Heritage Features

Items Listed by Theme: Railways

Sites

Mountainside
(1914 – 1961) Mountainside was an early prairie community and a stop on the Wakopa Subdivision of the Canadian Northern Railway.
Adelpha
The Wakopa Subdivision of the Canadian National Railway reached Adelpha in 1905 and went no further until 1914. Adelpha was a hub of commercial activity during this time.
Argue
(1898 – 1961) Argue was known as "Trackend" for a year as it was the most westerly station on the Winnipeg-Carmen-Hartney Branch of the Canadian National Railway until 1900 when the line continued to Hartney and Virden.
Sanger
Sanger was a station of the CPR. The “Blue Flea” Line headed north from here.
St. John, ND
The Great Northern Railway connected St. John, North Dakota with Brandon, Manitoba.
Regent
(1913 – 1962) The Manitoba Pool elevator at the train station held a 88,200 bushel capacity.
Schaffner
(1914 – 1962) Shaffner was the name of a station on the “Blue Flea” line of the CPR.
Waskada
(1899 – Present) The first buildings in Waskada were a post office and grain elevator.
Wassewa
(1914 – 1961) Wassewa became the name of a train station on the Canadian National Railway, located nearby the Wassewa stopping place established by George Morton.
Whitewater Village
(1886 – 1960s) Whitewater village flourished on the shore of Whitewater Lake for over 75 years.
Alida, SK
(1907 – Present) Alida was the terminus of the Lauder-Alida Branch of the CNR. In 2006 it had a population of 106 people.
CNR Continues
The Canadian National Railway continued east, linking the communities along the CNR Wakopa Subdivision with Greenway and eventually Winnipeg.
CPR Continues
The Canadian Pacific Railway continues east to connect with Winnipeg via Morden.
Horton
(1905-1960s) A small community grew around this CNR railway station.
Melita
(1891-Present) The community of Manchester became Melita when it moved to be beside the railway.
CPR Continues West
(1891 – Present) From Melita, the CPR railway continues west to Estecan, SK.
CNR Continues East
(1898-1961) This branch of the CNR Railway came to southwest Manitoba from Winnipeg, via Carmen.
Croll
(1914 – 1974) Croll was a station on the “Blue Flea” Line (CPR). Its Manitoba Pool elevator held 77 000 bushels.
Elva
(1891-Present) Elva was named after the first child to be born in the village.
Bannerman
(1905 – 1936) Bannerman served as the Canada Customs depot for travellers coming from North Dakota on the Great Northern Railway.
Alcester
(1908 – 1936) Alcester was a stop on the Great Northern Railway line.
Boissevain
(1885 – Present) Cherry Creek was the name of this town before the CPR came through and renamed it after a Dutch financier.
Cadzow
(1886 - ) Cadzow was a stop on the Pembina Branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Coatstone
(1914 – 1961) Coatstone was a stop on the Wakopa Subdivision of the Canadian National Railway.
Cameron
(1902 – 1996) Cameron was a stop on the Lyleton Branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Coulter
(1901 – Present) Coulter was a station on the Lyleton Branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It grew into a small community.
Deloraine
(1886-Present) The town of Old Deloraine relocated to this location to be on along the railroad.
Desford
(1908 – 1936) Desford was the name of a station along the Great Northern Railway.
Dalny
(1902 – 1970) Dalny was a station on the CPR’s Lyleton Subdivision branch line.
Fairburn
(1908 – 1936) Fairburn was a stop on the Great Northern Railway line from St. John North Dakota to Brandon, Manitoba.
Cranmer
(1900 – 1996) Cranmer was a stop on the Lyleton Branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Grande Clairière Station
(1905 – 1961) When the railroad finally reached Grande Clairière, the station was established north of town.
Hazeldean
(1914 – 1961) Hazeldean was a stop on the Wakopa Subdivision of the Canadian National Railway.
Dand
(1913 – 1962) Dand was a station on the CPR's “Blue Flea” line which grew into a small community.
Hartney
(1882 – Present) Hartney is a town with a vibrant history, pleasant present and bright future!
Hathaway
(1913 – 1962) Hathaway was the name of a station on the “Blue Flea” Line of the CPR.
Goodlands
(1899 – Present) This village grew up around the train station on the CPR line that led southwest from Deloraine.
Kentner's Great Northern Railway Museum
Bill Kentner houses a Great Northern Railway Museum in his back yard northeast of Boissevain. He welcomes phone-ahead tours by donation.
Leige
(1914 – 1961) Leige was a stop on the Wakopa Subdivision of the Canadian National Railway Line.
Leighton
(1892 - ?) Leighton was the name of a train station on the Pembina Branch of the Canadian Pacific Railroad.
Medora
Medora was a village on the Canadian Pacific Railway between Deloraine and Napinka.
Lyleton
The CPR Lyleton Branch line reaching west from Deloraine terminated at Lyleton.
Lauder
(1891) Two of the CPR lines met at Lauder in a “T” junction.
Orthez
(1913 – 1962) The McCabe elevator at this CPR station had a 55,000 bushel capacity, the largest on the "Blue Flea" Line.
Ninga
Naples
(1886 - ?) Naples was a stop on the Pembina Branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Napinka
(1891 – Present) At the crux of two railways, Napinka was at first thought destined to be a successful railway town.
Underhill
(1898 - ) The general store is all that remains of this community which grew around the train station on the Winnipeg-Carmen-Hartney Branch of the Canadian National Railway.
Pierson
The Town of Pierson was incorporated in 1891.
Wakopa
(1886 – 1960s) Old Wakopa moved to this location to be at the crux of two rail lines: the Canadian National and Great Northern.

Routes

CPR-Estevan Branch to Saskatchewan
The Estevan Branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway reached Melita in 1891 and continued to the Saskatchewan border.
CPR-Pembina Branch to Deloraine
The CPR reached Deloraine in 1886.
CPR-Pembina Branch to Napinka
(1892) Work on a rail line past Deloraine was finally started, and headed to Napinka which displeased farmers in Melita.
CPR Lauder-Alida Branch to Tilston
(1907-1976) The CPR from Lauder continued to Tilston in 1907. A flood in the spring of 1976 took out the bridge at Bernice along with some of the track, which brought an end to the use of this Branch.
Great Northern Railway
(1905 – 1936) The Great Northern Railway covered the almost 70 miles between Brandon, Manitoba and St. John North Dakota.
CNR Hartney-Carmen-Winnipeg Branch to Virden
(1905) The CNR built a bridge over the Souris River and reached Grande Clairière in the fall and Virden by Christmas.
CNR-Wakopa Subdivision to Deloraine
The 28 miles of the Canadian National Railway from Adelpha to Deloraine was completed in 1914.
CPR-Estevan Branch to Hartney
The Estevan Branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway reached Hartney from Brandon in 1890.
CNR Hartney-Carmen-Winnipeg Branch to Argue
(1898 – 1961) The CNR was built as far as Argue in 1898. Argue was known as “Trackend” while the future course of the line was debated. Delegations from Deloraine, Waskada, Melita and Hartney lobbied for the route to go to their respective towns.
CPR-Lyleton Branch to Lyleton
Lyleton received service by rail in 1902, two years after the railway reached Waskada.
CPR-Lyleton Branch to Waskada
After much hard work, locals in Waskada convinced the CPR to build a rail line southwest of Deloraine. It reached as far as Waskada in 1900.
CPR Lauder-Alida Branch to Alida
(19011-1976) The CPR continued to Alida, SK in 1911.
CPR-Pembina Branch to Boissevain
The CPR reached Boissevain in 1885.
CNR-Hartney-Carmen-Winnipeg Branch to Hartney
(1900-1961) The Canadian National Railway was built past "Trackend" at Argue to reach Hartney from the east in 1900.
CNR-Wakopa Subdivision to Adelpha
The 51.8 miles of the Canadian National Railway from Greenway to Adelpha was completed in 1905.
CPR Lauder-Alida Branch
(1905-1976) The CPR built west of Lauder as far as Broomhill then continued to Tilston the following summer. A flood in the spring of 1976 took out the bridge at Bernice along with some of the track, which brought an end to the use of this Branch.
CPR Lauder Branch
(1912 – 1962) The Lauder Subdivision, also known as the “Blue Flea” Line. The Tracks were removed in 1975-6.