Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains P1
Preserving the Past to Promote the Future
The Algoma Passenger Train seemed headed for decommission when the schedule dropped runs and the aging rail line and train equipment became increasingly neglected. But in 2006, community members and wilderness business owners along the line teamed up with Algoma University to form the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains to try and save the railway.
“You’ve got to win with what you’ve got” – Ted Nolan
CN’s Algoma Central Railway runs 476 km through spectacular wilderness stretching from Sault Ste. Marie to the northern town of Hearst. The coalition sought to change the train’s flagging reputation to one that emphasized its capacity as the gateway to the northern wilderness. The group created events around local businesses, history, and outdoor activities that were designed to promote awareness and increase passenger use.
“The time is right for rail service revival” – Frank Dobrovnik
Images courtesy the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains