In the 1960's, Canadian Pacific Railway's efforts to exit the passenger business did not spare the Megantic Subdivision. Daily passenger trains 202 and 203 were casualties missing from the October 1964 schedules. Loss of these trains eliminated passenger service to the small communities between Sherbrooke and Megantic. Whether it was political pressure, public pressure or a combination of both, trains 202 and 203 were reinstated and appeared again in the April 1965 schedules. Indeed a rare occurrence. Very few Canadian Pacific passenger trains ever made a comeback after they were discontinued.
Within the following twelve months, the Milan train station was demolished and was replaced by a corrugated galvanized steel shelter.
By the end of April 1966, trains 202 and 203 had permanently passed into railway history. Passenger train services to stations between Sherbrooke and Megantic did continue though, handled by trains 206 and 201 which had their schedules adjusted to operate between Montreal and Megantic instead of Montreal and Sherbrooke as previously.
The following abstracts from CPR's public timetables reveal the end result; one less daily round-trip train between Montreal and Sherbrooke.
|Abstract from Canadian Pacific Railway public timetable issued October 31,1965|
Abstract from Canadian Pacific Railway public timetable issued April 24, 1966
The Oddblock Station Agent
Addendum October 04, 2013
An unexpected find from the internet.
|CP9112 in Train 203 at Megantic, Quebec. No date given but would appear to have been late 1950's or early 1960's. (Bill Linley photo)|