Prairie Dog Central Railway
The Prairie Dog Central Railway
is known as a short line railway which is owned and operated by The Vintage Locomotive Society Inc. or VLS. This railway is also known as one of the oldest regularly scheduled vintage operating trains in North America. The Prairie Dog Central Railway is dependent upon the gracious volunteer members who operate the train, the station and their shop to get it going during the season. The VLS is a Registered Charity whose primary goal is operate and maintain the Prairie Dog Central Railway vintage steam train.
The PDCR or Prairie Dog Central Railway has a preservation history of operating on the now-abandoned Canadian National Cabot Subdivision from 1970 to 1974. From 1975 to 1996 the PDCR operated on a now abandoned Canadian National Railways Line and from 1999 the PDCR purchased and moved to the former CN Oak Point Subdivision.
The visitor season runs from May through September with the last almost four hours with one stop in the rural community of Grossle Isle
. Regular trips are scheduled every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Monday from May through September. There many family activities to enjoy such as the Special dinner excursions, the Howlin’ Halloween Express Trains in October and the most recognizable event for the children, and the annual Day Out with Thomas event
. There is another neat event called the Engineer for a Day
. Details of the operations can be found on by checking the schedule of events
Prairie Dog Central Railway is available for a private vintage railway. This means it can be chartered to celebrate your own special occasion to build a lasting memory. Depart from Inkster Junction Station
and upon returning decide between several dining and entertainment locations you wish to visit.
The Prairie Dog Central Railway is a heritage railway just outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and is available for all to see including private chaters, and schools. Plan a unique event such as conventions, weddings, corporate functions, anniversaries, fundraising, family reunions, meetings and dinner with dancing too.
The Vintage Locomotive Society Inc.
P.O. Box 33021 RPO Polo Park
Winnipeg MB R3G 3N4
Phone: (204) 832-5259
Fax: 1-866-751-2348 toll free North America
Prairie Dog Central Railway Day Out with Thomas video
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