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.
Portage Model Railroad Club 2021 Running of the Trains Day:
Date: Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Location: Canadian Pacific Railway Heritage Park & Interpretive Centre, Portage la Prairie
The Portage Model Railroad Club will be hosting a "Running of the Trains" Day, with the station open to the public for viewing various model train displays, as well as some historic rail items and pictures.
Admission is $5.00 per person (kids under 12 are free and must be accompanied by an adult).
Please note the following COVID restrictions apply:
- The station is limited to 50% of maximum capacity for fully immunized visitors (unvaccinated children 12 and under must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated member of their OWN household).
- ALL visitors must meet Manitoba Health screening requirements and provide contact tracing information, wear a mask at all times inside the station, and follow physical distancing rules.
Portage Model Railroad Club
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