Chapter 18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present
By virtue of its coastline along
In the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century, numerous railway lines criss-crossed southern
Roads have to some extent replaced the railway lines. They have a general east/west alignment (the Trans-Canada Highway No. 1, The Yellowhead Route No. 16, PTH 2 and PTH 3) or north/south alignment (PTH 10 and PTH 5). The main sources of electricity are in the southeast and the north. Power lines carry electricity to most parts of the province. They can be seen on air photos especially where they cut through wooded land. Similarly the routes followed by oil and gas pipelines are identifiable because when they are buried the soil is disturbed to result in a different tone or colour than the surrounding land, a variation that is easily detected on air photos. The topography of southern
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
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