latest news coverage: uninterrupted service and Railmark certification


Train service will continue uninterrupted

(interview in French with Sylvie Fontaine, CAPT Board Member) :  Algoma Central Railway : une subvention d'Ottawa suffisante, selon l'exploitant

Funds come through for passenger rail | Sault Star

Railmark gets certified, will restore Snow Train

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ACR passenger train will be funded


CAPT  wishes to thank MP Bryan Hayes and Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt for their decision announced late last night to fund the ACR passenger train.  Please see details in the media stories below.  We also thank MP Carol Hughes, the ACR Stakeholders’ Working Group under the leadership of Tom Dodds and Joe Fratesi for Sault Ste Marie, the Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs’ Forum (NSRCF), Hearst, Wawa, Dubreuilville, and all the hundreds of CAPT volunteers who contributed so much time and money to keep the train going.   We look forward to continuing to work together with Railmark to make the ACR passenger train the best passenger service in North America! 

Please click on the links below for the media coverage in past few hours.

Passenger Rail Service from Sault to Hearst Saved!

'It was literally the eleventh hour and fifty-ninth minute'

Northern Ontario: Railway saved | CTV Northern Ontario

Funds come through for passenger rail | Sault Star

Harper government approves funding for ACR Passenger Rail Service under Railmark

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Only 5 more days; latest media coverage

Only 5 more days

In only 5 more days the passenger train service will stop if Transport Canada does not agree to the transition plan funding.  We know that MP Bryan Hayes is working very hard on this and MP Carol Hughes raised it in question period in the House of Commons yesterday  (see the link to Wawa-News coverage below).

Meanwhile the local media has been giving a lot of coverage to this urgent issue with its huge implications for the regional economy.

Please read the following media items:

 Latest Media Coverage

He understands how to run trains'

Future continues to be uncertain for Algoma Central Railway

Answers needed on future of ACR passenger services

Avenir des services voyageurs d”ACR

Wait continues for response on ACR | Sault Star

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7 days to go; media coverage


Once again we are grateful to the City of Sault Ste Marie for passing last evening a resolution of support for the ACR stakeholders’ request for transition funding for the passenger train.

Here are links to the latest media coverage of this urgent matter:

'The eleventh hour'

Council re-confirms support for ACR plan

 Linda is hoping this will be the last time

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Sault City Council Meeting Monday Mar 23; recent media coverage

We are asking ACR Passenger Service supporters to attend the meeting of Sault Ste. Marie City Council this Monday, March 23.  The Councillors will be asked to support a resolution asking the federal government to approve transition funding so that the passenger service will continue after March 31st.  The meeting starts at 4:30 pm.  We do not know the exact time the resolution will be discussed but we expect it will be near the beginning of the meeting.  Hope to see as many of you as possible there.

 Recent Media Coverage

Council makes rail plea | Sault Star

 City looks at calendar. Gets nervous

 Wawa-News: Letter - Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport from Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs' Forum (NSRCF)

 Wawa-News: Letter - Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport

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Letter from Chief Jason Gauthier, Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs Forum Rep and Media Update


Missanabie Cree First Nation
174B Hwy 17B
Garden River
P6A 6Z1

Phone: (705)-254-2702
Fax: (705)-254-3292

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Transportation
House of Commons

Dear Minister Raitt,

Subject: follow-up re: our letter of March 4, 2014 concerning the Algoma Central Railway funding

Once again I have been mandated by the First Nation Chiefs of the Northeast Superior Regional Chiefs' Forum (NSRCF) to write to you about the urgent need to continue the Remote Rail Program funding for the Algoma Passenger Train. As stated in our March 4, 2014 letter to you, before announcing cancellation of funding, there was no free, prior and informed consent of our First Nations as required under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Aboriginal Peoples (UNDRIP), and no consultation in support of discharging the need to accommodate Aboriginal rights in cases of infringement, as supported by numerous Supreme Court of Canada rulings. Furthermore, since then you did not respond to our request for your staff to contact the NSRCF Duty-to-Consult Coordinator to set up a meeting with the Chiefs to discuss this issue. This meeting would have included consideration of the NSRCF Conservation Economy research done to date for the Chapleau Game Preserve (CCSP) that includes optimizing railway lines in the region in support of value-added tourism.

Since that letter of March 4, 2014, the NSRCF has played an important leadership role in the ACR Stakeholders Working Group, as myself being the the representative. We have participated actively in the development of a sustainability plan for a renewed and improved Algoma passenger train. In partnership with the municipalities and stakeholders, we have formulated plans for developing train-in Anishinaabe cultural-based tourism products in our traditional territories through which the ACR travels. Tourism research indicates that there is an increasing demand for tourism products based on First Nation cultures and remote wilderness settings that are not road-based. Our traditional territories accessed by the Algoma train are ideally located for the development of these tourism products.

Our First Nations are also in the preparatory stages for participating in forestry and mining projects all on the ACR corridor. Members of our First Nations expect to become employees of these businesses and wish to use the passenger train between their homes and work sites in this remote area that has no road access.

The land on which the ACR was built over 100 years ago was taken without our agreement. Nor did the railway serve us well. Now is the chance for your government to right that wrong by ensuring that the passenger service plays its important role of infrastructure for the regional economic development of the NSRCF First Nations.

By continuing the transition funding for the passenger service, the federal government will be supporting First Nation economic development.

We urge you to provide the transition funding of $7 million for the next 5 years.

Thank you for your kind consideration of this important request.

Chief Jason Gauthier


CTV News Northern Ontario: New Direction | CTV Northern Ontario News

Grand vision for train service | Sault Star

Layoff notices issued to 11 ACR employees, CN confirms

Carol Hughes on ACR passenger service

Joe did a fantastic job

EDC buys time for Searchmont, rail service | Sault This Week (3)





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CAPT Update

We are sending you the links to media coverage since our last message:

EDC buys time for Searchmont, rail service | Sault This Week

 Fratesi says 'time running out'

Railmark finalizes agreement to run ACR passenger rail service |


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Thank you for the support at recent CAPT events

Traineventmarch20152015-03-06CAPTEventMachineShopKA0117Thank you for the support at recent CAPT events

A great big thank you to the sponsors, businesses along ACR, volunteers and attendees at the Support Algoma’s Train Events on March 6 and 7.

The events at the Mill Square in Sault Ste Marie on Friday evening and Searchmont Resort on Saturday morning were a big success due to the support of the following:

1.      Sponsors

·         Riversedge Developments

·         Northeast Superior Chiefs Forum

·         Missanabie Cree First Nation

·         Algoma  Kinnawabi Travel Association

·         Searchmont Resort

·         Rheault Distillery in Hearst

2.      Displays by businesses and communities along the ACR

·         Woods Cabins

·         Tatnall Camp

·         Errington’s Wilderness Island Resort

·         Ontario Fur Managers Federation

·         Ontario North Fishing Adventures

·         Superior Exploration, Adventure & Climbing Co

·         Municipality of Wawa

·         Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Assocation

·         Searchmont Station Preservation Society

·         Georgina Naccarato’s photo display of students’ train trip to Searchmont last spring

·         CAPT

3.      Musicians:  Jeff Hinich, Guy Smith and Forrest Hinich who provided high quality train music including a brand new song about the ACR with lyrics by Jeff.

4.      Volunteers and attendees:  too many to name!!!


Latest Media Coverage

  CTV News Video

  Train lobby keeps rolling | Sault Star

  Was it a party or a wake? (5 photos)

  Tension rises as deadline looms

  Stakeholders await word from Transport Canada | Sault Star

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Media Release and reminder: Support Algoma’s Train Event/Expo

Media Release and reminder:  Support Algoma’s Train Event/Expo

Free Admission

Friday, Mar 6-- 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Machine Shop, Market Square, lower Huron Street.

Saturday, Mar 7—10:30 am Searchmont Resort

 For the past year the ACR Stakeholders Working Group has worked tirelessly.  They have come up with an effective, sustainable plan for a new and improved passenger train service from the Sault to Hearst.  Come out on Friday to show your support for this new plan and the need for federal government funding.  We have modified the name from “event” to “event/expo” to reflect the fact that tourism destinations along the ACR line will be show-cased in displays set up in the Machine Shop. 

Riversedge Developments has beautifully renovated the Machine Shop, Market Square.  This is all part of the Destination North which is the site of the proposed new ACR train station.

We hope that our politicians will join us to share in the excitement of the proposed new passenger service as the way to access the gorgeous landscape along the ACR rail corridor.

The event/expo will open with a drum song introduced by Chief Jason Gauthier representing the Northeast Superior Chiefs Forum—one of the event sponsors.  Algoma Kinawabi Travel Association, Riversedge Developments and CAPT are the other sponsors.  A live performance of train music will be contributed by Jeff Hinich and Guy Smith.

 The Saturday morning event at Searchmont will be co-sponsored by Searchmont Resort and will also include live music by Jeff Hinich and Guy Smith as well as a display by the Searchmont Station Preservation and Historical Society.

Recent Media Coverage

Stakeholders await word from Transport Canada | Sault Star

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Revised plan for Support Algoma’s Train Event: Mar 6 & 7; Survey; latest media coverage

Revised plan for Support Algoma’s Train Event: Mar 6 & 7

Due to some major events taking place in Wawa and Hearst on March 7, we have had to postpone the meetings in Wawa, Dubreuilville, Hawk Junction and Hearst until a date when there is less happening at the north end of the line.

We are busily preparing for the gatherings at the Mill Square in:

  •  Sault Ste. Marie on Fri March 6
  • Searchmont Resort on Saturday March 7

These events are sponsored by CAPT, Riversedge Development, Missanabie Cree First Nation, Northeast Superior Chiefs Forum, Searchmont Resort and Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association

Please keep passing around the information for these 2 events.  The one on Friday evening is in the beautiful newly renovated Machine Shop, Mill Square, lower Huron St. from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

On Saturday morning we will be at Searchmont Resort at 10:30 am. 

On Friday evening there will be a First Nation drumming group, displays by the many tourism businesses along the rail line, very short speeches and great train music provided by Jeff Hinich and Guy Smith.  Jeff and Guy will also be performing at the event at Searchmont Resort on Saturday morning. 

  • Free Admission to both events.  Come out to show your support for the train and continued funding after March 31!!!!!

Survey:  If you have not already done so, please fill out the survey below by clicking on “feedback”

URGENT. Survey for ACR property owners/ lease-holders on ACR line
Property Owners and long-term leaseholders on the Algoma Passenger Train Route:
We are conducting a survey, and your response would be appreciated.We urgently need your help in distributing a survey.  Please forward this message to any property owners or long-term lease holders along the Algoma passenger train line.  We urge everyone to complete the survey ASAP!!!!!

Many thanks,

Give Feedback

1.     latest media coverage

Time ticking on ACR; data collection underway | Sault Star

CTV Northern Ontario

 Rally to save Algoma rail service – Nadine Robinson

 Running out of Steam: Canada needs a national rail strategy

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