There will be no Christmas train from the Ontario Northland Railway this year.

Due to a skilled labour shortage on the rail side of operations, primarily due to retirements, it has forced the ONR to forego the Christmas train program at least for this year.

The company is putting an emphasis on maintaining a safe and reliable rail service for its customers to ensure that goods continue to move in and out of Northern Ontario.

In place of the Christmas train, the railway will work with the 13 communities that are traditionally visited by the train so that employees of the ONR can still give back and interact with these communities during the season of giving.

“We look forward to enabling even more of our employees to get out and take part in community-based events to celebrate the holiday season with their friends, families, and neighbours,” says Rebecca McGlynn, Director of Marketing and Communications.

By pausing the train this year, Ontario Northland believes that they will have an opportunity to engage with communities and corporate partners to seek out ideas on how best to proceed in the coming years and be more inclusive and reach a larger part of their service territory.