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Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway

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The Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway is a 167-kilometre 102-mile long industrial railway from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Waugh on Shoal Lake near Manitoba's eastern boundary in Canada The railway was built between 1914 and 1916 to assist in the construction and maintenance of the aqueduct supplying fresh water to Winnipeg It is owned by Winnipeg's municipal government

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Physical plant
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

History

The railway is located 110 feet south of the aqueduct linking Winnipeg to Shoal Lake After the aqueduct was completed in 1919, the railway did not shut down Instead, the railway started hauling timber for firewood and paper mills and gravel for construction In addition, the line began moving rock from various railway-dug quarries along the line

The railway carried passenger traffic in its early years Initially, three trains per week carried workers and materials to areas where rail was still being laid The line was also used by settlers to and from St Boniface and by home or cottage owners in southeastern Manitoba The primary cargo was gravel and firewood for the Winnipeg market; the firewood market especially was booming by 1935 Later, the train carried lumber to pulp and paper mills Passenger service was profitable into the early 1960s The railway discontinued mixed trains, carrying both freight and passengers, in 1981 and today is freight-only

Gravel trains were discontinued in 1992, when a concrete manufacturer, Supercrete, shut down its pit at Ross, Manitoba

Recently, Winnipeg officials folded the railway's operations into the city's Water and Waste Department As a result, the railway has been assigned the task of maintaining and providing security for the aqueduct It also takes workers and supplies needed for the aqueduct and hauls supplies to the water intake facility at Shoal Lake, returning with contaminated materials

Physical plant

Closeup of rail car

The GWWD Winnipeg terminal and facilities are located at 598 Plinguet St in St Boniface The railway's offices are housed in a former passenger depot, although the GWWD no longer operates passenger trains

See also

  • Railways portal
  • American Water Landmark - the Winnipeg Aqueduct, Greater Winnipeg Water District awarded in 1985

References

  1. ^ Lacey, Peter "The Muskeg LimitedThe First 80 Years of the Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway" Friesen Printing, Ltd, 1994 ISBN 155056286X
  2. ^ Trains magazine, March 2013, p 34
  3. ^ Trains magazine, March 2013, p 34
  4. ^ Trains magazine, March 2013, p 34
  5. ^ Trains magazine, March 2013, p 34
  6. ^ Trains magazine, March 2013, p 36
  7. ^ "The Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway" Winnipeg - Know Your Zone City of Winnipeg 24 February 2014 Retrieved 27 December 2015 
  8. ^ Trains magazine, March 2013, p 36
  9. ^ Trains magazine, March 2013, p 36
  10. ^ Trains magazine, March 2013, p 36
  11. ^ Trains magazine, March 2013, p 37
  12. ^ Trains magazine, March 2013, p 37
  13. ^ "The Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway" Winnipeg - Know Your Zone City of Winnipeg 24 February 2014 Retrieved 27 December 2015 

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