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Quebec Railway Stations

Lac Mégantic

  • Image of railway station

    Canadian Pacific Railway

    Publisher: PECO, ca. 1930s

  • Image of railway station

    Canadian Pacific Railway

    ca. 1940s

The Lac Mégantic station was built by the CPR in 1926. There were two additions in 1930 and 1950. The station is a recognized heritage structure.

In 1995 CPR began selling off portions of the line in bits and pieces. This section eventually ended up in the hands of the US-based Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA). On July 6, 2013 an unattended runaway train, pulling 74 cars of crude oil, derailed in the centre of town killing 47 people and destroying 30 buildings. Three MMA employees were charged with criminal negligence and are still before the courts. It remains one of the worst rail disasters in Canadian history.