VIA Rail Restores Service to Churchill After 18-Month Outage

VIA Rail Canada has announced that passenger train service has resumed in northern Manitoba, between Gillam and Churchill, on December 2, 2018. Trains are once again traveling in both directions, according to the regular schedule that was in effect prior to the suspension of service in spring 2017.

Upon completion of the repairs and inspections that were required, the infrastructure owner, Arctic Gateway, confirmed that the track is now safe for passenger operations. The Gillam – Churchill route has been restored following the suspension of service in May 2017 after major flooding severely damaged the rails.

“We are very pleased to be able to once again offer passenger transport service throughout northern Manitoba. We understand the major inconveniences the interruption of this essential service may have caused the people living along the Winnipeg – Churchill route, and specially the Town of Churchill” said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail. “The restoration of service will enable VIA Rail to continue to honour its commitment to remote communities, and enable those in northern Manitoba to hopefully return to a more normal life by being better connected, especially with the holiday season right around the corner. Moreover, the reopening of this Adventure route will satisfy visitors smitten by the vast landscapes of the area.”

VIA Rail invites customers to buy their tickets today online at or by phone by calling 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245) or 1 800 268-9503 (for persons who are hard of hearing).

Schedule as of Sunday, December 2, 2018*

Train 693 Train 691
Winnipeg dep 12:05 Sun+Tue
The Pas arr 01:45 Mon+Wed
dep 02:30 Mon+Wed 02:30 Fri
Thompson arr 12:00 Mon+Wed 12:00 Fri
dep 17:00 Mon+Wed 17:00 Fri
Gillam dep 23:30 Mon+Wed 23:30 Fri
Churchill arr 09:00 Tue+Thu 09:00 Sat
Train 690 Train 692
Churchill dep 19:30 Tue 19:30 Thu+Sat
Gillam dep 05:30 Wed 05:30 Fri+Sun
Thompson arr 11:30 Wed 11:30 Fri+Sun
dep 14:00 Wed 14:00 Fri+Sun
The Pas arr 23:30 Wed 23:30 Fri+Sun
dep 03:15 Sat+Mon
Winnipeg arr 16:45 Sat+Mon

* Main stops only. Please visit for a full list of stops.

Image: Alex de Vries/The Canadian Press Files

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