Backtracks: The Story of Winnipeg’s Streetcars

4 09 2013

This is a retrospective film which takes us back to the days remembered by few, when Winnipeg had a working streetcar system for public transport.

Well stacked with archival photos and old film footage this piece, originally commissioned for Television Broadcast by MTS Cable, Backtracks was screened to an appreciative audience at Cinemateque, Winnipeg.

Produced by NEW PROJECTS INC. 2010
running time: approx 30 minutes

please enjoy!

Streetcar Rail Removal, Osborne and Broadway

20 05 2012
Streetcar Rail Removal by buflyer200
Streetcar Rail Removal, a photo by buflyer200 on Flickr.

The Streetcar rails being taken away for storage. At some point, they will be reunited with Streetcar 356 for a display… and never covered in concrete again.

1882-1982 transit pass 100 years

11 04 2012

Now it’s the 130th anniversary of transit in Winnipeg.

And it started with streetcars.

Streetcar Rails

24 08 2011
Streetcar Rails by buflyer200
Streetcar Rails, a photo by buflyer200 on Flickr.

more pictures of the streetcar rails at Broadway and Osborne..

Streetcar Rails

22 08 2011
Streetcar Rails by buflyer200
Streetcar Rails, a photo by buflyer200 on Flickr.

At the corner of Osborne and Broadway, encased in concrete for the last 56 years..

Recent roadway construction on Osborne St. has uncovered them.

These must be the original rails with the cobblestone beside the steel.

A heritage item brought to the surface, and it must be preserved, and could potentially even be reused.

A new home needed for Streetcar 356

20 07 2011

Awaiting a new home and restoration work

Streetcar 356 has to leave the Winnipeg Railway Museum  by the fall as they will be receiving more rail equipment in the near future…
-We now have an NHL team again :)
-We have new Hotels
-We have a new airport
-We have a new Stadium under construction
-We have a new Central Park
-We have a HUGE Human Rights Museum underway costing $$$$$$
-We have a $10 million development for the Children’s Museum
-We have a Youth for Christ building at Main and Higgins worth about $4 or $5 million
-We have lots of new things happening in the city

All of these are worthwhile projects.. but…

How about some Streetcar lovin’ to get this restoration project moving?

A small fraction of the money spent on all these projects would get Streetcar 356 back into the history books as a valuable historical attraction to this city.

When the Streetcar has been restored to museum display condition, it will be a self sustaining attraction for events, weddings, meetings, school trips, and many other possibilities.

Families and kids love historic Streetcars, I have seen the market they attract in many active Streetcar operations.

We need a building, then we can restore and display the streetcar for all of Winnipeg to enjoy.

How about it? What’s out there? Let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions.

Thanks. for more detail

Winnipeg Streetcar 404

3 07 2011
Winnipeg Streetcar 404 by buflyer200
Winnipeg Streetcar 404, a photo by buflyer200 on Flickr.

On a farm south of Winnipeg, a 100 year old streetcar still standing.

it’s not in use anymore, but it has seen better days.


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