Tuesday, 20 November 2012


JOIN US for stories and songs celebrating railways, trolley-cars and Britannia Park! 
Ottawa Electric Rail Car circa 1900. Ottawa City Archives.

PRESENTED BY: The Workers’ History Museum
TIME: Thursday 29 November at 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre
2805 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON

TICKETS: $10.00

A STORY: The Almonte Train Wreck - remember the people who worked on the trains of the Ottawa Valley and specifically those who came to the aid of NO 550 – Pembroke Local during the night of 27 December 1949. 36 people died and 207 were injured.

“Anyone with any sense would have stayed by the fire that dreadful night. Snow and sleet competed with freezing rain as engineer Joe Sauv√©, and conductor M. O'Connell approached train No. 550 in Petawawa on December 27, 1942. They would have to pull the 10 wooden cars with “the contemptible old hog”! The engine: light Pacific No. 2518 had plied the tracks of the Ottawa Valley for 34 years and in all that time, it had not had a single trip that went smoothly.

This would be its most disastrous… Thirty six people died and 207 were injured…”

SONGS: Chris White will sing Mac Beattie’s song: Train Wreck at Almonte. He is writing a song about Britannia Park and will sing some of his own songs.

WORDS OF WISDOM: Ken Clavette will talk about the Workers’ History Museum exhibit on Britannia Park -- the People’s Playground.

TROLLEY CARS David Jeanes will talk about the about the street cars that took Ottawans out to Britannia Park for fresh air and romance.


Donna Stewart and Ruth Stewart-Verger are storytellers with years of experience recounting tales of Canada’s history. They come from a long line of CN and CP railroaders. Donna and Ruth have told stories on all three of Canada’s coasts, and everywhere in between! Donna was given the title “Elder” by the Storyteller’s of Canada/Conteur du Canada’s national conference in 2003. Ruth has recorded two CDs of Canadian history. The stories we tell of Canadian Railways have been researched through academic texts, Archives and the newspapers of the time, but they are heavily influenced by family stories we have heard all our lives!

Chris White: Musician; community organizer; activist; co-founder and past artistic director of the Ottawa Folk Festival, Chris White is an integral part of the Ottawa Community. Chris will perform his original songs, one written for this event about the impact of Britannia Park on the local community.

David Jeanes: A former President and current member of Transport 2000 and Heritage Ottawa, David has a long-standing interest in transportation and architectural heritage. He is also part of the Ottawa Heritage Streetcar Committee, working to plan, build and operate a heritage streetcar system in downtown Ottawa.

For more information contact: info@workershistorymuseum.ca

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