Memory Art

Ferry boat crossing Halifax harbour at sunset

I’m reading the book “An Anthropologist on Mars” by neurologist Oliver Sacks. He presents seven unusual cases, including the “Memory Artist”, Franco Magnani. Franco has the unusual combination of an almost eidetic memory, an artistic talent, and an obsession with the town of Pontito, Italy. He spent most of his childhood there, until his father … Read more

Mino Bimaadiziwin

Sign "We Are Still Here" and several paintings on display in Toronto's Union Station

I was in Toronto recently. While walking toward the UP Express to get to Pearson, I came across the exhibit “We Are Still Here” by Blake Angeconeb. This is a collection of six paintings on display in the west end of the station just outside the great hall. From the artist’s statement: ‘In Anishinaabemowin, “Mino … Read more

Return to Piney

Aerial view of a derelict train station

I love train stations and I love abandoned buildings. The old station in Piney, Manitoba ticks both of those boxes! Our family took a road trip to Piney in April 2017 to see the old station. You can read this post if you wish. That one post ended up getting more than 14,000 views and … Read more

My Favourite Train Sites

CP 8757 at Meadows, Manitoba

Every now and then I like to share which railway-related web sites I read on a regular basis. Please consider giving them a visit and bookmarking the ones you like!

The McGivney Overpass

Road bridge over a railway line

I love doing research.
Last year, I was asked about an accident that happened in the 1960s at a railway crossing in McGivney. A truck was struck by a train and dragged a long way, and the truck driver was killed.

Slides From Alberta

CN train rolling through Drumheller Alberta on a rainy day in 1993

Here are some slides I purchased recently, all featuring trains in Alberta. Unfortunately I don’t know who was the photographer for any of them. The lead slide shows a westbound CN train rolling through Drumheller, Alberta in 1993, led by CN 2454 and another cowl unit (CN 53xx?). Clearly it was a dreary rainy day. … Read more


QNX Multiuser, Multitasking, Realtime, Networking Operating System

I came across this card recently and it brought back a flood of memories. I spent a lot of time with QNX. But what is QNX? And what is this card for?

CP Employee Pass from 1942

Railway pass for E.F. Nason from 1942

I purchased this Canadian Pacific Railway Lines employee pass recently from an online auction site. It was issued to an F.A. Nason, Signal Helper, and expired on December 31, 1942. It was signed by W.E. Merchant.