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Old October 18th, 2017, 06:12 AM   #481
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Temporary repairs to Churchill rail line could get it running in 30 days: Consultant report
Repairs would cost up to $10M and enable supplies to get to northern Manitoba community over the winter
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Oct 16, 2017

A temporary repair proposal outlines how Omnitrax could get rail service returned to Churchill, Man. in 30 days, according a report on the Denver-based company's website.

The report, prepared for the company by engineering consultants AECOM and dated Oct. 6, explains a 30-day plan to restore restricted service to the line by performing temporary repairs at a cost of between $5 million and $10 million.

"Once these temporary repairs are completed, the line could be re-opened for very restricted service until the full plan to perform permanent repairs is completed in 2018," the report said.

Standing in the freshly falling snow, Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said he doesn't think Omnitrax is serious about the plan and the company is just "playing games with our community."

"If we can do it great, but come on, it's getting late. This should have been done earlier this summer," he said.

After a winter of blizzards and a spring of severe flooding, sections of the rail line to Churchill, a community of 900 located about 1,000 kilometres north of Winnipeg, washed out, leaving it without a ground transport connection.

The engineering consultants did a different report for Omnitrax, prepared in August, which included a 60-day plan to restore rail service at a cost of about $43.5 million. That report said there were more than 20 washouts from the late-May flood that swamped portions of a 249-kilometre stretch of the line, and identified damage in 130 locations.

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Old December 12th, 2017, 09:06 AM   #484
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Despite being one of the richest countries, Canada has by any measure the worst intercity passenger rail service in the developed world.
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Old December 12th, 2017, 03:21 PM   #485
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Such a shame, too. Big cities with relatively well-developed urban cores on generally flat terrain. Maybe the high speed rail proposed in Ontario will spur things a bit.
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It might help for Ontario but there are even bigger cities devoid of any passenger rail leading out of the city. I hereby recall the infamously isolated Calgary (1M> city, just 300km away from Edmonton, and there's even a railway line between the two for freight!). Upgrading that line for a slight speed increase and having a few round-trips per day with varying stop patterns (e.g. some calling at Red Deer) can make this thing a success.
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the plans for upgrades for VIA in the Windsor-Quebec city corridor would also help. Being able to do Toronto-Ottawa in 2.5 hours reliably would go a long way, especially if HSR happens to Windsor.
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