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.
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”.
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From the Provincial Archives of Manitoba, I have compiled a excerpt’s from old movie films, with Streetcars moving through Portage and Main, from around 1920- 1950’s. Also pedestrians, traffic, and the old buildings are in the background. Enjoy!
Another intact Streetcar found in southern Manitoba. It’s been covered and protected, and was used as sleeping quarters.
It’s not usually surrounded by water though!
A very nice article about the project in the Free Press on Nov 27th . You can also email any information to firstname.lastname@example.org about the restoration work, or if you have any questions.
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.
A great picture of Winnipeg, looking West on Portage, with all the Streetcars and traffic.
I”m not sure what era this might be, the 1920’s or 30’s? In the Original size you can see a “Metropolitan Theatre” advertisement on the back of the building which says “Talking Pictures” but that could have been up for awhile.
However, I’ve counted 28 Streetcars in this one picture.