The owners of Union Station also built the luxurious Hotel Fort Garry just blocks away to handle the masses of people arriving by passenger rail.
The Winnipeg Railway Museum is housed in Union Station and features the “Countess of Dufferin”, the first locomotive on the Canadian prairies, plus a variety of vintage railcars, cabooses, a Jordan spreader from 1911, technical displays and a gift shop.
The name was changed to VIA Station in 1978 when the federal government amalgamated passenger rail service under one carrier.
Designated a National Heritage Railway Station in 1989.
Operations were merged into Canadian National Railways in 1919.
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