City of Winnipeg Hydro Department built a railway in 1907 from the CPR at Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba 25 miles to Pointe du Bois to a hydro-electric power dam site on the Winnipeg River used for its construction and later, maintenance. It was extended 8 miles to Slave Falls in 1928 for another dam site. This remote railway toiled in obscurity for decades known to few.
An all-weather road was built in 1963 between Lac du Bonnet and Pointe du Bois which resulted in the original line being abandoned thus isolating the 8 mile line to Slave Falls.
This remote railway became famous in 1959 when it was discovered
it operated a fourth 4-4-0 in Canada besides the more famous CPR 29, 136
and 144 in New Brunswick. In fact, City of Winnipeg Hydro number 3 was
itself originally CPR 22
Effective September 2002 Winnipeg Hydro became Manitoba Hydro.
Built 4/1882 by Dubs & Co. Glasgow, Scotland. Rebuilt CPR 7/1909
City of Winnipeg Hydro 3 at the Greater Winnipeg Water District railway after recently being relocated there from its isolated line at Pointe du Bois. Both are non-common carrier railways owned by the city of Winnipeg. c.1960's Vlad Kedrovsky.
Number 3 would go on to fame hauling tourists on the Prairie Dog Central where it continues to operate.
Winnipeg Hydro 4 rare model 30-ton gas-electric two 125
HP Continental engines.
All photos from Bill Grandin's collection are those of Mark A. Perry.
B1 railbus ex NP acq. January 1929. Model AC with McGuire-Cummings
body baggage-coach seats 29.
Formerly (September 2002) Winnipeg Hydro originally established 1906.
Manitoba Hydro 857 shown displayed at Portage la Prairie Heritage June 22, 2017
Portage la Prairie Heritage including station built 1892. 3 St. NE August 2012
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