Deal Reached on Rail Line to Churchill - Finally!


Mowich
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‘This is Historic:’ Deal Reached on Broken Rail Line to Churchill in Manitoba
August 31, 2018 08:16 PM in The Canadian Press

By The Canadian Press



An aerial view of the rail line and Via Rail station is shown in Churchill, Manitoba, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. A deal has been reached to sell and repair a broken rail line that is the only land link for the northern Manitoba town of Churchill. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)CHURCHILL, Man. – A deal has been reached to sell and repair a broken rail line that is the only land link for the northern Manitoba town of Churchill.

The community on Hudson Bay has been isolated since spring flooding in 2017 damaged the line and forced fuel and food to be flown in at skyrocketing costs.

The town said the deal includes the sale of the Hudson Bay Railway, the Port of Churchill and the Churchill Marine Tank Farm.

“This is great news,” Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said in an interview. “This is historic.”

A news release from the federal government late Friday said the assets have been purchased by the Arctic Gateway Group, a private-public partnership of Missinippi Rail Limited Partnership, Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings and AGT Limited Partnership.

It said they are fully committed to the restoration of the Hudson Bay rail line.

“I want Canadians living in northern Manitoba and Nunavut to know that the government of Canada understands the importance of the line to their daily lives,” said Jim Carr, the minister of international trade diversification.

Dominic LeBlanc, the minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and trade, added that it’s an important rail line for the people of Churchill and the surrounding communities who depend on it for their food supply and export of their grain.

It’s not clear how quickly repairs to the line can be done, but officials said in the news release that construction crews are mobilizing.

“Phase one of the project will be to repair the rail line, undertake safety and rehabilitation upgrades to the port and the railway assets,” said Paul Rivett, director of Arctic Gateway Group. “We will commence the repairs and do all we can to restore service expeditiously and safely.

“We are racing against time.”

Hudson Bay Railway has said the line has been losing money for years and the necessary repairs would cost tens of millions of dollars.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said the deal is positive for all Manitobans, particularly those who live in Churchill and northern Manitoba.

“We are hopeful the repair of the rail line can occur as soon as possible so that service can be resumed before freeze-up,” he said in a statement.

Pallister said, however, that they have made the financial commitments and logistical arrangements to ensure propane resupply for the winter.

Spence said he’s hoping the work can start next week and be completed this fall.

“We’ll let the contractors get it done and we’ll monitor it, naturally,” said the mayor. “We’re hoping this can get done in record time.”

Spence added that the deal is the light at the end of the tunnel.

“This community has been so solid, so strong and it’s been challenging, it’s been so difficult,” he said. “This afternoon, this evening, some of the folks I’ve just talked to are so happy, so pleased, and very excited about a bright future.”

https://www.chrisd.ca/2018/08/31/chu...ine-sale-deal/
 
petros
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Dobra!!!
 
MHz
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Now to hire a few Hobos to paint the boxcars with messages that get them to pass it so feeding the bears after death is an option with a low carbon footy print.
 
Mowich
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Dobra!!!


I am so happy and relieved for the citizens of Churchill, pete. It was as if they were just written off and forgotten once the line was washed out. I can't imagine how the folks were able to make it through considering the enormous added costs they were paying for every single commodity that had to be transported by plane or barge. Happy Day for the community.
 
MHz
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Funny how rivers will do that eh. Sometimes it almost seems planned.

I hear this place is deserted after 12. Best catch a nap, lol.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

I am so happy and relieved for the citizens of Churchill, pete. It was as if they were just written off and forgotten once the line was washed out. I can't imagine how the folks were able to make it through considering the enormous added costs they were paying for every single commodity that had to be transported by plane or barge. Happy Day for the community.

That line runs through Kamsack. It's a bucket list ride that you can wave it down and hop on or off anywhere along the route.
 
Danbones
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So where do the buyers expect to make profits off this deal?
 
MHz
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At one time the mines were going to be used as a grow-op. Pretty big one if you need to ship by rail.
 
petros
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Trout Lake
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

So where do the buyers expect to make profits off this deal?

Oilexports. Since there is a perfectly good portion there and the ecotards prefer rail over pipelines win win.

Lots of minerals in the area to export for processing and buy back as trinkets too.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

I am so happy and relieved for the citizens of Churchill, pete. It was as if they were just written off and forgotten once the line was washed out. I can't imagine how the folks were able to make it through considering the enormous added costs they were paying for every single commodity that had to be transported by plane or barge. Happy Day for the community.

It is a strategically important place to Canada. We're not very good at recognising these things in this country.
 
taxslave
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Due to Globull warming Chuurchhill will become a seaside resort community in no time.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Due to Globull warming Chuurchhill will become a seaside resort community in no time.

...a busier port, most likely.
 
bill barilko
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Quote:

it’s an important rail line for the people of Churchill and the surrounding communities who depend on it for their food supply and export of their grain.

I wonder just how much grain is grown in the subarctic wilderness?


Quote:

It’s not clear how quickly repairs to the line can be done, but officials said in the news release that construction crews are mobilizing.


Like I said on the CBC-there are three seasons in Manitoba-almost Winter, Winter and Construction and the latter is past nothing is going to happen for years yet if ever.

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“Phase one of the project will be to repair the rail line, undertake safety and rehabilitation upgrades to the port and the railway assets,” said Paul Rivett, director of Arctic Gateway Group. “We will commence the repairs and do all we can to restore service expeditiously and safely.

Blah, Blah, Blah...show me the money.

Quote:

“We are racing against time.”


You've already lost.
 
petros
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Winter is construction season on that line.

Muskeg, more muskeg followed by muskeg that needs to be frozen.
 
Mowich
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Company fixing Churchill rail line says repairs will be complete in 60 days


www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/churchill-railway-repairs-beginning-1.4810424
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

Company fixing Churchill rail line says repairs will be complete in 60 days
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/churchill-railway-repairs-beginning-1.4810424

It’s a gubmint contract so I doubt they will meet the 60 day promise.
 
bill barilko
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

Company fixing Churchill rail line says repairs will be complete in 60 days

Oh FFS!

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"This is state-of-the-art technology that really has never been tried before in Canada. It's been utilized in the world, but not in Canada," said Breault.


Wait until the spring melt and see why it's never been tried.

They need Russian technology to deal with these issues-the issue of course is that Russia has never found anything that works.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Winter is construction season on that line.
Muskeg, more muskeg followed by muskeg that needs to be frozen.

All that you can do is keep pouring ballast on to the rail bed as it slowly sinks into the goo.
 
petros
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Log pilings.
 
Twin_Moose
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Ottawa puts up $117M to restore northern rail line

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WINNIPEG - The agreement to restore rail service to the town of Churchill in northern Manitoba will include at least $117 million from the federal government.
The federal funding consists of $74 million to help repair the damaged rail line and buy it, along with the town's port, from Denver-based Omnitrax. Ottawa is also committing another $43 million over 10 years to subsidize operations of the rail line.
"Repair work on the rail line has already begun ... and every effort is being made to complete the work and restore rail service before winter sets in," International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr said at a news conference Friday that offered few details on what others involved in the deal are putting up.
The rail line is the only land link to the subarctic community of 900 people, known for its polar bear tourist season and port on the western shore of Hudson Bay.
The line was washed out by flooding in the spring of 2017. Since then, goods and people have had to be flown in and prices for groceries and fuel have skyrocketed.
The tourist economy was hit hard, and some residents left town.
Two weeks ago, after months of negotiations, a consortium called Arctic Gateway Group hammered out a deal to buy the line and port from Omnitrax, which had said it was losing money on the service and could not afford tens of millions of dollars in necessary repairs.
The consortium includes several northern communities, Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings and AGT Food and Ingredients, a Regina-based supplier of pulses and food ingredients.
Carr and consortium officials would not reveal Friday how much money the consortium partners are putting in — they referred to an unspecified pool of money — or how much money Omnitrax is being paid.
Carr would also not say whether the federal government would put up more money if its annual subsidies are not enough to prevent losses.
"You don't talk about hypotheticals in this business."
The rail line was once government-owned, but a former Liberal government sold it to Omnitrax in 1997. The rail line suffered from high maintenance costs due to the vast boggy terrain it covers, and lost a key customer when the Conservative government in 2012 moved to end the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly on western wheat.
Carr said the new ownership group, which includes a built-in customer base with AGT, will make the rail line viable.
Fairfax's president was equally confident the restored line and port has untapped opportunities to ship goods to and from other countries through the Arctic.
"The Russians — we have roughly 50,000 people north of the Arctic circle, they have a million and a half people and I said, 20 per cent of their GDP (goes) through there," Paul Rivett said.
Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said the months that have passed without rail service have been hard on the town. But people from other parts of Canada reached out.
"I had people sending food hampers ... high school students sending cards and school supplies," Spence said. "So we never felt alone."

 
Hoid
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They should challenge Tesla to build a high speed line up there.
 
Twin_Moose
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I'm sure he could promise, design, make a fancy animation, but not deliver Lol
 
petros
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Great idea but let him use his own money.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Log pilings.

Try Preparation H.
 
petros
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What makes you think H pilings are the answer?
 
petros
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H-Piles are dimensionally square structural beams that are driven in the ground for deep foundation applications. Most soils at or near surface do not have the mechanical properties to support large buildings. As you go deeper into the earth's geology, there are layers (bearing strata) capable of doing so.
 
Hoid
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Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

I'm sure he could promise, design, make a fancy animation, but not deliver Lol

all he does is deliver.
 
bill barilko
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Quote:

"You don't talk about hypotheticals in this business."


IOW you (the taxpayer) are being ripped off badly .
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Winter is construction season on that line.
Muskeg, more muskeg followed by muskeg that needs to be frozen.

Need to build big, wide gravel pads on that stuff, like the big beds over permafrost.
 

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