The big construction project on repairing the rail line and clearing the washouts to renew the railway connection between Churchill and Gillam is almost finished. The federal government announced the investment of $117 million for the repair works and for dealing with the washout damages.
The workers from Churchill and a massive workforce that was brought for out of town together finished the project with no delays and trains will be running the route very soon.
Also to remind you, September 16th a derailment happened near Ponton, Manitoba. It happened on the Hudson Bay Railway line and one person dead, another one was injured. A 38-year-old man died at the scene, one more worker had been airlifted to the nearest hospital with injuries. In the section where the rail service was cut, there is a line between Winnipeg and Gillam, there are a lot of people traveling this route every day. Gillam is about 740 kilometers to the north from Winnipeg, so if you have to go that route, you need to plan ahead and find another means of transportation, consider driving, getting e ride from a co-worker or friend, or possibly flying to Gillam airport.
As per company spokesperson, there is no timeline for clearing the line and repair works to get the line ready for passenger and cargo transportation, so they do not have the estimated date yet for when the line will be open.