Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Crews Working Daily to Repair Broken Rail Line to Churchill in Northern Manitoba

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Crews Working Daily to Repair Broken Rail Line to Churchill in Northern Manitoba

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Repairs underway on broken Churchill rail line

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CHURCHILL, Man. - The partnership taking over a railway that runs to Churchill in northern Manitoba says work is underway to repair tracks that have been washed out for more than a year.

Murad Al-Katib of Arctic Gateway Group says repairs began last week on the line between Gillam and Churchill.

He says crews are working each day but it's not known when repairs will be complete.

About 20 sections of track were washed out during a flood in May 2017, halting ground transportation to Churchill.

The rail line is the only land link to the town on Hudson Bay, and damage from the flooding has forced fuel and food to be flown or sent in by ship at exorbitant costs.

Earlier this month, the federal government announced a sale, along with long-term financial aid, to the new owners of the Hudson Bay Railway, the Port of Churchill and the Churchill Marine Tank Farm. …

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