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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