Ever since RailMark took over, and was quickly forced to suspend, Algoma passenger service earlier this year, the hunt has been on for a new operator. In the interim, communities relying on the train have been stranded. While the bidding process is still ongoing, this article confirms that the ONTC is not among the interested parties.
I hadn't expected Ontario Northland to be interested, but now that I think of it, it would be an ideal candidate. Imagine: a reinstated Northlander; a passenger train between North Bay, Sudbury and the Soo; passenger trains from Sault Ste. Marie to Hearst; a passenger link connecting Hearst and Cochrane. In other words, a return to the circle route lost decades ago. It isn't going to happen, but what an opportunity!
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