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Churchill VIA service

Postby Mark0f0 » Sat Aug 06, 2016 1:27 am

Recently on the news, there's been lots of talk about the Port of Churchill essentially being shut down, and scheduled freight service being reduced to 1X weekly to Churchill. The owners of the tracks and the port, Omnitrax, looking to sell their stake.

The wise part of me believes that the 'writing is on the wall" for VIA's service to Churchill. With minimal freight service, VIA, with their 6 trains a week over the track, will be the prime user of the line and the implied dramatic escalation in costs is probably too much even for VIA to stomach in Montreal.

Is my assessment reasonable? Is it really going to happen?
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Re: Churchill VIA service

Postby NS VIA FAN » Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:38 am

This may be just a tactic to speed up negations by Omnitrax with the Government or a First Nation group to take over the operations of the railway and the port......So it will be interesting to see what happens to VIA's service between Winnipeg and Churchill.

Perhaps not a through train all the way to Winnipeg.....but the isolated communities along this line north of The Pas (pronounced Paw) and Thompson and on into Churchill would still require some type of passenger service. The operations could be turned over to a First Nation group just as VIA did with the Pukatawagan train....also in northern Manitoba and now operated by the Keewatin Railway:

Here's the Pukatawagan Mixed that still uses the old VIA Blue Fleet equipment.
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