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Chapter 18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present

18.12: The End of the Line at Lenore

A branch line extended from Forrest to Lenore through Wheatland, Bradwardine, Harding, and Kenton. “The presence of the Assiniboine Valley [off the photo] just west of Lenore enforced the termination of the line at this point, despite hopes of some locals that the line would cross this glacial spillway and become a through line to the west.”[i] The Lenore extension opened in 1903, and the last train along it ran on August 7, 1980.

On this photo the line can be seen entering the village, Lenore 1, from the east 2 with a turning spur 3 just to the east of the hamlet. Protective fences have been constructed parallel to the line in several locations 4. At the time the photo was taken, Lenore still boasted a grain elevator 5, identified by its distinctive shadow shape. PR 259 6 bypasses the village to the west, and gravel roads follow some section lines 7.

Figure 18.12: The End of the Line at Lenore

Figure 18.12: The End of the Line at Lenore


Figure 18.12

Vertical air photograph: A16398-104

Flight height: 10,300 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.4 mm

Scale: 1:17,100 (approx.)

Date: October 29, 1958

Location: Township 11; Range 24WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62F Virden

                    1:50,000 6F/15 Virden




[i] Williams, A. and Everitt, J. “The End of the Line: The Life and Death of the Lenore Extension” in The Geography of Manitoba: Its Land and Its People. eds. J. Welsted, J. Everitt and C. Stadel. Winnipeg: The University of Manitoba Press. 1996, 217-218.