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Montebello in Papineau, Quebec — French Canadian Region
 

La Gare / The Train Station

 
 
Le Gare / Train Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 9, 2019
1. Le Gare / Train Station Marker
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Français:
La deuxième gare de Montebello est construite en 1931 avec le surplus des billots arrivés par train de l'ouest des États-Unis et qui ont servi, l'année précédente, à construire le Château Montebello.

La gare est le rendez-vous des célébrités attendues au Château, connu à l'époque sous le nom de « Seigniory Club Community Association Limited » (Seigniory Club), de même qu'un lieu de rencontre important pour les gens de Montebello qui « vont au train » quotidiennement. Bâtie à quelques milliers de pieds du lieu où elle se trouve, elle sert de gare jusqu'en septembre 1981, moment où le Canadien Pacifique interrompt sa liaison ferroviaire Montréal-Ottawa.

La gare est d'abord mise en vente, mais ne trouve pas acheteur aux conditions exigées par le C.P. [entre autres son déménagement]. La compagnie, à bout de patience, décide de la brûler pour des raisons de sécurité!

Alors les gens de Montebello et de la région forment la « Corporation de la gare de Montebello », acquièrent la gare et décident de la déménager sur son site actuel.

En août 1989, la gare, toute d'un tenant, 110
La Gare / The Train Station Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 9, 2019
2. La Gare / The Train Station Marker (wide view)
pieds de long sur 42 de large, des centaines de tonnes, entreprend son voyage, pouce par pouce, et 11 heures plus tard, elle arrive sur son site.

C'est une journée mémorable pour les Montebellois !

English:
The second train station for Montebello was built in 1931 with surplus of logs coming in by train from Western United States, which had been used to build the Château Montebello the year before.

The station was the meeting point for celebrities waiting to go to the Château, which was known at the time as « Seigniory Club Community Association Limited » (Seigniory Club) and it was also an important meeting point for the people of Montebello who would go to see the train daily. Built just a few thousand feet away from the place where it now sits, the station stayed in service up until September 1981 when Canadian Pacific stopped its Montreal-Ottawa rail link.

The station was up for sale but couldn't find any buyers with the conditions that Canadian Pacific had put on it. The company ran out of patience so decided to burn the station for security reasons!

So the people of Montebello and the region decided to form the "Corporation of Montebello train station" which acquired the station and moved it to where it stands today.

In August 1989, the station which was 110 feet long by 42 feet wide and weighed
La Gare / The Train Station image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 9, 2019
3. La Gare / The Train Station
hundreds of tonnes, was taken inch by inch to its current site taking a total of 11 hours.

It was a memorable day for citizens of Montebello.
 
Erected 2006 by Société historique Louis-Joseph-Papineau, Montebello.
 
Location. 45° 38.994′ N, 74° 56.545′ W. Marker is in Montebello, Quebec, in Papineau. Marker is on Rue Notre-Dame (Highway 148) just west of Rue Saint Henri, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located beside the walkway, directly in front of the subject train station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 502 Rue Notre Dame, Montebello, Quebec J0V 1L0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. L’Église / The Church (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line).
 
Regarding La Gare / The Train Station. The building now serves as a tourist information center.
 
Also see . . .  The old Montebello train station. Once crowded with passengers arriving by train from Montreal, Ottawa, the United States, and elsewhere - people coming to stay at the famous Château Montebello - the station is now home to the local tourist bureau. Like the nearby Château Montebello, the train station was built entirely of red cedar logs, a style of construction influenced
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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