VIA's Chaleur Service Set to Resume Normal Operation September 3

    MONTREAL, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - VIA Rail Canada has been advised by the Société
du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie that work to replace a rail bridge that had
been washed out near Pointe à la Croix, Québec (near Matapédia) is nearing
completion. Effective September 3, 2008, regular VIA service on the Chaleur
between Matapédia and Gaspé is expected to resume.
    Since the washout occurred on August 5th, VIA has been arranging
alternate transportation for its customers between Matapédia and Gaspé, in
both directions.
    Effective with the September 3rd departure from Montréal to Gaspé
sleeping car ticket sales for travel between Matapédia and Gaspé will be
available. Regular checked baggage service between Matapédia and Gaspé
including bicycles and pets will also be available from that date.
    The Chaleur operates from Montréal to Gaspé every Wednesday, Friday and
Sunday and from Gaspé to Montréal every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
    VIA wishes to apologize for any inconvenience caused by this disruption.
Customers wishing further information may visit or call 1 888-VIA
RAIL (842-7245) or TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired).
    Further updates will be issued as required.

For further information:

For further information: VIA Media contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, (416)
956-7683; Malcolm Andrews, (514) 871-6604

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