Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Company Pulls out of Running to Takeover Northern Manitoba Rail Line

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Company Pulls out of Running to Takeover Northern Manitoba Rail Line

Article excerpt

One bidder out of Churchill rail race

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WINNIPEG - A company that announced a surprise bid earlier this month to revive a troubled rail line in northern Manitoba has pulled out.

iChurchill accuses the federal government of not taking its bid seriously and of focusing on a competing bid that includes many of the communities in the region.

Severe flooding a year ago washed out the rail line to Churchill, Man., which is the only land link to the subarctic community of 900 on the shore of Hudson Bay.

Since then, prices for food and other items have risen and the tourism industry of Churchill, a community known for polar bears, has been hit hard.

The railway's owner, Denver-based Omnitrax, has said it cannot afford to repair the rail line and wants, with government help, to transfer ownership to local communities. …

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