Huge Hauling Job To Island Falls

From the Free Press Evening Bulletin, Winnipeg, 1929.


26,000 Tons of Equipment Moved to Power Site─Work Proceeds Rapidly

(Special Dispatch to the Free Press.)

The Pas Man., March 24.— Charles B. Morgan, local contractor, has practically completed what will undoubtedly stand for along time as the most stupendous undertaking of its kind.

The gigantic task of moving approximately 26,000 tons of equipment, 80 miles, from Flin Flon to Island Falls, the site of the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting, company, power project the few remaining loads will be taken in early this week.

Many believed that Morgan, who had the contract for the work, would get little more than half the freight in to Island Falls before breakup, owing to the unfavorable weather early in the season. Excellent organization, 11 Lynn tractors and gangs of men who knew the ropes, however, overcame all difficulties and the task is completed with many days of good freighting weather yet ahead.

The round trip of 160 miles took the tractors on an average of about 40 hours to cover. There were no stops on the way, and a caboose dragged after the tractor provided the spare crew with sleeping quarters while the engine kept chugging on.

There are five camps situated along the road, but the crews seldom stopped at any of these, except in cases of breakdowns and these were few and far between.

Forty miles of the road is over lakes and the other 30 is kept well iced. A "road" gang was on the job all the time with the result that little difficulty was experienced at any time in getting through.

The record load of the season was taken in by Driver Jim Scouten on February 6, it weighed over 112½ tons. The 80 miles was covered in 28 hours, 15 minutes, and the round trip occupied 39 hours, 15 minutes.

The machinery taken in consisted mostly of small locomotives, turbines and hoists. Some 13,000 tons of cement is included in the shipment.

Work is proceeding very rapidly at Island Falls. At the present time rock is being crushed, which will be used for building the dam.