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Chapter 18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present

18.14: Rail Yards at Brandon

Brandon owes its existence to the fact that Canadian Pacific decided to follow a route along the Assiniboine Valley and that a site on the south side of the westward-flowing Assiniboine River 1 was selected as a division point[i]. Seen here is the CP line 2 crossing the Assiniboine River 3 and entering Brandon from the east. The line spreads out into marshalling yards 4 on which numerous trucks can be seen, as well as a large round house 5[ii]. A long abandoned line 6 (even in 1958) can be seen in the northeast with a spur 7 leading into the buildings 8 of what was the Mental Health Centre. First Street 9 crosses the railway line and the Assiniboine River at an overpass 10. The irregular line cutting across the western edge of the photo 11 is a tear in the negative.

Figure 18.14: Rail Yards at Brandon

Figure 18.14: Rail Yards at Brandon

Figure 18.14

Vertical air photograph: A16429-78

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

Scale: 1:17,600 (approx.)

Date: October 29, 1958

Location: Township 10; Range 19W1

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon

                    1:50,000 62G/13 Brandon

                    1:25,000 62G/13d Brandon


[i] For an explanation of a division point see figure 12.11, note 1.

[ii] For a description of a round house see figure 8.42, note 1.