Freight train service from Thompson to Churchill resumes
A freight train has departed from Thompson to Churchill, Man., for the first time since a derailment shut down the Hudson Bay Railway line last week.
The first freight train left the station in Thompson at 3 p.m. Wednesday and is expected to arrive in Churchill at noon on Thursday, according to OmniTrax Canada.
The train is transporting supplies to northern communities, the company stated in a news release.
The rail line was temporarily shut down after 13 grain cars from a 50-car train, which was carrying grain, derailed south of Churchill on June 2.
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OmniTrax says Transport Canada has given the repaired rail line the green light after successful test runs.
"Following thorough inspections by our experienced track inspectors, and the successful runs of two separate test trains, we are very pleased to welcome customers back onto the line to serve the communities of the North," said OmniTrax Canada president Merv Tweed stated in the release.
"We appreciate the patience our customers have shown and we look forward to serving them all in the future."
The derailment also forced Via Rail to suspend its passenger train service between Winnipeg and Churchill.
On Wednesday, Via says its Gillam-Churchill service will resume once the rail track is deemed to be safe for passenger train operations.
The company re-introduced its Winnipeg-Gillam and The Pas-Gillam schedules earlier this week.