The whistle returned to the WDM Moose Jaw on June 17. The WDM Moose Jaw is thrilled to announce its new title sponsor, K+S Potash Canada.
Thanks to K+S Potash Canada, the WDM Moose Jaw completed the rebuild of the ¼ mile track, ensuring the safety of passengers and crew. The Museum will also be creating an education program to train certified operators and crew volunteers, and will offer free day passes to families staying at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital.
The WDM would like to thank K+S Potash Canada for their generous support. We would also like to thank CP Rail, Cypress Paving Ltd., Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, Thunder Creek Model Railroad Club, Vintage Aircraft Restorers, Saskatchewan Lego Users Group, SaskTel Pioneers and many other local supporters.
Thank you to Ironhorse Railroad Contractors for all the work that went into rebuilding the ¼ mile track.
Keep checking for ride schedule on the K+S Potash Canada Short Line 101.
The $101K for the 101 Campaign continues to make progress. Contractors from Ironhorse Rail worked very hard in the fall to re-build the Short Line track. This was a major project – levelling, laying new ties, correcting angles, replacing rail, pounding spikes and putting down truckload after truckload of gravel. WDM Chief Engineer Tim Pomeroy brought in an experienced railway inspector once the work was completed.
“We walked every inch of the new track and the inspector made a handful of recommendations to address,” Tim said. “I am very pleased to report that all of those minor issues have been brought up to standard and we have a train-worthy track at the WDM Moose Jaw.”
We also need volunteers. “Volunteers are the heart of the 101,” says Kathy Fitton, WDM Moose Jaw Manager. “Qualified and trained engineers and firemen to run the train for our visitors, conductors, ticket takers – we are looking forward to getting our experienced 101 volunteers back to work and to welcoming new volunteers for next year and the years to come.” Once the infrastructure is in place, the only limit to how often the train can run is the people power to do it. The $101K for the 101 Campaign will provide a fund to support volunteer recruitment and training so we have enough volunteers to keep the Vulcan running as often as possible. Moose Jaw and steam train fans have been waiting a long time for this, we want to be able to give as many people as possible the unique experience of the feeling of steam.
Three things you can do to help:
1. Donate today by clicking the link below. Every gift, no matter how small, will make a difference.
2. Call the WDM Moose Jaw to learn how to volunteer or CLICK HERE .
“I know it’s summer when I hear the train whistle.”
Have you ever ridden on a steam-powered train? There’s nothing else like it.
The Short Line 101 is the only place in Saskatchewan where you can experience the sounds, the smells and the feeling of a steam train. The little train, as it is affectionately known, started chugging along the tracks in 1978, providing a unique experience at the WDM Moose Jaw. But the train hasn’t run since 2015.
Even with routine maintenance and annual inspections, the track needs extensive repairs so visitors can enjoy rides for many years to come. We need your help.
You can bring that history back to life. You can bring the whistle back to Moose Jaw – with your donation today to help raise $101K for the 101!
Click the Donate Now button above to make your secure gift.
Together, we can get the little train at the WDM back on track.
Funds raised will be used to build a proper roadbed to support the track and to reengineer it so the train has a smooth ride. We’ll repair rail, replace ties and fix switches. We will also build a shelter for the Vulcan locomotive, spruce up the route with landscaping and grow our training program, so people can learn how to be steam locomotive engineers. Thank you for your support.