Everyone aboard the train line: Edmontonians share their 2018 ups and downs

adminDecember 30, 2018

Forget chocolate boxes, life is like a cable car.

After the opening in December 2017, the city's cable car marked its first year of operation – less any closures for repairs and maintenance.

When the year went close, Postmedia climbed aboard the hillside to chat with riders about their ups and downs in 2018.

Edmonton Fire Rescue District Chief Todd Weiss had a hard start to the year.

"I was under the weather for about a month," Weiss said during a visit to the cable car just before Christmas. He took weeks to recover from a terrible migraine in January, he said. But Weiss said a highlight of the year was a campaign at work, as it was a visit to New York City in the summer. Weiss returned to New York back in 2001 to assist with rescue work after 911, and he reflected on this experience in an interview with Postmedia in 2011 for the 10th anniversary.

A view from inside the cable car when traveling uphill on December 27, 2018.

Paige Parsons

The theme of friends and family filled Janice Ngo's thoughts as she stepped up Grierson Hill in the cable car on a cold Wednesday in the gap between Christmas and New Year.

Ngo, who came to take the fresh snow from Frederick G. Todd Lookout, said that 2018 was a pretty good year, partly because she was able to build family relationships with relatives who were not always around when she was younger.

"As a child I was not so close to my family because they always worked," she said.

She's less happy with how 2018 ended up in the form of friendship: she says she lost some long-term friends this year, and she feels responsible for the breakdowns.

"Looking back, I think it was my fault that we are not so close anymore," she said.

As the afternoon wore on, traffic from traffic went from sights to commuters.

Darrel Primeau did not miss a battle when asked about the 2018 highlight.

"My grandson was born this year," he said with a laugh.

He said "not so much hurt" in 2018, even though the economic downturn has made the job tough. But he is optimistic about turning around in 2019.

During the summer months, Chuck Mueller likes to cycle to and from work, but he is on foot for his daily commute as he climbs aboard the tower in the middle of Yule. Life was pretty good in 2018, Mueller said.

"I still have a job and I'm still healthy," said Mueller, who couldn't think of a "down".

"Can't really complain about anything," he said as he left and headed home.

The field was closed for maintenance at the beginning of December, but reopened for the holiday season. Another closure is expected at the beginning of January for maintenance work to continue, according to a city council advice.



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