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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Canadian Pacific Railway Brokenhead River Bridge (St. Ouens, RM of Brokenhead)

A steel bridge over the Brokenhead River, near the community of St. Ouens in the Rural Municipality of Brokenhead, was constructed by the Canadian Pacific Railway as part of its original transcontinental railway that ran through Molson, Beausejour, Tyndall and Selkirk and then into Winnipeg. This section was opened in 1880. The stone piers were built wide enough to accommodate dual tracks but this capability was never used because, in 1907, the mainline tracks were rerouted to run directly from Molson to Winnipeg. The track running over this bridge has operated as a branch line ever since.

CPR bridge over the Brokenhead River

CPR bridge over the Brokenhead River (2011)
Source: George Penner

CPR bridge over the Brokenhead River

CPR bridge over the Brokenhead River (2013)
Source: George Penner

Site Location (lat/long): N50.05013, W96.44842
denoted by symbol on the map above


This page was prepared by George Penner.

Page revised: 10 May 2021

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