Travel Advisory - VIA's Winnipeg-Churchill service returning to thrice-weekly schedule -- but operator advises VIA of delays through November as track maintenance continues



    MONTREAL, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - VIA Rail Canada is pleased to advise
travellers that it will be returning to a full thrice-weekly schedule between
Winnipeg and Churchill, starting September 28, 2008. The northbound train 693
will leave Winnipeg every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7:20pm. Southbound
train 692 is scheduled to leave Churchill every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
at 8:30pm.
    However, at the same time, Hudson Bay Railway has informed VIA that due
to necessary track repairs and upgrades, it should expect delays to trains 692
and 693 over the coming weeks. The track maintenance being carried out by the
Hudson Bay Railway, which began in early September, is scheduled to be
completed by the end of November.
    To give customers an idea of likely travel times, VIA advises that during
this period, northbound train 693 is expected to arrive in Churchill at
approximately 6pm, instead of the scheduled time of 11:30am. As a result, the
departure of southbound train 692 from Churchill is expected to be delayed
until 2:00am, arriving in The Pas two days later at approximately 8:30am and
in Winnipeg at approximately 9:00pm.
    As the result of the restoration of thrice-weekly service, the interim
mid-week local service between Thompson and Gillam will be discontinued with
the last run being made from Thompson on Wednesday, September 24, and back
from Gillam on Thursday, September 25.
    VIA wishes to apologize for any inconvenience these delays may cause to
its passengers. Passengers are advised to call 1 888-842-6348 to determine the
status of the train prior to arriving at their stop. Customers wishing further
information may visit viarail.ca or call 1 888-842-6348 or 1 888-VIA RAIL
(842-7245).





For further information:

For further information: VIA contacts: Malcolm Andrews, (514) 871-6604;
Ashley Doyle, (416) 956-7613


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