Public Service Announcement - Latest Hudson Bay Railway Derailment Disrupts VIA Services Between Churchill and Thompson, in Both Directions

    WINNIPEG, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Another HBR (Hudson Bay Railway) derailment
near Dyce, Manitoba has disrupted once again regular VIA Rail services between
Churchill and Thompson, in both directions. Monday's latest derailment has
also delayed today's evening departure of VIA's southbound train from
Churchill, Manitoba.
    VIA's northbound train no. 693 from Winnipeg to Churchill will be
terminated in Thompson. VIA has made alternate transportation for passengers
travelling between Thompson and Churchill.
    Under normal conditions the equipment from train no. 693 is turned at
Churchill to become train no. 692. As a consequence of the HBR derailment and
the subsequent termination of VIA train no. 693 in Thompson, VIA is also
arranging for passengers scheduled to depart Churchill on train no. 692 this
evening, to be flown from Churchill to Thompson where they will board the
train for the remainder of their trip.
    VIA is actively trying to contact passengers who are holding tickets for
this train to advise them of the exact departure time.
    As soon as VIA receives information from HBR regarding when the track
will be re-opened, passengers and the public will be informed.
    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 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245) or 888-842-6348.

    Further updates will be issued as required.

For further information:

For further information: VIA Media Contact: Seychelle Harding, (514)
871-6119, (514) 887-6119; Catherine Kaloutsky, (416) 956-7683

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