Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway

When I'm in Winnipeg, I often visit the Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway (GWWD) to see what's going on there. The GWWD maintains the aqueduct that supplies the majority of Winnipeg's fresh water. It has done so for many years, and since there is no road in the area of the aqueduct, it is likely to continue doing so for some time.

Their yard is just off Archibald Street (Route 30) on Plinguet and is easy to see from the road. The people are pretty friendly and I haven't found problems taking pictures, as long as I stay out of the way, of course.

They have a motley assortment of rolling stock, some custom-modified and some hand-me-downs from the bigger railways. They have a few ex-CP ex-BC Rail RS-23s that they use for motive power, and at one time they had operating railbuses. It's an interesting operation.

Here's where you can find my GWWD photos.

This is a (silent) video of GWWD 202 bringing a flatcar up for loading.

The crew loaded a couple of small buildings onto the flatcar with a crane.


Kris said...

Actually, those RS23's are originally from BC Rail.

Canadian Train Geek said...

Thanks, Kris - I did not know that. I will update the post.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the great information and pictures! I've driven by and seen that car and wondered what it was all about.