Originally published August 11, 1971
The CP Rail station at Virden did not open for business Monday morning, when the new customer service centre came into effect. Anyone who has dealings with the Canadian Pacific now has to telephone a Zenith number in Brandon, which will connect the caller to a member of the service centre staff who can answer questions and deal with problems regarding CP Rail, CP Air, CP Transport, CP Hotels, CP Ships and CP Telecommunications.
Among the other areas included in the service centre area are Oak Lake, Kenton, Wheatland, Hamiota, Miniota and Elkhorn.
Henceforth, there will no longer be anyone at the CP station here. Only a few short years ago, the station in Virden was manned on a 24-hour-a-day basis.
Contacted about the closing of the station, Mayor Steve Hegion said Monday that it is to be hoped that the changes as they occur will not have a more serious effect than that which was indicated by CP Rail at the time of their proposal. “Only a period of operation will indicate whether the changes are for community betterment or detriment,” he stated.
Virden presented a submission to the Canadian Transport Commission when the hearings regarding the customer service centre were held.