Sunday, May 25, 2014

Highlights of Train Days in Portage la Prairie

   There was record breaking heat, followed by a few downpours and several thunderstorms, but everyone who attended Train Days at Portage la Prairie had a great time!

     The Portage la Prairie Model Railroad Club put on a great show, as always. They had three model railroads on display (O, HO and N gauge) at the Canadian Pacific Railway Heritage Park and Interpretive Centre. The station itself has gone through some more renovations. This year they put in two bathrooms. With the 34C heat we had, the bathrooms turned out to be the coolest places on the grounds!

     Along with the model railroad displays, they held an excellent barbecue and had a live band playing. Things were going great until 2:00 when the rains came. But that didn't deter several intrepid rail fans, who got some great shots of passing trains under the shelter of the eaves of the CP and the CN stations! The station was open until 4:00, so visitors could still stay dry and view all the exhibits.


  1. Historical Notation: Due to the excessive heat.. Paul devoured an expressively high number of hamburgers [BBQ'd by the P La P Railroad Club's executive chef!] many bags of 'salty' potato chips and enough liquid to significantly compete with the waters of the 1950 Winnipeg flood…
    When he tired of that, he turned to a massive 'Slurpee' [I have photo evidence]. this very act of self-preservation required re-education of Paul's slurpee drinking methods . Have the "brain freeze's ' ceased yet , Paul??

  2. Yes, it's all true (with a bit of exaggeration). Unlike my swarthy companions on this trip, My Swedish-German skin was wilting swiftly in the 34C heat! I was also woefully out of practice sipping Slurpees (sipping is the key word here). Thank goodness for the cooling rain we had around 2PM!