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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Gillam Switching Engine (Railway Avenue, Gillam)

This small switching engine and caboose near the Gillam Railway Station at Gillam were placed here in 1983 by a group of local residents led by Bette Winner. They were renovated in 2012 by the Gillam Chamber of Commerce with financial assistance of the Manitoba government. The engine was manufactured by General Electric in May 1941 for the United States Army for use at its Kingsbury Ordinance Plant C-1 at Kingsbury, Indiana. Transferred to an army training centre at Fort Benning, Georgia in the 1950s, it was used there until 1965 when it was sold to the Ontario Hydro Electric Power Commission. Used during the construction of the Mountain Chute Generating Station near Renfrew, Ontario, it was sold in 1967 to the Kettle Constructor's Consortium and used during the construction of the Kettle Generating Station. The caboose was formerly used by the Duluth, Winnipeg, and Pacific Railway.

Gillam Switching Engine

Gillam Switching Engine (July 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N56.34712, W94.70110
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Canadian National Railway Station (Railway Avenue, Gillam)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kettle Generating Station (Nelson River, Northern Manitoba)


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 April 2020

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