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Chapter 18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present

18.10: The End of the Line at Lyleton

A spur line from a junction at Deloraine used to serve a string of small settlements in the extreme southwest of Manitoba, the most westerly of which was Lyleton (just off the photo to the east). Shown here is the end of this line 1—already abandoned in 1958—just west of Lyleton. Also seen are gravel roads 2 along some section lines.

In this flat, dry area, water supply and wind erosion are serious concerns. The water supply issue is dealt with in part by the construction of numerous dugouts 3 (rectangular, dark-toned areas). In an attempt to control wind erosion, land is divided into small fields 4 often with north/south 5 or east/west 6 field shelterbelts of trees. Two farms are protected by shelterbelts to their north and west 7.

Although flight lines for aerial photography are usually oriented north/south or east/west, perfection is not always achieved. In this case the east/west flight line digressed by several degrees from true, so east/west roads and north/south roads do not parallel the photo borders.


Figure 18.10: The End of the Line at Lyleton

Figure 18.10: The End of the Line at Lyleton

Figure 18.10

Vertical air photograph: A16273-9

Flight height: 10,350 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.4 mm

Scale: 1:18,100 (approx.)

Date: July 29, 1958

Locations: Township 1; Ranges 28 and 29WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62F Virden

                    1:50,000 62F/3 Gainsborough