Serving King and Country: Transcona's Hometown Heroes


Creator(s): Transcona Historical Museum

Serving King and Country: Transcona's Hometown Heroes explores the experiences of a small, tightly-knit railway town whose social consciousness was forever changed by the events of WWI and WWII. Transcona, Manitoba, began as an industrial centre for the railway, home to one of the largest repair shops in Western Canada. During both wars, Transcona railway workers served king and country through their work at the "shops". In jobs that were deemed essential for the war effort, they helped maintain a national railway system that was vital to transport military troops and supplies across Canada. They also worked on secretive operations that included manufacturing munitions and building Canada's only armour-plated train.