The Winnipeg–Churchill train at Churchill railway station in 1997
|Service type||Inter-city rail|
|Status||Service is active between Winnipeg and Gillam. Service to Churchill is suspended indefinitely due to track damage.|
|Current operator(s)||Via Rail|
|Distance travelled||1,710 km (1,063 mi)|
|Average journey time||36 hours|
|Service frequency||2 trains per week|
|Train number(s)||692 & 693|
|Class(es)||Economy and sleeper class|
|Seating arrangements||Stainless Steel Coach Seat|
|Sleeping arrangements||Stainless Steel Sleepers|
|Catering facilities||Stainless Steel Dining Car|
|Rolling stock||Stainless Steel Cars|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Track owner(s)||CN, HBRY|
The Winnipeg–Churchill train (formerly known as the Hudson Bay and prior to that Northern Spirits) is a semiweekly passenger train operated by Via Rail between Winnipeg and Churchill, Manitoba. It is the only dry land connection between Churchill and the rest of Canada.
The train, which runs through Manitoba and Saskatchewan, leaves Winnipeg in the evening on Tuesday and Sunday and arrives in Churchill early in the morning two days later. The train departs Churchill in the evening on Thursday and Saturday and arrives in Winnipeg early in the morning two days later. An additional service operates between The Pas (leaving Monday) and Churchill (leaving Tuesday)
The journey travels on the Canadian National Railway line north to The Pas where it transfers to the Hudson Bay Railway passing through Wabowden, Manitoba, with a spur from Thicket Portage to Thompson|Thompson]], and Gillam on its way to the Port of Churchill on Hudson Bay, taking approximately 36 hours each way. The train previously served Lynn Lake, service was truncated to Pukatawagan in 2003 by then track owners OmniTRAX citing a loss in freight traffic making the service unprofitable. Via still operates twice weekly service from The Pas to Pukatawagan on behalf of the Keewatin Railway which now owns the Sherridon Subdivision.
Service between Gillam and Churchill has been suspended indefinitely as of May 23, 2017, as floodings have heavily damaged the track bed and bridges.
- "Hudson Bay Rail to end service from Lynn Lake, Man., to Pukatawagan reserve". Canadian Press. 8 December 2003.
- "Via Rail service between Churchill and Gillam suspended indefinitely due to closure of the railway infrastructure in northern Manitoba". VIA Rail Canada Inc. CNW. 2017-06-09. Retrieved 2017-06-10.