Saturday, September 28, 2013

Video: Cab Ride on the Prairie Dog Central Railway 4-4-0 #3

Actors in period costume re-enact the arrival of dignitaries  in
1913 to open the Hotel Fort Garry. Winnipeg Free Press photo.

As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, Winnipeg's historic Hotel Fort Garry arranged for the equally historic Prairie Dog Central Railway (one of North America's oldest operating steam railways) to be part of a re-enactment at the also historic VIA station across the street.
Earlier this week, the Prairie Dog brought a trainload of actors dressed up in turn-of-the-century clothing to re-enact the 1913 arrival of dignitaries to open the hotel.
Included in the cast of characters was an actor playing the role of Dr. F. W. Bergman, general manager of the hotels operated by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, which commissioned the construction of hotel in 1911. The Hotel Fort Garry officially opened two years later.
A reporter from the Winnipeg Free Press took a ride in the cab of Prairie Dog Central's vintage 4-4-0 #3, built in 1882. Click here to see a video of that ride.

The newspaper was also on hand to record the arrival of the train, and the re-enactment. Click here to watch that video.

Click here to read the Free Press story about the event.

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