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
18.50: Rivers Airport
This old (1948) air photo shows part of the Rivers airfield when it was still active. The southeast end of the main runway that ran northwest/southeast is visible 1. Northeast of the runway are several large hangers 2 for storage and repair of planes. An even larger building further east is probably an arena 3. North of this are buildings with an H-shaped plan 4, probably barracks, with numerous small buildings to the north 5, probably single family dwellings.
Note also the following:
1) PTH 25 6 paralleled by a long abandoned railway line 7 on which is an elevator 8 identified by its shadow shape. A spur line 9 leads southwest to sidings 10 with railcars on them 11.
2) This area is northwest of the misfit Little Saskatchewan River 12 with a large valley. The valley side is dissected by numerous gullies 13. Serious soil erosion 14 occurs in some fields cleared for agriculture.
Figure 18.50: Rivers Airport
Vertical air photograph: A11731-147
Flight height: 12,000 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 8 inches
Scale: 1:15,500 (approx.)
Date: September 5, 1948
Location: Township 12; Range 21WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62K Riding Mountain
1:50,000 62K/1 Rivers