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Sudbury campers return home, after frigid wait for delayed train

After being stranded by a train out in the bush near Chapleau for three days, David Marrone and his wife, Kie, are back in Sudbury safe and sound.
Dave Marrone and his wife Kie are back safe in Sudbury. The couple operates a travel company that offers winter camping. A recent trip was extended by three days due to a delayed train. (Jason Turnbull/CBC)
David Marrone and his wife, Kie were waiting a train that was delayed by three days due to a derailment near Timmins after a winter camping trip. 12:37

After being stranded by a train out in the bush near Chapleau for three days, David Marrone and his wife, Kie, are back in Sudbury safe and sound.

The couple owns a travel company called Lure of the North.

They take people out in groups to go winter camping in the bush in northern Ontario and Quebec.

A recent two week adventure was extended when the couple and a group of campers were stranded due to a delayed train.

However, after being three days overdue, the group is now back safely in Sudbury.

Speaking on CBC Radio’s Up North program, David said the group was relieved when the train arrived to pick them up.

“When it rounded that corner and we saw it was not a CN freight, it was the Via passenger, it was a great feeling,” he said.

Kie said the group was safe while waiting three days for the train, but added the situation was stressful.

“Communication is limited,” she said.

“We still have communication for the necessary arrangements. But it’s not like they could call their mom and say … I’m fine.”

The delay in travel isn’t affecting the couple. They’re getting ready to head out on another two week adventure starting this weekend.

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