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Get on board The Great Train Trip Giveaway! You and a friend could be traveling VIA Rail's signature Silver and Blue class from Rivers to either Toronto or Vancouver ~ a round trip valued at nearly $5,000.!

• Get your tickets today ~ $20. each ~ only 1,000 sold.
• Tickets available at Carol's Time Again Treasures in Rivers, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm ~ call 204-328-4434 ... or ... call 204-328-7841 evenings and weekends.
• All proceeds go to the Rivers Train Station Restoration Project. Draw date is February 14, 2009 in Rivers, MB.


You could win a return trip for two from Rivers to either Toronto or Vancouver on VIA Rail's award winning Canadian train. Your one/two day trip each way will begin in Rivers (departs Rivers Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), and you will be treated with VIA's signature Silver & Blue class service throughout the journey.

• Much more than a way to get there, Silver & Blue class offers the romance and sophistication of a classic overnight rail experience. Enjoy the best of Canadian cuisine, freshly prepared and served in the stylish dining car. Pause for a drink in the Skyline car or Park car, or climb up to the observation dome for a 360-degree view of your surroundings. And fall asleep to the rhythm of the rails in your cozy private bedroom.

• As a Silver & Blue class passenger, you enjoy pre-boarding privileges and priority baggage handling at major stations, comfortable bedrooms with nightly bed turn down service, exclusive use of shower facilities, exclusive use of lounges and observation dome in the Park car, and an on-board Activity Coordinator. Special touches include a "Welcome Aboard!" reception and appetizers and wine, personal shower kit, 24-hour complimentary tea/coffee service, and of course, courteous staff attentive to your every need.

• As all meals are included in your trip, dining in Silver & Blue class is a memorable experience in itself. Whether for breakfast, lunch or any of the three evening sittings, an enticing menu is freshly prepared by our on-board chef, featuring soups and salads, superb hot entrees and irresistible desserts.

• Full Draw Regulations are in the previous posting.

• For any further information regarding the Great Train Trip Giveaway ... or the Rivers Train Station Restoration Project, please call 204-328-7841.

• Get your ticket today ... and GOOD LUCK!

• Winner will be determined by random draw on February 14, 2009 in Rivers, MB.
• Winner will receive one voucher for TWO passengers for a round trip to either Toronto OR Vancouver aboard VIA Rail Silver and Blue Class valued up to $5,000.
• Ticket voucher not transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash.
• Ticket voucher must be redeemed by August 21, 2009 ~ this will not be extended.
• Departure must be from Rivers, Manitoba.
• Winner responsible for transportation to and from Rivers.
• Winner responsible for all lodging and expenses at point of destination. (Toronto or Vancouver)
• Ticket voucher not valid December 15 - January 5 inclusive and from Easter Thursday to Monday inclusive.
• Only the winner's name on the voucher may use the voucher. It is strictly forbidden to sell, assign, trade or transfer in any manner whatsoever the travel voucher to another person.
• Subject to available of space on board. Early booking is advised.
• Winner will be notified how to reserve their trip.
• Chances are 1 in 1,000 (total tickets sold) to win.
• Winner consents to release of name and photo by licensee for draw announcement.

Posted by Rivers Train Station Restoration Project Committee

VIA RAIL CANADA Partners Generously with Community


Everyone present at the official opening of the Rivers Train Stationette was thrilled when VIA Rail Canada representative Michael Woelcke presented co-chairs Ralph Sprenger and Donna Morken with a travel voucher. The promotional travel certificate will entitle the bearer to two (2) round trip tickets in silver & blue class - valid for travel from Rivers to either Vancouver or Toronto!  The value of the voucher is estimated up to $5,000 and deemed perfect as a fundraising raffle for the project.

At a luncheon following the opening, Mr. Woelcke announced that VIA Rail Canada would also be picking up all costs of the renovations made to the stationette building. VIA Rail's commitment in assisting and working with the Rivers Train Station Restoration Project committee is generous and warmly welcomed.

Posted by Rivers Train Station Restoration Project Committee


Rivers Train Station Restoration Project committee members Barb Sveistrup and Arleigh White held the ribbon while (l to r) VIA Rail Canada representative Michael Woelcke, committee co-chairs Ralph Sprenger and Donna Morken performed the honours of cutting the ribbon.

The stationette provides a well-lit, warm, secure and safe place for passengers boarding or arriving in Rivers.  Formerly located at Brandon North the Rivers Train Stationette is now the only VIA Rail boarding station west of Portage la Prairie into eastern Saskatchewan and between the south and north Manitoba borders.

Community members graciously gave their time and expertise in moving the stationette to it's location. Moving was done by Mark Gill of Gill Farms, Oak River; shingles were donated by Accent Roofing, Brandon; construction work was done by Doug Marriott of Marriott Construction, Rivers; Harold Dyck, Rivers offered his skills in welding and many committee members and their families did the painting and sprucing up!  The signage was donated by Neil Roy of Richmond Signs in Brandon. Everyone's efforts resulted in a building we can all be proud of. Just wait til we get started on the main station house!


All funding for the Rivers Train Station Restoration Project is raised through government grants; individual, business and corporate support/sponsorship and various fundraising projects such as the sale of heritage keepsakes (railway spikes and station prints), personalized bricks for the Wall of Memories as well as Rivers Train Station note cards. See below.

Posted by Rivers Train Station Restoration Project Committee

Keepsake Spike


Pewter locomotive mounted on an original railway spike adorned with a silver RIVERS plaque.

Keepsake Print


A beautiful replication of the Rivers Train Station, painted by Dr. Hobbs of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada is now available in 16" x 24" prints. A keepsake to cherish.

Rivers Train Station Prints available at Carol's Time Again Treasures in Rivers, 328-4434 or from Rivers Train Station Restoration Project committee at 328-7841.

Wall of Memories


Brick by Brick, you can help build the Rivers Train Station Wall of Memories to be built at Millenium Park, in the gardens next to the caboose.

This low, two sided wall will be graced with plantings and be one of the focal points in the development of the Millenium Park in Rivers.

Each brick will be a tribute to community members both past and present!

• Personalized Engraved Bricks for the Wall of Memories may be ordered by calling the Rivers Train Station Restoration Project committee at 328-7841.

The RTSRP Committee is right on track!

• Through a fully funded educational project a Brandon University student has developed a business plan for the restoration of the Rivers Train Station.

• Research is being made into the most effective and efficient alternative energy source for the station. The options that are being explored include solar, biodisel, geo-thermal and wind.

• Committee members and volunteers have held numerous clean-up sessions at the station, preparing it for reconstruction and renovation. Looking good!

• The general foundation and structure of the building is in good shape. Steps have been taken to prevent further deterioration of the roof.

• VIA Rail Canada is working closely with the committee and community and is enthusiastic about the future partnership!

• Part of the 'green' restoration plan for the roofing may include Enviroshakes® ... superior shingle product composed primarily of reclaimed materials.

•  The committee continues to work hard to promote and spread enthusiasm for the project.