Trudeau praises residents of Spy Hill, Sask. for sheltering stranded Via Rail passengers

SPY HILL, Sask. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is among the Canadians who are praising the hospitality of a Saskatchewan town that came to the rescue of a Via Rail train on Christmas.

The train suffered a malfunction as as it rolled from Vancouver to Toronto that caused the heating to sputter.

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It pulled onto a siding in Spy Hill, a community near the Manitoba boundary with a population of less than 300.

The town opened up their community hall and helped feed the passengers until buses arrived later in the day to take them to Winnipeg.

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Robbie Hancock, a musician who was on the train, says even though he’s seen a lot of small-town hospitality on his cross-Canada trips, Spy Hill was a cut above.

Trudeau tweeted that the setback was turned into something special, adding that “Canadians always find a way to help each other out.”

There’s no details on the train malfunction, but Via spokeswoman Mariam Diaby said Monday that it was due to “extreme cold weather.”

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