Backtracks: The Story of Winnipeg’s Streetcars

On Sept 19th, 2010 a half hour film called Backtracks: The Story of Winnipeg’s Streetcars,  was premiered at Cinematheque.  You can watch this film for free on MTS TV’s “Winnipeg on Demand”.

If you would like more information on the project, email us at winnipegstreetcar@gmail.com

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streetcar signs




streetcar signs

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At Danny Schur’s Replica streetcar 596 last weekend during Open Doors, 2 authentic streetcar signs were donated.

Danny Schur’s Replica for the Strike! musical is inbetween Fort and Garry st, on Broadway, North side. It’s open during the day from 12-6pm and gives a brief history of the 1919 strike and the streetcar history and restoration project for 356. Stop by on your stroll down Broadway on your way to the hot dog vendors.

Replica Streetcar 596




Replica Streetcar 596

Originally uploaded by buflyer200

Danny Schur’s replica streetcar has been moved to a new location on Broadway, across from the Hotel Fort Garry.

Streetcars of any sort haven’t been on Broadway since 1955. They rail lines went down the middle of Broadway, and the trees where used to help cover the overhead wires.

Look for the Streetcar to be open during the day, for information on the 1919 Strike, some Streetcar 356 history, and for Danny Schur’s Strike! musical.

Winnipeg Free Press Article

A very nice article about the project in the Free Press on Nov 27th . You can also email any information to winnipegstreetcar@gmail.com about the restoration work, or if you have any questions.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/farm-fields-yield-city-history-75723077.html

Also visit the Millenium Library which has a streetcar display on the main floor until Dec 31st. The picture shows a Motorman’s coat, very heavy, weighs almost 50lbs! Thanks to the Winnipeg Electrical Museum for the loan of the coat and the Winnipeg Library staff who have done such a great job with the display.

Streetcar 384




Streetcar 384

Originally uploaded by buflyer200

Another 2 Streetcars found, this one way south of Winnipeg in the Pembina hills. Seems there are always 2 of them as well, so I guess they were sold off in pairs back in 1955.

This Streetcar is 384, not sure what the other number is. 384 was built in 1909 here in Winnipeg, at the Fort Rouge Shops, currently the home of Winnipeg Transit garage, more or less.

Streetcar Row




Streetcar Row

Originally uploaded by buflyer200

Three Streetcars in a row, awaiting for passengers… or grain. The first one is a steel streetcar 726, at the far end. Then 2 older wooden streetcars built in 1910 at the Fort Rouge shops, 394 and 404 (closest to the camera).

They were bought in the late 1950’s from a businessman in Winkler who purchased several of them to sell to local area farmers, for either grain, livestock, cash! Evidently to took a while to sell them.

There in pretty good structural condition, with lots of original parts inside. They are located on a farm ‘south’ of Winnipeg.