Public Service Announcement - VIA's Hudson Bay Operations Returning to Normal

    WINNIPEG, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise travellers
that following a difficult week of operational disruptions resulting from
Hudson Bay Railway (HBR) derailments in Northern Manitoba, expects to return
to normal operations later this week. HBR has confirmed that the section of
track between Gillam and Thompson which was shut down yesterday following a
single-car derailment near Ilford, Manitoba, will re-open later this
    One important exception is the departure of Tuesday evening's northbound
train from Winnipeg to Churchill, and Thursday evening's southbound train from
Churchill to Winnipeg.
    The adjusted departure/arrival times at key stations for northbound train
693 are as follows:

    Tuesday, August 12

    -   Depart Winnipeg 8:00pm

    Wednesday, August 13
    -   Depart Dauphin 12:58am
    -   Arrive The Pas 10:00am
    -   Depart The Pas 10:30am
    -   Depart Wabowden 3:15pm
    -   Depart Thicket Portage 5:25pm
    -   Arrive Thompson Junction 6:00pm(*)
    -   Depart Thompson Junction 7:00pm(*)
    -   Arrive Thompson Station 8:45pm(*)
    -   Depart Pikwitonei 8:15pm
    -   Depart Ilford 11:45pm

    Thursday, August 14

    -   Depart Gillam 1:30am
    -   Arrive Churchill 2:00pm

    (*) Shuttle Service will operate between Thompson and Thompson Junction
    for local passengers.

    Again, for this occasion only, once-weekly train 993 from Thompson to
Gillam will leave Thompson at 4:30pm on Wednesday, August 13 instead of the
usual 7:00pm. Finally, train 992 from Gillam to Thompson will not operate on
Thursday, August 14.
    For southbound train 692, the adjusted departure/arrival times at key
stations are as follows:

    Thursday, August 14

    -   Depart Churchill 10:00pm

    Friday, August 15

    -   Depart Gillam 11:00am
    -   Depart Ilford 1:00pm
    -   Depart Pikwitonei 4:30pm
    -   Arrive Thompson 6:30pm
    -   Depart Thompson 7:30pm
    -   Depart Thicket Portage 9:35pm
    -   Depart Wabowden 11:45pm

    Saturday, August 16

    -   Arrive The Pas 4:30am
    -   Depart The Pas 5:00am
    -   Arrive Winnipeg 7:00pm

    VIA regrets any inconvenience these recent disruptions to its service may
have caused to its passengers. Customers wishing further information may go to or call 1 888 VIA-RAIL (842-7245), TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing

For further information:

For further information: VIA contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate
Communications, (647) 228-1127

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