On Saturday, I took in the lightly-promoted annual Railway Days at the Winnipeg Railway Museum, located inside Union Station at the corner of Main and Broadway.
Upon walking up the stairs to the museum, you are first greeted by the railroad crossing sign:
To the left is some seating where you can watch some railroad movies:
There are a number of engines where you can climb aboard and look around:
Unlike past years, there was not a VIA car available for touring, but there was a train waiting, so I got a shot of it:
Inside one of the cars is a display featuring a number of old pictures as well as signal equipment used by the railway in years past:
These two shots are of the stations in Eriksdale and Ninette. I hope they have a plan to scan these photos digitally to preserve them for posterity.
In addition to the railway cars on display, there are many other items of interest for the historian, including a display from the Transcona Historical Museum, maps of rail lines from the days of the early pioneers, and plenty of model railroads around.
Between Winnipeg Beach and Gimli, PTH 9 has a full paved shoulder and speeds are reduced to 50 km/h through both Sandy Hook and Winnipeg Beach.
I passed on the fresh “pickeral”.
The caboose in Winnipeg Beach.
A block off the highway is the historic Dunnottar train station that has been turned into a museum. I didn’t go in, but I would like to check it out on a return trip.
Approaching Ponemah Road.
An apple tree.
I had the urge to yell “shark”, but I resisted the temptation.
An Olympic rower, Colleen Miller, apparently competed in “Indianapalis” and “Tazmania”.
The Whytewold Emporium is quite popular, though I can’t personally vouch for the reasons why.
The pier in Matlock.
Looking at the northern tip of Netley Marsh from the end of the pier.
One of the many cottages nearby:
A sign from Peter Bjornson, the MLA for Gimli, one of Carli Ward’s former teachers at Gimli High School, and perhaps soon to be returning to his old job after the October election:
I made a slight detour to Moonlight Bay, where I noticed the high water level. Normally, these rocks aren’t covered by water.
For those so inclined, there’s a new Robins Donuts location in Gimli, in the main floor of the Lakeview at Centre Street and First Avenue.
This is the webcam that shows the Gimli Harbor to the world:
A look at Loni Beach from the harbor:
And a look at Willow Island from the harbor:
Having covered this route as a passenger in both a car and a bus, I knew this was a scenic route, but even I did not fully appreciate it until I covered it on two wheels. For anyone looking for a bike journey out of the ordinary, this is a destination I can highly recommend. Public parking is available in Gimli just off First Avenue, south of the Lakeview, where you can bring your alternative transportation and explore the eastern Interlake region at your leisure.