Large winter photo of a railway track gang, unloading materiel from specialized railway car, at current end of tracks of the Hudson Bay Railway, that runs from The Pas to Churchill Manitoba.
On back typewritten:
Track laying on the Hudson Bay Railway
Handwritten photo # -- 14178
Comes from the estate of a French collector who died in 1940s.
Small piece missing LL corner, not affecting image.
16 x 23.50 cm
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
Hudson Bay Railway
The line was constructed by an earlier company of the same name. The Hudson Bay Railway was built starting in the early 1900s under Canadian Northern Railway before being taken over by the Government of Canada and completed in 1929. The lines were operated by Canadian National Railway from 1929-1997 before being sold to OmniTRAX.
Originally, the Hudson Bay port where the rail line was to terminate was to have been Port Nelson, at the mouth of the Nelson River, which drains Lake Winnipeg. During World War One construction of the rail line was suspended, to divert resources to the war effort. When construction was recommenced the decision was made that maintaining a port on the Nelson River would have too many ongoing expenses, and that the port should be relocated to the mouth of the Churchill River.