January 14, 1916, Winnipeg TribuneLast week I wrote blog post about the 1916 Brandon Train Disaster which killed at least 18 people right in the heart of the city. The victims were temporary workers, poor Ukrainians, many with families, who took the dangerous work of clearing snow from the tracks on a -46 degree day.
According to my research to-date it was the worst Manitoba train crash in terms of loss of life until Dugald in 1947. It is also likely the deadliest single event in Brandon's history.
There is, of course, no memorial to this tragedy. The only trace is the handful of remaining headstones in Brandon cemetery.
With its centenary coming up in just a couple of years I want to get the ball rolling on having this event properly commemorated. I've contacted Mayor Decter Hirst and the city's heritage coordinator about the need to do something, be it as little as a small sing (similar to what they do for heritage homes) off of Pacific Avenue and at the row of graves, or perhaps even similar to what Dugald has done to commemorate their train disaster.
If this is something important to you, please contact Mayor Decter Hirst and Councillor Corey Roberts to show your support.