Winnipeg Cab History / 40: Railway Stations (5)
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Above: The CPR station in 1911. Below: The CPR station soon after its completion in 1905.


Top: Archives Manitoba, Winnipeg -- Railway Stations -- CPR (3) 8 (Negative N9827) "1911. Photo by T.C. Wetton." Bottom: C.P.R. Depot, Winnipeg, Man. (Toronto: The Canadian View Co., Toronto, "[after 1905]". Prairie Postcard PC001239 from Peel's Prairie Provinces (University of Alberta Libraries),

Winnipeg Cab History / 40

Railway Stations (5)

Some photos of the CPR station show several waiting cabs or omnibuses while other photos show almost none. This makes sense because it was only worthwhile for cabs and omnibuses to show up at the station when a train was due to arrive.

The top photo was taken in 1911 and shows a horse-drawn omnibus parked in front of the station door in the same position as the landau in the photo of the Countess of Dufferin (see Railway Stations (3)). Close examination of this postcard photo shows a horse-drawn cab parked on the other side of the omnibus.

The bottom photo was probably taken soon after the completion of the station in 1905, given the absence of landscaping and fences. The untidy clutter of omnibuses and drays suggests that regulations for parking on railway property were not yet in force.

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