This is in the July 1955 Winnipeg Free Press. It’s good to know they went quickly, just were? Anybody know anything about Percy Mostow?
And now it only costs $100,000 plus to restore one!
Headline news, Sept 20 1955, Winnipeg Tribune. “Street Cars Silent after 73 Years of Noisy History”
If you have wondered, like I have, why a Streetcar was never preserved, I found a few answers. There was a ‘suggestion’ to put one of the last Streetcars at Assiniboine Park as a display, and it came from the Winnipeg Tribune. There are several references to a display Streetcar in other parks as well, and it was mentioned it would be something you visit with ‘your grandchildren”.
It seems the decision was with the city ‘Parks and Recreation” dept at the time, so I’m wondering if there are minutes etc at City Hall somewhere of these meetings in 1955. There was a also a comment about the Streetcar being of wood and perhaps not lasting long as a display, and I have a feeling that’s what may have happened. Stay tuned!
I’ve been going through the Winnipeg Free Press and Tribune archives, for Sept, 1955 and found this advertisement in both papers. Looks like Goodyear was happy about the Streetcars being replaced by buses.
More information to come from the archives…