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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pedestrian Subway (Sixth Avenue South, Virden)

After an incident in which a young girl was injured crossing between cars of a supposedly stationary train in Virden, the local Women’s Institute lobbied for a pedestrian subway under the railway tracks. Constructed in 1917, at a cost of about $10,500 shared equally between the Town of Virden and the Canadian Pacific Railway, the subway connects the railway station and the business district south of the tracks with the residential area to the north. It was renovated in 1956 after a new elementary school was opened.

Virden Railway Underpass

Virden Railway Underpass (May 2019)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the Virden Railway Underpass

Interior of the Virden Railway Underpass (May 2019)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.85025, W100.92876
denoted by symbol on the map above


“Virden must pay C.P.R.,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 November 1917, page 11.

The Virden Story by Ida Clingan, page 110.

Virden Downtown Heritage District Assessment by Ken Storie, 2010.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 May 2019

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