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.
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