VIA train Nos 109/110 operated between Winnipeg and Saskatoon between November 1981 and June 1984. This pint-sized passenger train was always a treat to see during my trainwatching at Portage la Prairie. In two previous posts, I covered the little trains and their replacement, the Panorama. Now, hot on the heels of these two posts (well, five years later) I bring you this postscript.
On a trip to Portage la Prairie in 1983, my Dad photographed an interesting train 110. Check out the CP Geep on CN rails! Wonder which CP point it originated in? His caption for this photo: CP-8812-VIA 6518-one baggage car-one coach. 132 lb rail Sydney. North track - wood ties. South track - cement ties. Train from Saskatoon near the crossing at Newton. Enhanced photo (above) initial scan (below) of print:
Brian Schuff of Winnipeg was a valued contributor to my book Trackside with VIA: Cross-Canada Compendium, and while I've featured Brian's photography on Trackside Treasure before, Brian is now online and able to share more. In this case, photos of these diminutive trains from the early-80s. VIA 6501 leads a three-car consist with a steam genny:
More black & white: 6510 and a two-car consist at Winnipeg's depot:
VIA 6518 at Portage, enveloped in so much steam we can't really make out the consist very well, though the summer shot featuring VIA 6515 in the top photo is less steam-obscurred:
1983 ride on the 'Prairie Schooner' with engine 6521 from travel blogger Jay. And an account of a modern-day trip on the Canadian from his wife Gretta! June 14, 1983 VIA No 110 at Moosomin, SK
Through the lens of Peter Cox, I've been able to supplant a pair of previously-published post photos. CN 570717 blue Car-Go-Rail 57-foot auto transporter boxcar at Vancouver in July, 1963:
and Vancouver Iron & Engineering Works covered hopper CN 380001 as photographed at the builders' yard in April, 1967:
Speaking of 1960s classics, CBS' Bob Schieffer just retired after a 46-year career with CBS. Bob is now 78 and started as a radio reporter at the age of 20. He hosted Face the Nation for 24 years. Bob interviews Barack:
Epic fail maybe (American Jeopardy contestants stuck with final category of Canadian Cities) but really...Moose Javians? Speaking of Jeopardy and Canadian Cities, I'll unleash a short round of same during a presentation to the Ottawa Valley of Associated Railroaders next Tuesday. See you in Bytown, b'ys, by George!