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Manitoba Business: Winnipeg Electric Railway Company / Winnipeg Electric Company

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The Winnipeg Electric Railway Company, formed in 1892 by entrepreneurs William Mackenzie and James Ross, became the Winnipeg Electric Company in 1924. It provided streetcar, gas, and electrical service to Winnipeg and several outlying rural municipalities. Electricity was provided from two main sources: a steam-generating plant at Assiniboine Avenue and Main Street, and three hydroelectric generating stations on the Winnipeg River: Pinawa Generating Station (constructed between 1903 and 1906), Great Falls Generating Station (constructed between 1914 and 1928), and Seven Sisters Generating Station (constructed between 1929 and 1952). The company was sold in January 1953 to the Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board.

Presidents

Period

President

1892-?

William Mackenzie (1849-1923)

?-1926

?

1927-1929

Andrew Wingate McLimont (1870-1951)

1929-1940

Edward Anderson (1867-1955)

1940-1952

William Henry Carter (1874-1962)

Vice-Presidents

Period

Vice-President

?-?

William Henry Carter (1874-1962)

?-?

Andrew Wingate McLimont (1870-1951)

?-?

Conrad Stephenson Riley (1875-1960)

?-?

Edwin Victor Caton (1884-1972)

?-?

Lawrence Frederick Betts “Lawrie” Palk (1885-1942)

General Managers

Period

General Manager

1917-?

Andrew Wingate McLimont (1870-1951)

1929-?

Edward Anderson (1867-1955)

Chief Engineers

Period

Chief Engineer

1933-1953

Edwin Victor Caton (1884-1972)

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Electric Railway Building (213 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Electric Company Osborne Street Substation (265 Osborne Street, Winnipeg)

Manitoba Business: Manitoba Power Commission / Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board / Winnipeg Hydro / Manitoba Hydro

Sources:

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 March 2020

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