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
18.7: Railway Line on a Glacial Lake Floor
Building railway lines across abandoned lake floors did not present the same topographic challenges as in hilly areas; lines could be constructed more or less in straight lines from point to point. However, once they had been constructed there was the potential problem of blowing snow burying the lines.
Shown here is the CP line 1 on the floor of Glacial Lake Hind leading into Napinka 2. It crosses a small creek 3 draining to the northeast-flowing Souris River 4. In order to alleviate the blowing snow problem, fences/hedges have been built parallel to and on both sides of the line in two locations 5.
Notice also Napinka’s cemetery 6, surrounded by imported coniferous trees 7 (dark tone and triangular shadow shape) and located well outside the settlement.
Figure 18.7: Railway Line on a Glacial Lake Floor
Vertical air photograph: A16402-64
Flight height: 10,500 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 6.01 inches
Scale: 1:17,600 (approx.)
Date: October 17, 1958
Location: Township 3; Range 25WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62F Virden
1:50,000 62F/7 Napinka