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  1.  Under Take Action above is a link to a petition to save the passenger train
  2. Under Survey is a survey for those who will benefit from maintaining the passenger train.
  3. Under ACR MOVIE view a 3 min. movie of an incredible trip on the ACR and see Northern Ontario
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Working Group Meeting in Wawa; Taste of Hearst a great success; Searchmont Music Festival this weekend

1.     Sept. 10: ACR Passenger Train Stakeholders Working Group Meeting in Wawa: 

CAPT attended the meeting at which reports were made about the process of calling for third party operators to submit an Expression of Interest in running the passenger train.  A rail consultant has been hired to help with the process.  The working group was warmly received by Wawa’s Mayor Nowicki.

2.     Sept. 11 to 14: CAPT travelled to Hearst to attend the Taste of Hearst Event. 

The Hearst Economic Development Corporation did a terrific job of organizing a very enjoyable time for us.  On Friday we rented a car to tour the following attractions: the Rheault Distillery, the Val Cote Rock Museum, La Maison Verte, the Market Place Heritage Sawmill  and the INOVO Centre/Tourism Centre.  On Saturday we took part in Taste of Hearst and Rib Fest.  Hearst’s hospitality is always very warm and enjoyable.

3.     Take the train on Saturday to the Searchmont Music Festival: the 4th Annual Searchmont Music Festival this Friday, Saturday, Sunday ~ September 19, 20, 21!!

Rain or Shine, Hail or Hurricane, the Festival will commence!!
Fall Colours are about to peak. Take the Passenger Train! Call the Station: 705-946-7300
Festival tickets are available @ The RadZone,  Case’s Music,  Stone’s Office Supplies ..and at the Gate
Get yours today!!   Tickets:  Weekend: $ 50.   Friday: $ 20.    Saturday: $ 30.  Sunday: $ 10.

You will not want to miss this amazing Event, featuring:  The Wild Turkeys ~ JoPo and the Rize ~ The O’Schraves ~ Cody McMillan and the Soft Shoe Shufflers ~ Lindsay Pugh ~ Ginny McIlmoyle ~  Jackson Reid ~ Boothill Crooners ~ Rusty McCarthy ~ Stumpy Coldwater ~ The Reptiles ~ Dirty River Band ~ Doug Cousineau ~ Marty & Lil Siltanen with Kelly McGillivray ~ Lynn Devine ~Wild Iris ~ Jeff Hinich ~ Rick Charbonneau ~ Britta Wolfert ~
Don Charbonneau with Dawn & Sabrina ~ Guy Smith ~ Ellen Van Laar ~ Tiller ~ Dianne Cameron ~ The Jewels of the Oasis ~ David Laronde ~ The Kelly Brothers  ~ The Senior Entertainers and more!!! SPECIAL musician GUEST TO ARRIVE ON SATURDAY… ;-) Children’s Activities on Saturday 12 – 4,  Music, Food, Fun and Friendship!
Check out 4th Annual Searchmont Music Festival  on Facebook

4.     Postcard campaign spreading: Cards are available at the following locations: 

Harmony Beach Lakeview Resort (Goulais)
Presteve Foods Ltd. (Batchawana Ont.).
Roxy’s Lakeside Grill (Havilland Bay)
Voyageur Restaurant (Batchewanna Bay)
Glenview Cottages and Campground
Blueberry Hill Motel and Campground (Goulais R.) I
Adam’s motel (Sault Ste Marie)
Algoma’s Water Tower Inn
Joe Sports and Surplus
Shabby Motley  356 Queen St. East, Sault Ste Marie
Steelton Shoe Store, 320 John St., Sault Ste Marie
Prime Cuts Meats & Deli, 148 Northern Ave E, Sault Ste. Marie
Maple View Inn, 632 Great Northern Rd., Sault Ste. Marie
Mac’s Convenience Store, 200 Queen St. East, Sault Ste. Marie
Order of Eagles #4061, Heyden
The Goulais River Country Store, Goulais River
Northwinds Restaurant, Goulais River.
Timberland Store, Goulais River
Companion Hotel, Hearst
Librairie Le Nord, Hearst
Hearst Economic Development Corporation, Hearst
The Village Store, Havilland Bay
McCauley’s Motel, Havilland Bay
Chi-We-Kwe-Don Fish and Chip Hut in Goulais Bay

Many thanks to all of these locations for helping to distribute the postcards to save the train!

Twitter: @CAPTtrains

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Taste of Hearst; Take train to Searchmont Music Festival; and latest media coverage

1.      ‘Taste of Hearst’/ ‘Saveur de Hearst’ train packages were all sold. The lucky purchasers of the special hotel/’Taste of Hearst’ tickets will be travelling on the ACR passenger train from the Sault to Hearst on September 11 and returning on the 14th.

 2.      Take the train to the 4th annual Searchmont Music Festival  on September 20,  2014.  

Music lovers planning to come north to the Searchmont Music Festival have a new option for transportation: Take the ACR passenger train!
Festival organizers are planning a musical ride for the morning of Saturday, September 20th.

Several area musicians will bring instruments and play on the hour-long ride north to entertain passengers. They’ll then lead the passengers from the flag stop at the crossing in Searchmont, troubadour-style, to the festival grounds at Searchmont Resort, in time for the Festival opening act. “It’s a rare opportunity to take one of the last remaining flagstop passenger trains in Canada,” said Britta Wolfert, one of the festival’s organizers.

A return train journey in the late afternoon of Sunday the 21st makes this an ideal way
to enjoy the weekend festival, while camping or staying in one of the Resort’s villas overnight. Train riders must make personal arrangements for a ride back into Sault Ste Marie, if they do not plan to stay overnight in Searchmont.

“Train travel is one of the most environmentally sustainable transportation choices you can make, plus it’s relaxing and fun.    It’s lovely that we can offer this as a way to get to our festival,” added Kathie Brosemer, Festival Society Chair. 
The festival is taking place at the Searchmont Resort in the  beautiful Goulais River valley, just as the fall color season begins, 3 stages  will host more than 20 different musical acts. Artisans will share and sell  their works.   Whether   you are a performer, artist or a fan, you will feel welcome and at home.  In addition there will be workshops  on song writing and crafts and plenty of activities for kids of all ages.

This year’s train will be shared with a Group of 7 & Glenn Gould Train Event which is sponsored by Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains.  This is truly a year to celebrate the unique asset the ACR passenger train is to our region on its 100th anniversary.

Tickets are 22.80 one way or $45.60 round trip.   Senior and Youth Rates apply.
Tickets must be purchased at the Station Mall Train Station but the train will be boarded at the rail yard on Carmen’s Way.
Only 30 tickets still available. Call Jeff Hinich for more details at 705-781-1130705-781-1130

2.     Recent media coverage

CTV Northern Ontario: Rail operator sought:

Sault Star  All Aboard:

 Sault Star  Music and art on board for ride:


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Latest media coverage of efforts to same ACR passenger train


View the latest media coverage of efforts to save the ACR passenger train.

Lobbying continues to save passenger rail service |Sault Star

This was on CTV Sunday evening

Work goes on to save the Sault to Hearst line

End of the Line : Eliminating Passenger Rail Service in Northern Ontario


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Latest media coverage and 2014 Group of Seven & Glenn Gould Train Event

Hello CAPT supporters:

Please click on the links below for the most recent media coverage and read the press release that was sent out today for the 2014 Group of Seven & Glenn Gould Train Event.   Take advantage of the one year extension for the passenger train by booking ASAP for the special Group of Seven & Glenn Gould Train Event this September 19- 21.  It is a great way to have a wonderful experience AND show support for the passenger train.  Details are in the press release below and on this website:

Recent Media Coverage:

CAPT continues lobby efforts | Sault Star (3)

 Algoma Central Railway featured in recent Lake Superior Magazine

Northern Ontario vodka? (2 photos)

 Group of Seven & Glenn Gould Train Event:



Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains Media Release   


2014 Group of Seven & Glenn Gould Train Event

On the weekend of September 19th to 21st, the popular Group of Seven & Glenn Gould Train Event, sponsored by the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) takes to the rails again. Sold out in its last two seasons, the Train Event has answered a need and takes those who love the spectacular colours of an Algoma Highlands autumn to the same sites that inspired artists from the Group of Seven and Canada’s iconic pianist, Glenn Gould. You will be celebrating the 96th anniversary of the Group of Seven painting along the Algoma Central Railway and the 82nd birthday of Glenn Gould, himself a devotee of and committed visitor to Lake Superior and the Algoma Highlands.

 The 2014 Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event will promise participants the opportunity to partake in presentations, lecture-demonstrations, live music, food, a coach trip along Lake Superior’s storied eastern coast and, of course, a train ride through the magnificence of the Algoma Highlands.

 The 7th annual Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event kicks off this year on Friday evening, September 19th where participants are invited to a reception and presentation on Alexander Young Jackson, this year’s featured artist, at the Art Gallery of Algoma.  On the 20th and 21st, participants will enjoy the best of the Algoma Highlands. This will include the train trip between Hawk Junction and Sault Ste. Marie aboard the Algoma Central Railway (ACR), travelling on the same rails that took members of the Group of Seven to their various painting sites along the ACR. The tour will be conducted by Michael Burtch, art historian and researcher. Also included is the drive along the magnificent eastern coastline of Lake Superior – a drive that has been called one of Canada’s finest road trips. Stops are made along the coast to visit lookouts and points of interest including Lake Superior Provincial Park and its comprehensive Visitors’ Centre.

Wawa marks the Glenn Gould portion of the trip. Here participants will trace Gould’s footsteps around the beautiful waterfalls and shorelines in the Wawa environs that were frequented by the pianist. On Saturday evening there will be a dinner, then presentation by Musicologist, Dale Innes on the role that the north played in the music of Glenn Gould. Gould was a regular visitor to Wawa and the areas around Michipicoten so, fittingly, the evening will be centered at the Wawa Motor Inn, Glenn Gould’s former lodging.

On Sunday morning participants will have the opportunity to participate in a lecture-demonstration art session, Art and Landscape: Bring your Sketchbook and Camera or a coach tour of Wawa. Come, learn and be inspired!

 The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains sponsors the Train Event as a means to get passengers, albeit briefly, back on to the passenger train.  Passengers will have an enjoyable experience and hopefully gain appreciation for the historical significance of the Algoma Central Railway and the Algoma Highlands through which the train travels.

Ticket prices are as follows:

 $395.00 for double occupancy (Tax incl)

$430.00 for single occupancy  (Tax incl)

 Tickets are available at Community Theatre Centre Box Office, Station Mall  705-945-7299

Information:   or Linda Savory Gordon 705-949-2301 ext. 4320

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100th anniversary of ACR passenger train event: expression of thanks

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!

Media Coverage:

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

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Further media coverage of 100th anniversary of ACR passenger trains event

United front for rail important |Sault Star

They do it in Tennesee and Colorado, why not here? (7 photos)

Economy and tourism top the rail charts | Sault Star

Celebrating 100 years of the ACR (15 photos)

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Join us in celebrating 100 years of the ACR Passenger Train on May 31 – June 1

 Media Release

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) has organized a celebratory event to mark the 100th birthday of the Algoma Central passenger train Saturday May 31 – Sunday June 1.


100 years ago, passenger train service was completed all the way from Sault Ste. Marie to Hearst. Although originally constructed to provide freight services for steel production and logging, the Algoma Central Railway included the passenger train service to bring more residents and tourists to the region.  It was built through the extremely challenging terrain of the Cambrian Shield, crossing two watersheds with rivers emptying in both Lake Superior and James Bay and two forest regions—the ‘Great Lakes–St. Lawrence Forest Region’ and the ‘Boreal Forest Region’—offering riders access to spectacular topography. Among some of the most famous passengers to experience the breath-taking scenery were Group of Seven artists who took the train from 1918 to 1924 to paint some of their most significant works. Since then many other travellers have relied on the passenger train to take them from community to community, to places of employment and educational institutions, to health care appointments, to trap-lines and to tourist destinations—in all weather and conditions.

For the past 100 years this train has been an essential means of transporting people.  During the next 100 years, it will become even more important.  As oil becomes increasingly unaffordable, as carbon emissions urgently need to be reduced to reverse climate change, as demand for eco-cultural tourism in remote settings continues to rise, we will need the ACR passenger train more and more.

This a great opportunity to see firsthand the many types of people who use this gem of a train– people going to and from tourist lodges, trap lines, canoe routes, cycling routes, camps, other communities, First Nation traditional territories, Lake Superior Provincial Park, the Chapleau Game Preserve and rock climbing opportunities.

Passengers will enjoy the wonderful live music that Britta Wolfert, Jeff Hinich and Glad & Steve Hawkins perform on the train.  They will hear and share ACR train stories and just relax and watch the spring landscape from the comfort of the train coaches.

Most of the seats are already sold, so people should avoid disappointment by purchasing  tickets ASAP in person at the ACR Station in the Station Mall parking lot or by phone with a VISA or MasterCard payment at 705 945 7300 or 800 242 9287.

Those who plan to go to Hearst, should book a room at a hotel there. The Companion and the Queen’s Motels are both offering special rates for those taking part in the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Train Event.

If you wish to order a takeout lunch from the Big Bear Restaurant in Hawk Junction, or want more information, please call Linda Savory Gordon at 705 949 2301 ext 4320.

The passenger train departs from the ACR rail yard located at 429 Carmen’s Way (just south of Wellington) at 9:20 am, but arrive early enough to board and settle in for a great experience!!

Media are invited to ride the train or to join us for interviews at the rail yard prior to departure from 8:45 to 9:10 a.m.  ACR supporters who will not be riding the train that day are also invited to join us at the yard to see us off!


Contact: Linda Savory Gordon  705 949 2301 ex 4320;

Media Releases

Canada’s most scenic rail trips aren’t just in B.C., you Know | The Globe and Mail

Maritime mayors smiling as Ottawa ponies up for rail repairs – The Globe and Mail

ACR Passenger Service Celebrates 100 Years.

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Celebrate 100 years of Passenger Train Service

  1. Train Event to mark the 100th Anniversary of ACR passenger train and to look forward to the next 100 years
  2. Need a volunteer with experience doing raffles
  3. Latest media stories
  4. Searchmont Station

Train Event to mark the 100th Anniversary of ACR passenger train and to look forward to the next 100 years

Planning is going very well for the up-coming media event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ACR passenger train.  Please join us on Saturday, May 31st going northbound and southbound on Sunday, June 1st.  Britta Wolfert, Jeff Hinich and Glad and Steve Hawkins will put us in a celebratory mood by performing their music while we look out our train windows at the breath-taking Algoma landscape.   You will see first-hand the many different reasons why people use the ACR passenger train. You may see tourists, lodge owners, trappers, campers, First Nation reps, municipal delegates, getting on or off the train and telling us why this service is essential to them.  Those who go as far as Hearst will enjoy the warm hospitality of that primarily franco-Ontarian town.  Don’t be disappointed—purchase your train tickets while there is still space. The Companion Hotel and the Queen’s Motel in Hearst are both offering a corporate rate, so if you call to book a room mention that you are with the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains and wish to have the corporate rate.

For more information, contact Linda Savory Gordon at 705 949 2301 ext 4320 or  and if you want to order a take-out lunch from the Big Bear at Hawk Junction please leave your name with Linda.

We need a volunteer with experience doing raffles

CAPT needs help in doing a raffle.  If you know how to do raffles and would like to help us out, please contact Al Errington at


Searchmont Station Restoration

This is a message from Nathan Brown: “For years the station at Searchmont has been vacant, and left to slowly rot away.  This station is the only station left on the ACR from the early days when it was built in 1902.  The station was modified in an update in 1945.  It was later closed and left abandoned.  But there is hope yet.  As the only station with the longest history, it is very important to save this part of ACR and railway history.  The Searchmont Station Preservation & Historical Society was created for this reason.CN will be selling the station to our group.  We are currently trying to raise the funds to restore this station.  The station will be fully functional, will have onsite people living there, and will be rebuilt to its original plan that was used in 1902.  This contained a circular waiting room to the South of the station and a extended freight section to the North.  Our hope is to have the project completed by 2020.  We are being told that the station may need to be moved, so we are unsure of the funds required right now for the move, but are raising funds to rebuild the station.  We are also seeking a few people to be on the board of directors as well.  If you can help us out in anyway be donating, or sponsoring us it would be very much appreciated.  You can reach us at the information below. Please support Searchmont Station by buying a railroad tie… . Searchmont Station Preservation & Historical SocietyEmail: searchmontstation@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.searchmontstation.comFacebook: Mailing information: Searchmont Station Preservation & Historical Societyc/o Nathan BrownPO BOX 2134Cochrane, OntarioP0L1C0     Phone: 705-272-8780 » 

Latest Media Stories

$10M to repair New Brunswick rail line

Lake FX | Sault Star

ONTC deal with KWG Resources could be huge for Timmins | Q92


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Celebrate 100 years of ACR Passenger Train Service

Event to Celebrate 100 years of ACR Passenger Train: and Look Forward to the next 100! May 31 – June 1


CAPT invites everyone to join in a celebration of 100 years of the ACR Passenger Train by taking the train north on May 31 and south on June 1st.
There are lots of ways that you can participate.
  • Go to a:
  • lodge
  •  camp
  • to one of the communities
  • or all the way to Hearst.
We invite cyclists to take their bicycles on the train to Searchmont and cycle back to the Sault.
 Some of us will be going all the way to Hearst where we plan to have a Franco-Ontarian supper at the Companion Hotel.
We will be entertained by musicians during the trip as well as hearing lots of stories told by former ACR employees and seasoned passengers.  This will be a great opportunity for media reporters to see first hand the many purposes that this gem of a train serves—from trappers to tourist operators to camp owners and recreationists.
 So pass the word around and encourage as many people as possible to take part in this chance to celebrate the past 100 years and look forward to the next 100 years of the ACR passenger train.
Anyone planning to stay overnight in Hearst on May 31 should book a room at one of the hotels.  If you plan to be on the train when we arrive at Hawk Junction on the 31st, and you would like to have a lunch delivered by the Black Bear restaurant to the train, please leave your name with Linda Savory Gordon at 705 949 2301 ext 4320 or by emai:
Recent news coverage:

New Democrats commit to improving transportation in the North

ACR has tremendous economic impact, study conclude | Sault Star

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BDO’s Economic Impact Assessment

Draft of BDO Economic Impact Assessment of ACR Passenger Service and request for comments/suggestions

On April 17th at a meeting of ACR Stakeholders, BDO presented the executive summary of the  Final Draft of its Economic Impact Assessment of ACR Passenger Service.  You can see the full draft report and the executive summary on the stakeholders’ website: The stakeholder working group asks you to provide your comments/suggestions in regards to the two documents, by Friday, April 30th 2014.  Since the two documents can be found on the website:,  please feel free to share with others who may be interested. Also, we encourage you to provide your feedback on alternatives for long-term solutions for the ACR Passenger Rail Service.
Suggestions may be sent to Angela Bruni, assistant to the CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation( 99 Foster Drive Sault Ste. Marie, ON  P6A 5X6 705-759-5432 )  and please copy to

Celebrate 100th  Birthday of ACR Passenger Train: Looking Forward to the Next 100 Years

CAPT is organizing a media train event on May 31-June 1 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the ACR Passenger Train service which first went all of the way from the Sault to Hearst in 1914.  We will provide more details shortly, but this “heads-up” is to let you know the dates so you can plan to take part.  We invite as many people as possible to ride the rails to their camps, to lodges, to their trap-lines or to other communities along the line to Hearst. There will be excellent musicians onboard to entertain us as well as seasoned travelers who will tell us their train stories.  Hopefully some of you who are cyclists will take the train to Searchmont and cycle back to the Sault.  We have invited reporters to travel with us so that they can see many of the ways in which the train services all kinds of destinations and activities along the line.  Those who are going to Hearst will have the opportunity of eating a delicious franco-Ontarian supper before their overnight stay and return trip the next morning.  Join us on the train for both a fun ride as well as an opportunity to show the media and policy-makers how special this service is to our region.

Here are two recent media articles:

$2.2-million investment nets $48-million return on ACR, says report

ACR has tremendous economic impact, study conclude | Sault Star

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