Manitoba mixed train

Most trains hauling both freight and passengers to rural North American communities disappeared decades ago. But “Mixed train outpost,” the Passenger column on page 22 of Trains’ June issue, illustrates how Canada’s Keewatin Railway provides the only dependable year-round ground transportation to remote Pukatawagan, Manitoba, headquarters of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation. The train uses aging but well-maintained cars leased from VIA Rail Canada; VIA's only other involvement is passing along the funding that supports the operation.
Bob Johnston

On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, a leased Hudson Bay Railway locomotive removes an aging VIA Rail Canada passenger car for winterizing from the Pukatawagan train that is ready to depart from The Pas (pronounced “Paw”), Manitoba. At right is a VIA consist from Churchill, Man., that lays over Wednesday night before departing early Friday morning back to Churchill.

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