The Event to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the ACR Passenger Train
was a huge success. There were 167 passengers taking the train on May 31 to various destinations, often filling the 2 coaches. A great time was had by all. Please click on the links below this message to the media coverage so far of the event. We thank Elaine Della Mattia from the Sault Star/Sun Media and Ken Armstrong from the Sootoday/Local2 for riding all the way to Hearst and back. And Jordan Allard of CTV for covering the story as we boarded and departed from the rail yard and Ghuilaine Piccard of Le Nord newspaper in Hearst. We very much appreciate the commitment of time from these reporters and their media companies as we know that they are very short-staffed, particularly on weekends.
We extend big thank-yous to the following:
· Britta Wolfert and Jeff Hinich for volunteering their weekend to perform wonderful music on the train and at the stops
· Chief Jason Gauthier who represented the Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs’ Forum
· Joe Fratesi, CAO, Sault Ste. Marie and Chair of the ACR Passenger Train Working Group
· Peter McLarty who represented Clean North
· Caleb Smikle, president of Algoma University Student Union
· Conrad Morin, Deputy Mayor, Hearst
· Francine Lacroix-Huff, Hearst EDC
· George Karasek, of the Ontario Fur Managers Association
· Georgina Naccarato, volunteer for Northland ESL student host families who organized the students trip to Searchmont
· Harold McQuarrie, long time ACR historian
· Al Johnston, cottager, for helping out
· ACR/CN employees
· Marcel & Mirielle Rheault, owners of Rheault Distillery, Hearst
· Financial donations from Algoma U Student Services, International Student Services, First Generation Algoma U and AUSU; Northland ESL students, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference
· ACR/CN for providing media and musician passes
· And all the supporters who showed up at the Sault and Hawk Junction yards and the hotel in Hearst or rode the train to various destinations between the Sault and Hearst
We are all more determined than ever to keep this gem of a train going for the next 100 years!
This is the first of 3 articles Elaine Della Mattia will be writing.
CTV 100th anniversary event
Spirit Land: In Search of the Group of Seven
Canada’s most scenic rail trips aren’t just in B.C., you know – The Globe and Mail