Jean Gauthier, one of the most important
tourist attractions in West Quebec. "Of the 350 tourist trains across

Social Meet at Chelsea Community Centre

Cher Ami du Train à vapeur,
Nous avons invité André Groulx, le Directeur général du Train à vapeur Hull
- Chelsea - Wakefield de venir nous expliquer qu'est-ce qui se passe dans
les négociations avec les municipalités et quel sera l'avenir du train. La
rencontre aura lieu le jeudi 6 décembre au sous-sol du Centre Communautaire
de Chelsea à 19h30. Venez vous joindre à nous pour écouter les dessous de
l'affaire et posez vos questions. Il y aura du thé et café et peutêtre même
un biscuit!
Harry Gow, Nicole Desroches and John Trent

Infos: John Trent - 827 - 827 - 1025

Steam train clears hurdle over track

Municipalities, Quebec to pay for engineering study
BY DAVE ROGERS - Ottawa Citizen

The operator of the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train has reached an agreement in principle with the municipalities that own the line to keep the train on the tracks for the next 25 years.

Get on board with steam train: tourism chief

Outaouais municipalities told it’s unacceptable to expect owner of popular attraction to foot bill for yet-to-be named improvements
BY DAVE ROGERS, Ottawa Citizen Nov 12, 2007

The president of Tourisme Outaouais has urged Gatineau and Chelsea to sign a 25-year contract with the Hull-ChelseaWakefield steam train to prevent one of Canada’s tourism gems from disappearing from the region.

No Train No Sanity

From The Editor's Desk
By Nikki Mantell
http://www.lowdownonline.com/

It is absurd. Pure madness.
Why would the Chelsea mayor want to push away one of the best thing that has ever happened to this region? It boggles the mind.

The mayors of Chelsea, La Peche and even Gatineau should be falling all over each other doing everything they can to help the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train Company and keep a good thing chugging down their tracks. Instead, it appears as if the Compagnie de chemin de fer de

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