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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Transfer Railway Spur Line (Winnipeg)

Around 1895, J. W. Buchanan was awarded the contract to construct a spur line serving the warehouse district east of Main Street. James Ashdown, the chief promoter and heaviest user of the track, began work on the Ashdown Warehouse immediately after the rail was laid. In 1987, the City of Winnipeg acquired the spur line from the CNR and built a service road in its place. This plaque, mounted on a carved stone lion’s head from the Royal Alexandra Hotel, is located at the foot of John Hirsch Place at Bertha Street.

Winnipeg Transfer Railway Spur Line Plaque (2009)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89766, W97.13491
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Royal Alexandra Hotel Plaque

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sinclair’s Creek Plaque


Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 February 2012

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