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PostPosted: June 23rd, 2014, 9:03 pm 
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PostPosted: June 25th, 2014, 12:55 pm 
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This seems like an odd phrase to me: "severe permafrost."
I assume they mean severe frost heaving? Or severe frost? Permafrost, being permanent (well, not exactly permanent), can be neither severe nor mild, can it?

Anyway, for the sake of those that rely on rail transport to and from Churchill, and those that rely on the nearby port, I hope they get things back on track soon.

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By "severe" I think they mean the depth that it reaches. I would guess that the deeper the "permafrost" the more serious the problems come Spring.

This is what happened to the municipal water supply in Winnipeg this winter, pipes that were considered deep enough to not freeze did in fact freeze.

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PostPosted: June 26th, 2014, 8:54 pm 
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The frost line this past winter out here was close to 7 feet deep. Some homes and businesses still have frozen pipes in the city.

There have been two derailments on that line already this spring and this is the route Omintrax plans to use to ship oil to Churchill at some point in the future.


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PostPosted: June 27th, 2014, 9:52 am 
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This really isn't news in the sense that it happens every year. What is significant is that it is being reported, therefore worse than normal.
The Churchill line and the line from Sherrit/Cranberry Portage to Lynn Lake have always been plagued by this.
We took the Lynn lake train one year and could have walked faster on some stretches.
The return from Churchill to the south was faster,relatively :D
Edit: train service as far as Gillam according to Via as of today.


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