Northbound at Jubilee

Back in May 2020, I was midway up Pembina Avenue in Winnipeg and I had an hour to kill. Why not go to the Bus Rapid Transit station stop by Jubilee Avenue? Doesn’t everyone? Seriously, though, I did want to see it as I hadn’t been in the area since the shelter was completed. That … Read more

Ex-Pillsbury Cylindrical Grain Cars

I saw a post by George Dutka on the excellent White River Division blog about ex Pillsbury covered hoppers. I’ll chime in with my own observations. These blue, often rusty, cylindrical grain hoppers can be seen with SOO reporting marks on Canadian Pacific’s lines. These are 263,000 lb cars built in 1979 for Pillsbury and … Read more

2020 Roundup

It’s time for the traditional year-end roundup post. So. 2020. How was that? Well, you know. We who survived the pandemic lived through it, so there’s no need to belabour the issue. Remember the fallen, honour the front line workers who fought for us, and move on to bigger and better things. I have high … Read more

Merry Christmas

I want to take a moment and wish you, Dear Readers, a merry Christmas and a happy new year. For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, happy holidays. I’m not religious but I still call it Christmas and in normal years our family gets together to share meals and exchange presents. I don’t want to talk … Read more

3, 2, 1, Backup!

A recent incident prompted me to write about backing up your photos – and data – again (I wrote about this back in 2013). A friend of mine kept some of his photos on an external hard drive. Well, one day that hard drive started making ugly noises and it stopped working. The drive was … Read more

Crazy Railfans

Conductor: “Clear signal.”Engineer: “Clear.”C: “It should be clear all the way past Meadows. RTC says we have a meet at Marquette. 298.”E: “Gotcha.” If it wasn’t so overcast, the crew of train 411 would have seen the sun rising as they left Winnipeg. As it was, the temperature was a cool -7 Celsius, not bad … Read more

Current Projects

CP 5723 in Winnipeg, Sept 3 2020

I often have a lot of different projects going on and sometimes it’s hard to keep track. I’m going to share what I’m working on so you might see what’s coming down the wire and also for a little accountability. I might be a little vague on a few things that I can’t share details … Read more

Making a Difference

CP 8872 at Culross, MB

In these trying times, it’s hard to stay positive. With the pandemic still raging – and here in Manitoba, worse than it ever has been – it’s difficult to see any silver lining. I’m generally a positive, “things will work out” kind of guy. I don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on bad things … Read more

They Shall Grow Not Old

Thank you to all the men and women who have served our country. Some have made the ultimate sacrifice and all have been changed by the experience. Let us support, help and remember them. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the … Read more