Laman Junction (CPR Maniwaki sub) turntable
Posted by: elyob
N 45° 27.667 W 075° 44.357
18T E 442202 N 5034442
Quick Description: The Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train is located at 165, Deveault Street, Gatineau (Quebec).
Location: Quebec, Canada
Date Posted: 6/13/2011 8:37:07 PM
Waymark Code: WMBQKB
Construction of the railway from Hull to Maniwaki began in 1889 (as the Gatineau Valley Railway) and was completed in 1904 by the Canadian Pacific Railway. That section of railway was known as the CPR's Maniwaki subdivision. The track north of Wakefield was abandoned in 1986. Much of the former rail bed now hosts the Trans Canada Trail.
Track between Hull and Wakefield is still used by excursion steam trains. This turntable, though no longer in use, is located beside the terminus of the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train.
Two miles south of the Steam Train station, the Maniwaki sub connected with the rest of the rail world at Laman junction (45° 27.450' N, 075° 43.804' W), where the Lachute sub (Hull to Lachute) and the Maniwaki sub (Hull to Maniwaki) meet. Remnants of the rail are still in place but the junction is no longer functional. The Steam Train is isolated from the rest of the rail universe.
Before 1967, south of Boulevard Saint-Joseph, the Maniwaki sub occupied what would become Rue d'Edmonton. Before 1967, the junction (45° 26.938' N, 075° 43.729' W) with the outside world was near the present-day casino. The turntable is located on that original pre-1967 rail bed. It is likely, therefore, that the turntable dates from 1968 or later.
Number of Stalls: 0
Year Built: 1/1/1968
Currently in Operation: no
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