Canadian Railway Yards,
Water Towers, Round Houses,
Control Towers and Freight Sheds

What I am trying to do is separate all these various
structures from the Station pages
This section like the station pages is devided into provinces or areas


British Columbia
Atlantic Canada


Winnipeg's Arlington Bridge is in the background of 
this northwest view of the vast CP yard, taken from 
the adjacent Salter Street Bridge around 1978.
Salter Street Bridge, reconstructed around 1984
is now known as the Slaw Rebchuk Bridge. Notice
the lack of graffiti on all railway cars.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Freight from the West arrives in the Winnipeg Yard,
located northwest of downtown, led by SD40-2 
locomotives CP 5698 with CP 5554 and CP 5539, 
around 1978.

Note the trailer on flatcar (TOFC) on the left hand
side. The age of the container had not yet arrived. 
Also 5539 still bears the old style cab striping.
Also it is painted with the small CP Multimark,
while the others have the Large Multimark.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Another view of CPR's Winnipeg yard around 
1978, looking northwest. The Arlington Bridge 
in the background opened in 1912, is one of only
four ways across the tracks. The bridge also 
constitutes a fine vantage point over the yard.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
CN yard and station at Neepawa MB.
This picture was submitted by Arthur Grieve, Winnipeg, Manitoba
CN Station gang at CFB Shilo MB.
This picture taken and submitted James Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Water Tower at Brandon MB, 1960's
This picture taken and submitted James Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Roundhouse at Brandon MB, Jan 1968
This picture taken and submitted James Booth, Willingdon AB
Watertower Glenboro MB
This picture was submitted by Arthur Grieve, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Federal Grain Elevator, 1937, Plum Coulee MB
This  pictures was submitter by Jim Sheppard, Fort Frances, ON Canada
The La Rivière, Manitoba CPR station in 1953, when
it was still in use. Completed in 1898, it was in use until
the 1960s. The station, built in the French Canadian 
style with a mansard roof is the only one of its kind 
still left in Manitoba and now a heritage site (#081)
since 1994.

La Rivière was founded 1886 by Metis Franco-
Manitobans but the area is now English speaking. 
La Rivière (translated to "The River") refers to 
the nearby Pembina River. The name of the station 
was painted in large white letters on opposite sides 
of the long roof.

The station had full railway facilities on the lower floor
and the stationmaster's family inhabited the upper floor; accessed either through the station or by outside 
stairways. While everything else was destroyed, the
CPR station was moved in 1986, to the nearby Archibald Museum; to be part of their collection, encompassing
other historic Manitoba buildings.

Photo: The Late Lorne Unwin Massey F. Jones collection.
As the CPR was expanding west in 1883 branchlines
became necessary to serve recently-opened grain
elevators and other needs of settlers in the Pembina

The La Rivière subdivision opened in 1893 (see the timetable). In time, the station became an important divisional point, with the opening of a nearby brickyard
and it features not only the station itself but a 
roundhouse, turntable and a series of other outbuildings.

This photo shows the track side of the station in 1953, 
when it was still in use. The building on the extreme
right is most probably the roundhouse, with the
turntable pit in front, seen in another view on this page.

Photo: The Late Lorne Unwin Massey F. Jones collection.
The roundhouse and repair shop at La Rivière MB 
station in 1953 viewed over part of the turntable pit. 
The roundhouse was built in 1908 and demolished 
in 1960.

The gentleman in front is an RCAF officer in #5 Dress;
very likely a railfan friend of the photographer.

An extensive early history of La Rivière (322 pages) 
can be found at
/154.pdf. Under the heading of "Canadian Pacific
Railway", there is a description of the early line and
period photos, one of which is of the Daily Express 
from Winnipeg and the roundhouse.

Photo: The Late Lorne Unwin Massey F. Jones collection.
The turntable at the La Rivière CPR station, showing 
the iconic station to the right, the repair shop to the left 
and a couple of outbuildings, as well as the mainline 
track;  in 1953, when everything was still in use.

It appears to be of the "Armstrong" type, requiring
manual pushing to rotate. One of the levers is shown
here. The one at the other end can be seen in another 
view on this page.

Photo: The Late Lorne Unwin Massey F. Jones collection.
This 1953 view of the track, at La Rivière CPR 
station, shows a well-maintained right-of-way. 
Note the tall switch stand and bridge, just west of 
the station when it was still in use as a divisional 
point. The bridge at the centre of the photo, spans
either the Pembina River or the Mary Jane Creek.

This portion was abandoned August 1st, 1962. The
landscape is part of the Pembina Hills, almost directly 
south of Portage La Prairie, MB.

Photo: The Late Lorne Unwin Massey F. Jones collection.
CPR Employee time table, issued October 28, 1979. 
Today, the CPR interchanges at Morden with the
Boundary Trail Railway Company; a producer-owned railway, which acquired land, bridges and track from 
the CPR and since 2009, operates on 23 miles of the
former La Rivière Sub from Morden to Binney, with 
former CN 4625;  a GP-9 unit still in GTW livery with 
the same number.

La Rivière is no longer served by any railway.

Massey F. Jones collection
CPR south of Winnipeg shown on Employee Time 
Table 66, issued October 28, 1979.
The La Rivière subdivision was (17)
Massey F. Jones collection
Wedge type Canadian Pacific snowplow 400658 and
a couple of service cars sit on a siding at La Rivière, Manitoba in this 1953 photo. The wedge plow is part
of a 36 new plows manufactured by the CPR at their 
Angus Shops in east-end Montreal between 1920
and 1929 and numbered into the 400XXX series.
La Rivière is no longer served by a railway and the 
tracks now end a few miles short of there, where a 
private operator has now taken over a shortline,  interchanging with the CPR.
Photo: The Late Lorne Unwin Massey F. Jones collection.
The wooden water tower at La Rivière MB, almost
directly south of Portage La Prairie in 1953. It was 
located opposite the station along with a very large 
coaling tower, as shown in a period photograph at
/154.pdf     Flip to page 23.

Along with other outbuildings, the water tower  was 
likely destroyed in the early 1960s , with only the 
1898 station declared a Manitoba Provincial 
Heritage Site (No. 81) in 1994  and preserved, 
because of its historical value and the only example
of such building in Manitoba. The station was moved
to the nearby Archibald Museum to add to their
collection of buildings.

Photo: The Late Lorne Unwin Massey F. Jones collection.
CPR Shed at Plum Coulee MB. and a Jigger car
This  pictures was submitter by Jim Sheppard, Fort Frances, ON Canada
CPR Lake of the Woods MB, 1920s/1930/s
This  pictures was submitter by Jim Sheppard, Fort Frances, ON Canada

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The Grain Elevators of Western Canada
MOW (Railway Maintenance Equipment)
Train Bridges and Trestles
Untimely End
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