CN freight derailment disrupts VIA service between Toronto Montreal/Ottawa

    TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - Due to a CN freight train derailment near
Cobourg, Ontario, earlier today, VIA Rail Canada is transporting passengers
already holding tickets by motor coach between Toronto and Montreal/Ottawa, in
both directions, until the line is reopened to rail traffic.

    This situation will affect passengers travelling on the following routes,
in either direction:

    -  Toronto-Montreal
    -  Toronto-Ottawa

    VIA trains 60 (Toronto to Montreal) and 44 (Toronto to Ottawa) have been
cancelled due to unavailability of alternate transportation.
    Buses will make all regularly scheduled stops at enroute VIA stations.
VIA will attempt to respect its scheduled departure and arrival times, but
some delays are nonetheless expected.
    VIA is waiving any applicable service charges for cancellations or
changes made as a result of this situation. Customers wishing further
information can call 1-888-VIA-RAIL.
    As a result of this disruption, VIA has also had to temporarily suspend
new ticket sales on all these train services.
    VIA wishes to apologize for any inconvenience and for the expected delays
this disruption may cause to its passengers. Customers wishing further
information may call 1 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245).
    VIA will issue an update as new information becomes available.

For further information:

For further information: VIA contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, VIA
Corporate Communications, (416) 956-7683 (cellular); Seychelle Harding, VIA
Corporate Communications, (514) 887-6119 (cellular)

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