VIA's Hudson Bay to Host Elite Group of Travel Writers

    Special Departure - Winnipeg-Churchill services modified August 12-15

    WINNIPEG, July 24 /CNW/ - VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise travellers of
a once-only change in schedule to its north and southbound Hudson Bay services
between Winnipeg and Churchill from Tuesday, August 12 to Friday, August 15.
On August 12, VIA will be welcoming the Canadian Chapter of the Society of
American Travel Writers for their annual meeting as part of their tour of
northern Manitoba. As a result, special departure times have been scheduled
for Train no's 693 and 692 for one roundtrip only.
    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 special departure times may cause to
its passengers. Customers wishing further information may go to or
call 1 888 VIA-RAIL (842-7245), TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired).

For further information:

For further information: VIA contacts: Catherine Kaloutsky, Corporate
Communications, (416) 956-7683; Ashley Doyle, Corporate Communications, (416)

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