June 9, 2017
VIA RAIL SERVICE BETWEEN CHURCHILL AND GILLAM SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY DUE TO CLOSURE OF THE RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE IN NORTHERN MANITOBA
Winnipeg, June 9, 2017 – VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) was advised by Omnitrax that service on the railway from Amery (north east of Gillam, MB) to Churchill, in northern Manitoba, has been suspended indefinitely. VIA Rail is communicating with customers who have reservations on the impacted trains. No alternative mode of transportation will be provided. VIA Rail will resume its services between Gillam and Churchill once inspections of the railway have been completed and the track is back in operation.
At this time, passenger train service continues to be offered between Winnipeg and Gillam. Going south, departures of the train from Gillam are scheduled on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Wednesday departures operate between Gillam and The Pas. Going north, Sunday and Tuesday departures of the train operate between Winnipeg and Gillam. Friday departures operate between The Pas and Gillam. No alternate transportation between Gillam and Churchill is being offered.
VIA Rail thanks its customers for their understanding, and apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the suspension of service. Customers wishing to modify their reservation may do so at no additional charge by calling 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245) or 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired).
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail (viarail.ca) and its 2,700 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years. For more information, visit: www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail.