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VIA cuts fresh meals on Churchill trains

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After 82 years, chefs will no longer be serving up freshly cooked meals on the VIA Rail train from Winnipeg to Churchill.

VIA Rail has informed the five chefs who cook on the three-times-per-week train run that their positions have been terminated as of Nov. 15. After that, only microwaved meals will be served on those trains.

Tour operators such as Daryl Adair of Rail Travel Tours are concerned about what the termination will mean for tourism.

The Hudson Bay line was one of the last VIA Rail runs that still served freshly cooked meals. The only other VIA Rail train that still cooks meals is the Toronto to Vancouver line, called the Canadian.

"The short hops," as Adair called most southern routes, don’t have them but their passengers aren’t as dependent on train services as people travelling the isolated northern line.

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