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About nfroese

Neil Froese is a retired teacher residing in Ontario with his wife, Eileen. Growing up and living in southern Manitoba in the 1950's to the late 1980's, Neil's interest in trains was piqued by the visual and sound drama of early Canadian Pacific steam on cold, crisp winter mornings as the trains would dutifully deliver most anyone and everything to and from the towns and villages in southern Manitoba. The CPR station with its "agent" was the commercial and in many ways, the social hub of prairie towns until 1950's when train passenger service was terminated as more and more persons choose the independence of the automobile and the use of better highway infrastructure. However, a pre- Christmas winter ride on the CPR passenger train with his mother and brothers from Mather to Winkler in the 1950's to spend time with the grandparents was "as good a gift as was needed" as far as Neil was concerned. To a young boy 8 years of age, It was a great, unique experience - always to be remembered!

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

534 The Napinka Subdivision, Mile 0 to Mile 49

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532 The Napinka Subdivision, Mile 0 to Mile 49

Picture42011/05, CPR/Napinka Sub. Mile 49. End Of The Line. View – looking back S.E. towards former BTRC property in the direction of Holmfield. This railway property was sold in 2012 to Andy Keen and Brenda Seward. The track in the photo is still active CPR track used mostly for grain car storage.  Click on photo for detail. © Text and Photos exclusive copyright of N. Froese.

531 The Napinka Subdivision, Mile 0 to Mile 49

Picture132011/05 CPR/Napinka Mile 49. View – looking N.W. to Killarney, MB. This was the end of the Boundary Trail Railway Co. property until its sale in May, 2012. The track in the photo is the still active CP line going on to Killarney and eventually to Napinka were the line joins up with the Estevan sub. which is part of the CPR Brandon division. Click on photo for detail. © Text and Photos exclusive copyright of N. Froese.

529 The Napinka Subdivision, Mile 0 to Mile 49

Picture62011/05, CPR/Napinka sub. Mile 48 – looking W. towards Killarney grain terminals in the distance using an 18 – 135 mm lens at “normal eye view setting.  Notice the distance of approximately two miles from the grain terminals, compared to the telephoto magnification in the previous post. Click on photo for detail. © Text and Photos exclusive copyright of N. Froese.