WINNIPEG, April 20, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Hudson Bay Railway has informed VIA Rail Canada that the washout on the Wekusko Subdivision rendering the rail line temporarily impassable between The Pas and Wabowden is still not back in operation today, as originally hoped.
VIA Rail wishes to advise travellers that the northbound departure of train 693, due to leave The Pas Friday morning, April 20, at 2:30am, has been cancelled between The Pas and Thompson only. A fresh train 693 will however originate in Thompson at 5:00pm today en route to Gillam and Churchill.
Furthermore, VIA wishes to advise travelers that the southbound departure from Thompson to The Pas, due to leave Thompson at 2:00pm today, has been cancelled between Thompson and The Pas only. A fresh train 692 will originate from The Pas at 3:15am tomorrow morning, Saturday April 21, en route to Dauphin and Winnipeg.
The Hudson Bay Railway has indicated to VIA that they expect repairs to be completed in time for the next VIA trains to be able to pass through unimpeded. This would be northbound train 693 from Winnipeg on Sunday at 12:05pm, and southbound train 692 from Churchill on Saturday evening at 7:30pm.
VIA wishes to apologize for any inconvenience this disruption may cause to its passengers.
Customers wishing further information or to reserve a ticket may call 1 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245). Bookings may also be made online at viarail.ca. Prior to travel, passengers are advised to call 1 888-842-6348 to determine the on-time status of specific trains in northern Manitoba only.
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