Company aims to restore line to Churchill in 60 days

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CHURCHILL, Manitoba — One of the two companies repairing the Hudson Bay Railway says repair work will begin Saturday (Sept. 8) and be complete in 60 days, restoring the only land link to Churchill.

Marc Breault, president of Edmonton-based Paradox Access Solutions, told the CBC that his company’s chief engineer is already in Gillam, Man., assessing the project.

"It's very doable, the only challenge is weather. We're late in the season and weather could be a hindrance to completing that project, all depending on how much into October do we get ... we're looking at every angle to attack this as aggressively as possible," said Breault.

Breault’s company specializes in ground stabilization and providing access to remote locations, and has worked on pipeline and roadway projects throughout Canada. He said his company will stabilize the roadbed and another company will repair the tracks.

Sale of the line to Churchill was announced last week [see “Hudson Bay Railway sale completed, repairs to begin,” Trains News Wire, Sept. 4, 2018], with the goal of restoring the route — severed by flooding in May 2017 — before winter arrives and ending a 19-month period in which supplies could only reach the community by ship or air.

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