A few weeks ago I joined a group shoot with the Manitoba Foto Friends at the Railway Museum in Winnipeg. It was to be a welcome, warm change from the brutal wind and cold outside. With the added benefit of shooting something else than snow sculptures, ice sculptures, skaters, curling players and frozen rivers.

The countess of Dufferin

It was definitely different Smile. The countess of Dufferin was as welcoming as always with her steel grate aiming my camera.

The museum had undergone some upgrades since the last time I had been there, but heating was unfortunately not one of them. A chilling temperature of –9C greeted us as soon as we came through the main door of the building.


It was to be expected that heating might be an issue, the museum is located on two decommissioned train tracks, directly adjacent to the fully functioning train station. As such, there are no possibilities to insulate a part of the building from the main station.

Details hanging in thereDetails hanging in there

So, shooting in the cold it would have to be.

This time I decided to go a bit more for the details, as far as the cold would let me. Getting nice sweeping shots of polished trains is not in the realm of this museum, a little like the Aviation museum in Winnipeg. Way too many objects are being crammed together in a small space.

The insulator storeThe insulator store

Some of the train cars are being used as museums all by themselves. This one deals with the electrical side of the business, mainly switches and insulators. I guess that the “Canadian Pickers” would have a field day with these…

Nailed it!
Railway Museum, WinnipegNailed it!

Some of the original nails that were used to fasten the tracks to the wooden ties are here on display. Some might say that they “nailed it” … Smile

Waiting for that dayWaiting for that day

One of those cars that was too boxed in to get a good shot of was this locomotive. The not so ancient CNR 1900 (GMD1) A 12 cylinder, 1200 HP diesel electric locomotive built by General Motors in 1958. First of a series of passenger locomotives equipped with a steam generator.  While it is in the museum, it is still fully serviceable.

The origin of noiseThe origin of noise

Have you ever wondered how those trains can blow their horns so loudly? Well, when you pass enough air or steam through a big enough whistle, the sound can be really loud. Train whistles are supposed to be heard from several kilometers away, just in case there are workers on the tracks that need to get out of there before the train arrives.

Under controlUnder control

Inside the vehicles, it’s all a question of control. Today’s machines will have way more displays and gauges, but the essential ones haven’t changed much. Speed and oil pressure is often what it boils down to for the essentials. A piece of communication equipment is never a luxury either.

Classy tablewareClassy tableware

Passenger trains are rare nowadays in Canada. However, the ones that do travel need to have material to keep the passengers happy. Old tableware can be found in the museum in limited quantities. I have no idea if the services of today still have the class of this old service, though.

Miniature setupMiniature setup

The last picture of today is the complete set of trains that really run inside the museum. It seems that this set is constantly under construction.  The picture town seems to have had some kind of attack, though.

Shooting by –9C in this museum is cool in more than one ways. Try it for yourself.

Until next time…

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Henk Von Pickartz
1 month 5 days

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet Dank je :-)

Anton Peereboom
1 month 6 days

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet

Henk Von Pickartz
1 month 7 days

Best of luck in your new home! Thank you! :-)

1 month 7 days

Best of luck in your new home!

Hilma Sinkinson
2 months 9 days

I am in love with your images of the cold prairie winters. I lived in the middle south of Manitoba and want to get a licensed ...

Dan Topham
3 months 15 days

As always, I enjoy your photo bytes and this one is right up there. After using the flip screen on lay Canon 60D I have ofte ...

4 months 19 days

You mentioned swimming by one of your photos. I see no one swimming. Can we swim at Fort Whyte? They seem to have a dock o ...

Vernon Cole
4 months 25 days

I am looking to see if there are any pictures of the original house situated at Munson Park

John Pelechaty
4 months 28 days

---Great blog once again Henk - enjoyed it very much....

5 months 3 days

Thanks for that piece of info. I had a hard time seeing that burn inside... :-)