I had an hour to kill one June evening this year, so I headed over to the Osborne Village area of Winnipeg. My intent was to look for different photo angles in the area.
I decided to visit the Osborne Station on Winnipeg’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line. Here’s a map I drew of the area. The station is at the gray star.
The Osborne Station was part of the first phase of the Southwest Transitway, completed in 2012. From here Phase 2 was built down to the University of Manitoba and opened in the spring of 2020.
I started my photography just south of the station.
The station is heated by large overhead blowers. I’m not sure how effective it is in the bitter Winnipeg winter, but it has to be better than most bus shelters.
In order to cross the CN Fort Rouge yard, a tunnel was built under the yard. Here a bus on route #47 emerges from the tunnel. Note the “rt” rapid transit line logo on the right in the tile work.
I was just south of the station when I took that photo. I would say for train photography I’d prefer to be just a bit higher. It would be neat to capture a train and a bus at the same time…
I went inside the shelter and tried a similar shot. I think this works better. Imagine a train coming, with the VIA Rail depot building in the background…
Unfortunately no (moving) train came along while I was there, but I think it was time well spent to scout the location for a future effort.
Just One More Thing
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