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
18.42: Oil Pipeline West of Wawanesa
The oil pipeline route is seen as a straight light-toned line in the south 1. Note the bend in the east 2 so that the line could cross a road at a sharp angle without disturbing too much of the road surface.
Two abandoned railway lines are also very clear: the CN line trending northwest/southeast 3 and the CP line trending northeast/southwest 4 that intersect at Methven Junction 5. A single elevator, identified by its shadow shape 6, is located at Banting on the CP line. PTH 2 7 cuts across the southern edge.
The land shown is flat fertile agricultural land developed on lakebed sediments. By the time the photo was taken (mid-October) crops had been harvested, resulting in light-toned fields with distinctive patterns 8. Some have been cultivated in preparation for next year’s crop, resulting in very dark tones 9. Notice that on this fall photo, deciduous trees along a small creek in the centre have changed colours, resulting in a light tone 10.
Figure 18.42: Oil Pipeline West of Wawanesa
Vertical air photograph
Flight height: 13,700 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 151.87 mm
Scale: 1:24,400 (approx.)
Date: October 11, 1966
Location: Townships 7 and 8; Ranges 17 and 18WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon
1:50,000 62G/12 Wawanesa