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Dec 07, 2022
Lack of staff, aging equipment leading to cancellations: Keewatin Railway Co. CEO
Helen Bighetty lined up at the train station in The Pas on Monday morning, arriving at 8 a.m. hoping to get one of the 40 tickets available to bring her back to Pukatawagan First Nation, located 210 km north of The Pas and 819 km northwest of Winnipeg.
It’s not unusual to have a big line of people waiting to purchase tickets in the hours before the station opens. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.
But when the train station opened at 9 a.m., Bighetty says only a few people ahead of her were able to purchase tickets before the attendant announced the train would not be running.
“One of the crew members came in and said ‘stop selling tickets.’ And then it was a standstill from there. We didn’t know what was going on,” Bighetty said.
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