fbpx
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

January 5, 2022

Remembering Brian K. Darragh

Heritage Winnipeg is heartbroken and saddened to hear of the passing of Brian K. Darragh on Monday, December 20, 2021.

Brian was the last known living streetcar driver, and he was passionate and proud of his long years of service to the citizens of Winnipeg. He signed on with the Winnipeg Transit system in 1954 and operated 40-year-old streetcars for their final 17 months. On September 19, 1955, the last streetcar passed through Portage and Main. After driving streetcars and trolleybuses for 38 years, Brian retired on August 1, 1992.

Brian standing happily next to Streetcar 356 during Railway Days 2016.
Source: Michael Kulczycki

Brian would often volunteer at our Doors Open Winnipeg and Railway Days events at the Winnipeg Railway Museum to share his visual exhibitions and oral stories with visitors, along with his passion and pride! Not only was he a driver but a published writer – in 2015 he wrote his own book, Streetcars of Winnipeg – Our Forgotten Heritage (available for purchase at McNally Robinson or Amazon). He also wrote a guest blog post for Heritage Winnipeg about our streetcar history, Winnipeg Streetcars: Our Most Valued Heritage History.

Brian sharing his passion for Streetcar 356 during Doors Open Winnipeg 2015.
Source: Robert Loiselle

Brian Darragh was also featured in a short documentary about Winnipeg’s streetcars, Backtracks: The Story of Winnipeg’s Streetcars.

Brian was a volunteer of our Streetcar 356 committee and a beloved friend of Heritage Winnipeg! Our thoughts are with his family and his loved ones. His legacy will live on through the interesting stories and the rehabilitation of Streetcar 356. We thank him for all his support over the years, to help ensure the restoration is completed. Brian’s stories are an integral part of this important historical artifact, as a reminder of its immense contribution to our city’s public transportation and development.

 

Brian’s book – available for purchase at McNally Robinson or Amazon.

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank the Darragh family, specifically Brian’s two daughters for their generous monetary donation to the restoration of Car 356, along with books and materials for our resource centre. Heritage Winnipeg is accepting donations for the Streetcar project in memory of Brian Darragh.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

logo

 / Recent News

May 18, 2022

Hundreds Rally to Save West Kildonan Library

On Tuesday, May 17th, 2022, over 100 community leaders, elected officials, parents, and students from across the Seven Oaks School Division, rallied outside of the West Kildonan Library to share their concerns about a proposed city plan to move the public Library into the Garden City Shopping Centre. The proposal from City Hall recommends the…

May 12, 2022

Happy Manitoba Day! Celebrate with a FREE Activity Booklet!

152 years ago today, on May 12, 1870, Manitoba officially became a province when the Manitoba Act was created, passed by the Parliament of Canada, and received Royal Assent. The province was founded on the traditional territory of the Cree, Anishinaabe, Oji-Cree, Dakota/Lakota (Sioux), and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Known as the “Keystone”…

May 2, 2022

Doors Open Winnipeg 2022 is Just Around the Corner!

Heritage Winnipeg is proud to present the 19th annual Doors Open Winnipeg! This FREE event invites the public to explore our built heritage treasures, cultural institutions, and historic streetscapes. This year we are looking forward to bringing Winnipeggers to exciting buildings, events, and tours! It will be a fun and safe event that supports local…

April 27, 2022

Appeal for Height Variance for New Infill Development Denied

On Monday, April 25, 2022, an appeal by Alston Properties for a height variance to build a 123.5-foot infill project at 127 Bannatyne Avenue was heard at the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development Heritage and Downtown Development (SPC PDHDD). Last year, the SPC PDHDD committee agreed that the maximum allowable height of a…

April 22, 2022

Historic Downtown Hudson’s Bay Co. Building Transferred to Indigenous Ownership

On Friday, April 22nd, 2022, Winnipeg’s downtown Hudson’s Bay Co. building was transferred to Indigenous ownership. The large six-storey building has been gifted to the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) to be redeveloped as a mixed-use space. The redevelopment plan is called Wehwehneh Bahgahkinahgohn, meaning “it is visible” in Anishinaabemowin and Ojibway. The redevelopment plans include…

April 11, 2022

Grand Opening of Carriage Works Project at 206 Princess Street

Last Friday, April 8th, 2022, was the grand opening of the new Carriage Works project at 206 Princess Street! In 2018, the under-utilized heritage buildings on Princess Street were purchased by CentreVenture in support of the Northwest Exchange and Chinatown revitalization strategy. Over the next several years CentreVenture planned and established a unique community partnership…

Subscribe to Heritage Winnipeg Blog