Portage Avenue & Garden Road
This lovely fence was a tribute to Prairie Dog Central. It was rendered in 1999 by Jonato Dalayoan with sponsorship by Take Pride Winnipeg. Glidden Paint and St. James Village BIZ. The fence was completely repainted in 2015. Original notes follow:
"Prairie Dog Central has been preserved by a terrific organization called the Vintage
Locomotive Society, made up of retired CPR and CNR workers. The Prairie Dog Central
Station is now at Inkster & Sturgeon, but it used to be right in St. James at Polo Park
behind the Hydro building at St. James and Portage. Prairie Dog Railway operated from
that location for many years until they decided to remove the old track. They preserve
that locomotive; they keep it running and take it on excursions all summer long. They
take kids and families for a 2-½ hour ride travelling north to Gross Isle and to Warren.
Kids love it! You travel in the original mahogany and oak panelled coaches and it's a big
experience for the young and older people alike."
"In that Society they've kept the railway going; they keep it well maintained and fixed up
on the income they've generated from ticket sales and donations. They work for no pay.
There's even been some companies who've helped out for no cost like machine shops
and that sort of thing just for the honour of being associated with this piece of heritage. I
hope they keep it going forever because it's a nice piece of history."
Prairie Dog Central Railway is also depicted in another Winnipeg Mural located at 785
For more information on Prairie Dog Central and excursion dates and times (they
sometimes even have Murder Mysteries aboard!), visit http://www.pdcrailway.com/
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