The Western Development Museum – Moose Jaw (WDM) announced today a ten-year sponsorship agreement with K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) for the newly named K+S Potash Canada Short Line 101.
Chugging around the ¼ mile loop, the whistle floating across the prairie, experiencing the sights, sounds, smells and the feeling of steam has been a tradition for countless Moose Jaw families and visitors since the Short Line first opened in 1978. Like any infrastructure, the track has a lifespan, and in 2015, the WDM made the difficult decision to shut down the Short Line 101.
Thanks to the support of KSPC, the public, local organizations and businesses, the WDM is thrilled to be able to get the train ‘back on track’ for the summer of 2018.
“K+S Potash Canada is proud to support Moose Jaw, a community that many of our employees and their families are proud to call home,” said Maeghan Dubois, Manager, Communications at KSPC. “We are happy to help the Western Development Museum – Moose Jaw remain a place of learning, heritage, and family fun in this vibrant community.”
Thanks to K+S Potash Canada, the WDM has completed the rebuild of the ¼ mile track, ensuring the safety of passengers and crew. They 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 Hospital.
“All of us, staff and volunteers alike, are so excited to have the Vulcan back on track! To be able to offer an authentic experience like this allows our visitors the opportunity to take a step back in time and actually see, hear and smell what it may have been like to travel by train 100 years ago,” said Kathy Fitton, WDM Moose Jaw Manager. “The WDM is an important part of the cultural fabric of this province, and having the capacity to provide the specialized training required will ensure this opportunity continues for generations to come. Thank you K+S Potash Canada!”