Rail Days 2017 - Admission by donation

Join Heritage Winnipeg for RAIL DAYS 2017 on Saturday, September 16 & 17, 2017 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Winnipeg Railway Museum in Winnipeg's historic former Union Station, now VIA Rail Canada, Winnipeg station at 123 Main Street.

Located on tracks 1 & 2 on the second floor of the Railway Museum is a FREE and unique event held over two days. Heritage Winnipeg will have a exhibit table with Streetcar 356 information and memorboilia and we will also be showing the original wooden Streetcar 356 to visitors. Our rehabilitation project of Car 356 is expected to be completed in 2019 for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1919 General Strike.  Come meet some members of the Streetcar 356 committee at the Heritage Winnipeg table, and get a tour of Streetcar 356. Times limited.



The Book "The Streetcars of Winnipeg - Our Forgotten Heritage"
Out of Sight - Out of Mind by author Brian K. Darragh


On the 19th of September, 2017 it will be 62 years since the last streetcar made its final run through Winnipeg’s well known Portage and Main. Author Brian Darragh operated the streetcars for the final 17 months of existence here, April 1954 to September 1955.  He was the third youngest streetcar operator at that time. Brian will be turning 89 years old in November so the remaining half dozen operators will be in their mid nineties now. He tried to capture the experience that the 73 years of streetcar service provided to Winnipeg and the surrounding towns. From the start of the horse cars in 1882 where the drivers were paid 12 cents an hour, to the beginning of electric streetcars in January 1891, this book describes with the aid of numerous pictures the essence of the transportation experience of those times. The streetcars ran for approximately 35 years before the first four buses came in 1918. In that time the streetcars supported the growth of the city to 150,000 people by 1912, becoming the third largest city in Canada. Writing this book for Brian has brought back many fond memories of those days. Stop by the museum and say hello to Brian, and purchase his book for yourself or as a gift.



In addition if you would like to help support this Heritage Winnipeg project, make a minimum donation of $20 toward the Streetcar 356 rehabilitation and receive a complimentary DVD of BACKTRACKS, The Story of Winnipeg's Streetcars, including bonus historic pictures.



 

Streetcar 356 Update

Streetcar 356: Winnipeg's Last Remaining Wooden Streetcar (Heritage Winnipeg Blog October 22, 2014)
Winnipeg's streetcar to get restoration treatment (CTV News June 10, 2015)
Winnipeg Streetcars: Our Most Valued Heritage History - Guest Post by author Brian Darragh (Heritage Winnipeg Blog July 1, 2015)

The Streetcars of Winnipeg: Our Forgotten Heritage

"On the 19th of September, 2015 it will be 60 years since the last streetcar made it’s final run through Winnipeg’s well known Portage and Main. Even our oldest daughter in her mid fifties never had a chance to see a Winnipeg streetcar operating, and naturally her children and grandchildren haven’t either. What an experience they have missed! I operated the streetcars for the final 17 months of existence here, April 1954 to September 1955. I was the third youngest streetcar operator at that time. I turned 86 years old in November 2014 so the remaining half dozen operators will be in their mid nineties now. I have tried to capture the experience that the 73 years of streetcar service provided to Winnipeg and the surrounding towns. From the start of the horse cars in 1882 where the drivers were paid 12 cents an hour, to the beginning of electric streetcars in January 1891, this book describes with the aid of numerous pictures the essence of the transportation experience of those times. The streetcars ran for approximately 35 years before the first four buses came in 1918. In that time the streetcars supported the growth of the city to 150,000 people by 1912 becoming the third largest city in Canada. Writing this book has brought back many fond memories of those days. The last Winnipeg streetcar book was written by the late John Baker 32 years ago. It’s about time for another."

A new book by Brian K. Darraugh - for more information, go to the publisher's website by clicking here.

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