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Monday, 15 September 2008

Weekend Update: I Love Manitoba (4)

This weekend, it was a little closer to home.

A quick visit to the Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City set up by up by Médecins Sans Frontières at The Forks. A great way to start the weekend realizing how lucky you are to live where you live.
Refugee Camp at the Heart of the City
Refugee Camp at the Heart of the City
Then, it was all about Winnipeg's history !

There was Rail Days at the Winnipeg Rail Museum:
Winnipeg Rail Museum
Winnipeg Rail Museum
Winnipeg Rail Museum
What I was doing there had more to do with Transit than trains. As you'll recall from previous posts Streetcar 356, located in the rail museum, is one of my pet projects. It was great to see people come by the display with great stories from the streetcar era.
Streetcar 356
One gentleman I sat with was the last streetcar operator to retire from Winnipeg Transit. He had some great stories about the streetcars. One was about the operators being responsible for building and stoking the fire in the car's stove before they went on their run. On a really cold morning you wanted to see an older, experienced looking face coming at you in the front window as there was a much better chance that they had mastered the cantankerous stoves to create maximum warmth (which was still pretty minimal when it was -30 outside). A young, fresh face usually meant you were in for a cold, miserable ride to work ! Great stuff.
Streetcar 356
For more on the streetcar project check out the Winnipeg Streetcar website I think the Free Press, too, will have a story on it in Monday's paper.

Another related project is the Manitoba Transit Heritage Association. As the streetcar has a foot in the rail camp and the transit camp, we have been working closely with both groups. The MTHA brought out their 1937 Twin Coach #111, one of many they have restored, and it was a real head turner !
Manitoba Transit Heritage Association
Manitoba Transit Heritage Association
Manitoba Transit Heritage Association
Finally, I ended off with a stroll through the Exchange District on a beautiful summer night !
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I hope you had a great Manitoba weekend as well !

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