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#1 Seaboard92

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Posted 01 September 2018 - 12:28 AM

Finally some good news to report on Amtrak Unlimited. The Hudson Bay Railway owned by OmniTrax that has been out of service since last year has been sold. It looks like a consortium of First Nations People have bought the line.

And the even better news repairs have already started and they strive to have the line open by winter. So maybe the VIA Hudson Bay will return this year.
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Posted 01 September 2018 - 06:32 AM

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Posted 05 September 2018 - 03:20 PM

Link to an article regarding this: https://calgaryheral...3a-8c3526c19d88

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Posted 05 September 2018 - 03:38 PM

Link to an article regarding this: https://calgaryheral...3a-8c3526c19d88

Interesting article, but noted one glaring error:  "Stephens noted the closest Canadian shipping port to Asia is Prince Rupert, B.C., and the closest to Europe is Montreal."

Last time I checked, Halifax was a whole lot closer to Europe than Montreal....

 

Regardless, it is good news that the port will be reopened to freight and passenger traffic.   I am hoping that some day, some expedition cruise ships may offer an additional means of reaching Churchill.   What a grand combination trip that could make...one way by rail, the other by sea. :cool:


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Posted 21 September 2018 - 03:20 PM


Link to an article regarding this: https://calgaryheral...3a-8c3526c19d88

Interesting article, but noted one glaring error:  "Stephens noted the closest Canadian shipping port to Asia is Prince Rupert, B.C., and the closest to Europe is Montreal."
Last time I checked, Halifax was a whole lot closer to Europe than Montreal....
 
Regardless, it is good news that the port will be reopened to freight and passenger traffic.   I am hoping that some day, some expedition cruise ships may offer an additional means of reaching Churchill.   What a grand combination trip that could make...one way by rail, the other by sea. :cool:

Actually, St. Johns, Nfld. is closer to Europe than Halifax. Though I don't know how much shipping there is out of St. Johns.

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Posted 21 September 2018 - 11:41 PM

 

 

Link to an article regarding this: https://calgaryheral...3a-8c3526c19d88

Interesting article, but noted one glaring error:  "Stephens noted the closest Canadian shipping port to Asia is Prince Rupert, B.C., and the closest to Europe is Montreal."
Last time I checked, Halifax was a whole lot closer to Europe than Montreal....
 
Regardless, it is good news that the port will be reopened to freight and passenger traffic.   I am hoping that some day, some expedition cruise ships may offer an additional means of reaching Churchill.   What a grand combination trip that could make...one way by rail, the other by sea. :cool:

Actually, St. Johns, Nfld. is closer to Europe than Halifax. Though I don't know how much shipping there is out of St. Johns.

 

You are correct....basically St. John's is a port mainly to serve the island of Newfoundland.   Halifax is a major port for all of Canada.


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 11:27 AM

Churchill rail repairs nearly done

 

My favorite part of the article:

 

Churchill resident Patricia Kinduirin is helping plan a street party to celebrate the trains rolling back to town. There will be food, music and a bonfire — so to speak.

 

"I have an Omnitrax banner that I am going to burn at our party," Kinduirin said, referring to the company that formerly owned the railway.

 


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 12:46 PM

I suspect that when passenger service does resume, it will not fall under VIA Rail...more like this...

http://www.tshiuetin.net/index_an.html


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Posted 12 October 2018 - 06:12 PM

I suspect that when passenger service does resume, it will not fall under VIA Rail...more like this...
http://www.tshiuetin.net/index_an.html

I've heard rumors that they won't run the train all the way to Winnipeg when service does resume. So I don't think that the train will be the same when the time comes.

If I won the lottery, I'd probably build a passenger from nowhere to nowhere.





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