Rivers railway station

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Rivers
Rivers Train Station.JPG
Location Hwy 250 & Hwy 25, Rivers, Manitoba
Canada
Coordinates 50°01′44″N 100°14′19″W / 50.02889°N 100.23861°W / 50.02889; -100.23861Coordinates: 50°01′44″N 100°14′19″W / 50.02889°N 100.23861°W / 50.02889; -100.23861
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Construction
Parking yes
History
Opened 1917
Previous names Grand Trunk Pacific Railway
Services
Preceding station   VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Via Rail   Following station
toward Vancouver
Canadian
toward Toronto

The Rivers railway station is on the Canadian National Railway mainline in Rivers, Manitoba, in the centre of town. The station is served by Via Rail's The Canadian three times per week in each direction.[1] The station operates as a flag stop with 48-hour advance notice.

The station was originally built in 1917 for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The station building is a 1½ story structure made of concrete to halfway up the first story, brick to the roof line.[2] The station building was closed in the 1990s, however trains continued to serve the community as a flag stop. The station was designated a national historic site in 1992.[3] A local community group is working on restoring the building.

In 2008, Via Rail (Via) relocated its facilities serving The Canadian from Brandon North railway station (located 23 km away) to the Rivers railway station.[4]

Stranding[edit]

On March 1, 2011, Via passengers traveling east were stranded for 15 hours due to a Canadian National freight train becoming disabled near Rivers.[5] The line was reopened, but this delay suspended Via's service between Winnipeg and Toronto in both directions.[6] Consequently, Via had to make arrangements to accommodate about 70 affected passengers, including providing alternate transportation for them.[7] Regular service was expected to resume the following Thursday for the Winnipeg to Toronto route, and on the next Saturday for the opposite direction.[8][9]

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