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LOST! Winnipeg's Spectacular Streetcars

Winnipeg's streetcars have vanished - sold, scrapped, crushed, burned and buried - erased from history with only the fading memories of an aging generation to cling to. Once the height of modernity which made Winnipeg a desirable place to live and drove its development, today the streetcars have disappeared without a trace, without a single reminder of their invaluable contribution to the making of a prosperous young city. Why have they faded from our collective conscious when other cities capitalize on their rich history and endearing charm, drawing in locals and tourist alike? Of the 433 magnificent streetcars that once road the 120 miles of rail in Winnipeg, today only one remains, Streetcar 356. Reluctantly rescued, volunteers have steadily worked on restoring it to its former glory, determined to save this last precious remnant of Winnipeg's streetcar history before it is lost forever.

On a crisp October morning in 1882, Winnipegger's excitedly gathered on Main Street…
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