ACR Passenger Rail Service Ceases July 15th


SaultOnline just received the following statement by CN and ACR Regional Stakeholder Passenger Service Working Group.

Sault Ste. Marie-Hearst, Ont., passenger train service to cease July 15 after rail operator, Railmark Canada Ltd., unable to obtain financing.

July 9, 2015 — The passenger train service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, Ont., will cease July 15, 2015, CN said today.

The termination stems from the inability of the train’s current operator, Railmark Canada Ltd., to obtain financing.

CN discontinued its operation of the passenger train on May 1, 2015.

CN, the ACR Passenger Service Stakeholders Working Group and Transport Canada have been in regular discussions and continue to explore short- and long-term solutions to resolve this situation.

CN will continue to operate the Agawa Canyon Tour Train daily for the season ending Oct. 12, 2015. The tour train takes passengers on a one-day wilderness excursion 114 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie.