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he Grand Trunk Pacific - Brandon

The Grand Trunk Pacific promised a spur to connect Brandon with its main line that passed about 15 km north of Brandon. Work began in 1911. A rail bed was graded from Harte as far as the Assiniboine River, where a bridge was constructed.

But by that time it was becoming apparent that railway companies had overbuilt, and the resulting financial woes intervened.
 The project was terminated in 1913 leaving only an unfinished rail bed that had never seen rails, let alone trains, and a bridge that was never crossed and had to be demolished in 1924 leaving only the massive supports.

This map from 1915 included the proposed spur.

This 2017 photo from Historic Sites of Manitoba, by Gordon Goldsboro shows the bridge supports in Assiniboine just east of Brandon

The rail bed is still visible where it approaches the

...and in several places between Brandon and Harte.

The following Google Earth display is based upon Mb Railroads Site by Donald McRitchie.

Much of the rail bed is visible on Google Earth.

Newspaper Clippings Tell the Story









1914 & 15


These stories and much more available at:

U of M Digital Collections

These clippings are cropped, organized and presented in what I hope is a user-friendly form.
They are the tip of the iceberg.
The original resources are from from the amazing  searchable newspaper archive that Manitobia has assembled.