The Portage la Prairie CP Rail Station was built in 1893, and was still being used by the company's train and maintenance crews until it was damaged by fire on November 1, 2002. Shortly after, a few people began pondering the future of the station, as they recognized the building's historical significance to the community. A public invitation was extended to anyone interested in discussing the possibilities for the preservation of the station if CP Rail did not plan to repair and continue use of it.
After gathering as much public input as possible, a committee was formed to organize the task of approaching Canadian Pacific Railway to determine their intentions for the station, and express interest in preserving the building in its current location -- if the fire damage was not too severe. When all formalities after the fire investigation were completed, CP Rail officials arranged for a few committee members to assess the condition of the structure.
The committee feels that the historical value of the station is worth repairing the fire damage and restoring the building. A proper feasibility study has been completed, which outlines the funding and work required, as well as the proposed business plan and usage of the restored station.
Please continue to browse the other pages of this website to learn more about the station's history, current status, and future as the Canadian Pacific Railway Heritage Park & Interpretive Centre.
2018 Train Day & Open House:
Date: Saturday, June 16th, 2018
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Canadian Pacific Railway Station, Portage la Prairie
Portage Heritage Inc. and Portage Model Railroad Club will host our 2018 Train Day & Open House at the CP Station on June 16th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. There will be model train displays, souvenir & railway items for sale, and BBQ burgers & hotdogs available for lunch from 11am to 2pm. We will also raffle a chance to Ride In The Caboose at Prairie Dog Central Railway, tickets are $2.00 each (all proceeds from the event go toward the finishing touches of the station renovations). Free admission, so we look forward to seeing you there!
Portage Model Railroad Club
Looking for the Portage Model Railroad Club information page? You can find it here.