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Friday, July 22, 2016

Fed train aid goes off the rails

Transport minister Marc Garneau has dealt a blow to hopes of the return of the Sault Ste. Marie to Heart passenger rail service. Speaking in the Soo, Garneau stated that the proposal announced recently does not meet the criteria for the funding set out by Transport Canada because most communities along the route are served by roads (albeit ones operated by private logging companies).

Garneau also suggested that the rail proposal would fit better within the portfolio of Aboriginal Affairs, but it remains unclear how high a priority funding a rail link would be in the already overstretched government department.

>>>Fed train aid goes off the rails | Sault Star<<<

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Goodbye Algoma Central, Hello Mask-wa Oo-ta-ba?

After months of waiting, it appears that passenger service on Algoma Central will be back starting this summer - if the federal government agrees.

After the aborted proposal involving Railmark, Keewatin Railway has been chosen as the interim operator for the Sault Ste. Marie to Hearst passenger operations. Keewatin currently operates passenger and freight services between The Pas and Pukatawagan in Northern Manitoba and is First Nations-owned.

The new service, to be called Mask-wa Oo-ta-ba (Cree for bear train) would begin under the supervision of Keewatin this year with local crews eventually being trained to run the line themselves.

The plan now rests in the hands of the federal government, who control the annual $5.3 million subsidy needed to get passenger trains running.

>>>With plan in place, passenger rail supporters press Ottawa to release subsidy<<<

Friday, July 01, 2016

Rails of the GTA 1 & 2 Out of Print

As of July 1, Rails of the GTA Volume 1 and Rails of the GTA Volume 2 have gone out of print. The cost of producing high-quality photo books has been slowly creeping up in recent years and the price I would need to charge to make the books viable is higher than I would like to charge people. I do not have any inventory available.

Stand Clear of the Doors and Call of the Northland are still available and there are no plans to take either one of them out of print.

I want to thank everyone who helped me with the two volumes of Rails of the GTA, as well as everyone who purchased a copy or agreed to sell them in your store. Without you, there would be no book.

I often get asked if there is another project in the works. After Call of the Northland, I have to say that there isn't. I expect that there will be another book one day, but I don't know when that might be, or what the subject might be.