June 16, 2019

Festivities set for shiny, new VIA Rail train

John Brown, a Greenville business owner, will lead festivities early Tuesday, Oct. 27, when a newly equipped VIA Rail Canada passenger train pulls in at the depot at Greenville Junction at 1:45 a.m.

Brown said plans were under way for people who plan to greet the train to meet at the Cabbage Patch Restaurant, which is about 1,500 feet from the train stop at the former Canadian Pacific Railway station.

“We’ll keep the restaurant open especially for the occasion,” he said. “We’re looking for entertainers who would like to donate their services for the welcoming ceremony.”

Town and county officials are expected to participate in the informal ceremony, one of several that will be conducted in eastern Quebec and the Maritime Provinces as VIA Rail’s Train 12, the Atlantic, makes its inaugural run from Montreal to Halifax, Nova Scotia, with new passenger cars.

Brown said accommodations would be available on the train for passengers to board and ride to Brownville Junction. Tickets, which cost $9, will be available from the conductor on the train. Those who plan to take the train ride will have to make other arrangements to return to Greenville by highway.

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