Is Brown coming back to town in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario?

March 9, 2016

By Kenneth Armstrong,

After failing to get the city’s OK last summer, the former operator of the ACR says there is only one company ready, willing and able to resume the Sault-to-Hearst passenger rail service — if the city and other stakeholders will offer him a second chance.Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

“I needed to make a decision if I wanted to fight and turn my back on Sault Ste. Marie or go back and say, ‘I’m still here, my certifications are still here. I don’t know why we can’t work something out,’” said B. Allen Brown, president and CEO of Railmark Canada, Inc, by phone.

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) hinted Monday that an ‘exciting proposal’ is on the horizon in regards to the service, which it expects will be reinstated by spring.

But Brown contends his company is the quickest option to get the service back up and running, allowing lodge owners to book customers.

“If we don’t get this train started by at least June 1, you could lose an entire industry overnight. It’s that critical,” said Brown.

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