In 1980, Heritage Winnipeg acquired Winnipeg Streetcar #356, accepting both ownership and responsibility for its continued preservation.
Following negotiations, an agreement was drawn up between Midwestern Rail Association and Heritage Winnipeg for the streetcar to be moved to the Winnipeg Railway Museum – to the train shed at the Via Rail Canada Union Station at Main Street at Broadway Avenue – for restoration. In order for Car 356 to be restored, sufficient funds need top be raised for materials, etc. A five-year plan for the completion of the project was devised by the Streetcar Committee of Heritage Winnipeg. Donations are welcome and extremely helpful for this unique cause.Heritage Winnipeg’s primary goal is the protection of the city’s built heritage; as such, it might appear that the preservation and restoration of Streetcar 356 is outside the scope of our mandate. However, the development of the street railway system greatly influenced the development of our built heritage and urban landscape. It is relevant to our mandate and warrants the preservation of this sole remaining representative of a major factor that shaped our city.