Now: From the same location, another eastbound on May 15, 2011 as CN train 302 passes some new ties trackside, behind engine 8812. Track work is also in progress on the CP line in background, and in an interesting nod to the past, CP is still using 40-foot boxcars as Service cars.
CN served two of Portage's former grain elevators, as well as other grain elevators east of Portage on the Rivers Sub. Just east of CN's station, at the Third St NW crossing,
Then: 9569-9575-9612-9502 haul piggyback at 50 mph past the station at 1154 June 17, 1980...
Now: CN ES44DC 2224 leads three other units on train 314 on June 14, 2009.
Then: CP 8626-8806 with 31 ballast cars for the Minnedosa Sub, beside 6053-5809-3017 with mixed freight on a rainy afternoon in June, 1984.
VIA Rail still serves Portage. The rolling stock has changed...somewhat.