Public Service Announcement - VIA Services in Northern Manitoba Disrupted Following Hudson Bay Railway Track Washout Near Thompson Manitoba



    WINNIPEG, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - Due to a HBR (Hudson Bay Railway) track washout
caused by flooding near Thompson, Manitoba earlier today, regular VIA Rail
services between Winnipeg and Churchill, in both directions, have been
affected.
    The washout is causing substantial delays in the area, to both VIA's
north and southbound trains currently enroute and stopped, waiting for the
line to be reopened. Unfortunately VIA's attempts to secure alternate
transportation were unsuccessful.
    As a result of this disruption, VIA has also had to temporarily suspend
new ticket sales on all trains on the affected routes.
    VIA train no. 693 from Winnipeg to Churchill (August 8th), is expected to
be delayed approximately 15 hours. VIA train no. 692 from Churchill to
Winnipeg (which departed August 9th) is expected to be delayed 16 hours due to
the washout and awaiting HBR locomotive engineers in Thompson, delayed by the
washout.
    VIA also anticipates that the departure of train 692 on Saturday,
August 11th from Churchill to Winnipeg will delayed due to the late arrival of
VIA train no. 693 into Churchill. This train will become southbound train no.
692. VIA is making every effort to contact passengers holding tickets for this
train to advise them of the departure time.
    VIA train no. 693 operates from Winnipeg to Churchill, every Tuesday,
Thursday and Sunday. Southbound train no. 692 operates from Churchill to
Winnipeg on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    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: Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate Communications,
(647) 228-1127; Frederick Wallace, Corporate Communications, (514) 409-4650


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