A train rolled into the northern Manitoba port of Churchill Wednesday night, the first time in more than a year.
Severe flooding in the spring of 2017 damaged the tracks and severed the northern Manitoba community’s land link.
There were 29 washouts on the track.
Freight and passenger service is expected to resume later this month, with heavier loads beginning next spring.
Churchill celebrated the event Thursday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in attendance.
The port of Churchill and the rail was sold in late August to the Arctic Gateway Group Limited, which includes northern Manitoba First Nations, Fairfax Financial Holdings and AGT, which is based in Regina.
Murad Al Katib is the President and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients.
He believes Churchill has a bright future.
He says climate change has extended the Churchill shipping season.
He says vessels coming from Russia have delivered fertilizer and left with Canadian grain for an Italian pasta maker.
He says that has happened in the past and it can happen again.
The federal government is providing 74 million dollars to help with the rail-line sale and repairs.
Another 43 million will subsidize operations of the rail line and port for the next ten years.
Most of the grain shipped through Churchill is from northeast Saskatchewan.