Thursday, May 12, 2016

RIP Peter Lacey

I heard today that Peter Lacey passed away. Peter was a noted railway historian in Manitoba, known for his work with the Midwestern Rail Assocation / Winnipeg Railway Museum and as an author.

The Muskeg Limited, by Peter Lacey
Peter wrote two books that I know of:
  1. "The Muskeg Limited", about the Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway; and
  2. "Tramway to the Pointe", about Winnipeg Hydro's tramway to the Pointe du Bois dam.
I know he was almost finished a book "3,000 Years of Railways" and may have been working on another about the Midland Railway / Burlington Northern Manitoba Limited.

Peter was also the St. Vital community correspondent for the Winnipeg Free Press, and was involved with the public transport advocacy group Transport Action Canada.

I met Peter once, at the Prairie Dog Central Railway. He seemed like a nice man.

The railway community has suffered a big loss. Rest in peace, and my condolences to his family and friends.

Peter's obituary

1 comment:

Bert Baumgartner said...

That is very sad to hear I really enjoyed his two books about the GWWD and the Pointe De Bois Tramway. I grew up near Pointe De Bois in Pinawa, MB and always found it and the GWWD interesting little railroads. I never got to meet the man myself sadly though.