For immediate release - July 9, 2009
Schedule Changes to VIA's Winnipeg to Churchill Service
Trains 692 and 693 will operate two weekly roundtrips between Winnipeg and Churchill with one additional roundtrip between Churchill and The Pas
Winnipeg - VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise travellers that due to significant track improvement and upgrading work that the track owner, Omnitrax, is scheduled to begin shortly on the Hudson Bay Railway (HBR) and continue through the fall, VIA's train times are expected to be significantly affected. Hence, VIA will be modifying its schedule for trains 692 and 693 between Winnipeg and Churchill. Effective July 12, 2009, VIA will operate two times per week between Winnipeg and Churchill with one additional train per week operating between Churchill and The Pas.
As a result of this ongoing work program, VIA's northbound train 693 will depart Winnipeg every Sunday and Tuesday at 12:05pm, arriving at The Pas on Monday and Wednesday at 01:45. Train 693 will depart The Pas at 02:30 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday arriving in Churchill the following Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings respectively.
Southbound train 692 will depart Churchill on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, arriving at The Pas at 11:30pm on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Train 692 will depart The Pas on Saturday and Monday only at 03:15 and arrive in Winnipeg on Saturday and Monday afternoons respectively. For a full list of arrival and departure times, please see the attached schedule.
VIA will re-evaluate this situation later this fall to determine the best operating schedule for its Winnipeg-Churchill service going forward.
VIA wishes to apologize for any inconvenience these schedule changes may cause to its passengers. Passengers are advised to call 1 888-842-6348 to determine the status of the train prior to arriving at their stop. Customers wishing further information may call 1 888-842-6348 or 1 888-VIA RAIL (842-7245).
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