Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway - Addendum
The article by Pierre Ozorak on the Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway in the September Branchline was extremely interesting and I would like to congratulate you for continuing to publish quality articles on items of Canadian railway interest. I would like to add to the information provided.
The construction of the aqueduct was a large undertaking which required a large railway in its own right. This was a narrow, 36 inch gauge, line and a number of small industrial locomotives were acquired for this project. Those of which I have a record were purchased new from Plymouth as follows:
The narrow gauge construction locomotives were all disposed of as soon as the work was completed. However, the GWWD had a fleet of steam locomotives which survived for a much longer period. These were unusual in that they only carried odd numbers. The details are as follows:
* MLW - Montreal Locomotive Works.
CLC - Canadian Locomotive Company, Kingston.
It may be that the GWWD did own an even numbered locomotive. I have a record of an 0-4-0 #2. This reputedly came from the Scrim Carry Company in Minneapolis and went to Peter Meagher in Duluth in 1919. I would be grateful for further details of this or any of the locomotives shown above.
Bytown Railway Society, Branchline, October, 1993.