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Early Steam Locomotive beside a Larger 1920s One
Archives of Manitoba, Transportation, Railway, 26.

Most intense railway development occurred before WWI. Ordinary railway operations were subordinated to serve the war effort. Locomotives got bigger and some new lines were built in the 1920s.

During the 1920s trucking started to provide some competition for railways, especially for some types of freight. Although trucking would not seriously compete with railways for grain traffic until the 1970s, trucking did begin to siphon off some of the higher paying freight from the railways, which did affect railway revenues.
Early Steam Locomotive beside a Larger 1920s One

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Railway Yard
Saskatchewan Archives Board, Regina, R-A2041

The federal government took over the operation of the bankrupt companies forming Canadian National Railways (CNR), in 1918. The Canadian National Railway was formed in the 1920s when a number of prairie railways, notably the Canadian Northern and the Grand Trunk Pacific, went bankrupt.
Railway Yard

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First Train of Wheat Arriving in The Pas, Manitoba
Archives of Manitoba, Transportation, Railway, 120.

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First Train of Wheat Arriving in The Pas, Manitoba

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