Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Saving a Unique Winnipeg Sound !

While writing the post about the BBC's 'Save our Sounds' project I thought about the most unique Winnipeg sound that I have heard.
Streetcar 356
It took place this year, as a matter of fact. It is the sound of the bell from the undercarriage of Winnipeg's Streetcar 356, our only known (mostly) intact streetcar.
Streetcar 356
I stumbled across the floor switch by accident while the Streetcar Committee were giving her a good clean-out one day !

Steven Stothers (winnipegstreetcar.com) and Danny Schur (Strike! the Musical) teamed up to record it
for use in the replica streetcar built for Strike!'s 90th anniversary re-enactment of the Winnipeg General Strike's famous 'Bloody Saturday' scene in front of Winnipeg City Hall on May 23rd 2009.

It was the first time the bell had been heard on a Winnipeg street in over 50 years !

- Winnipeg Streetcar slideshow
- Winnipeg Streetcar.com
- Streetcar 356 Restoration - Heritage Winnipeg
- Strike! The Musical
- 1919: The Winnipeg General Strike. A Blog (Just Bloody Saturday

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