Qu'Appelle, Long Lake and Saskatchewan Railroad and Steamboat Company

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Qu'Appelle, Long Lake and Saskatchewan Railroad and Steamboat Company
Reporting mark QLSRSC
Locale Saskatchewan
Dates of operation 1885–1906
Successor Canadian Northern Railway
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The Qu'Appelle, Long Lake and Saskatchewan Railroad and Steamboat Company (QLSRSC) was a railway that operated between Regina, Saskatchewan and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada via Craik, Saskatoon and Rosthern.

Augustus Meredith Nanton was an earlier financier who helped raise the funds to establish the railway.[1] Construction began on the line 1883 but ran into financial problems. By 1886, only 25 miles (40 km) had been built, and the line was not finished until 1889.[2]

Work on the first branch line of the QLSRSC began in 1885, from Regina to Craven, Saskatchewan.[3] This permitted the settlement of the area, resulting in the creation of communities as Sunset Cove.[4] The Regina-Prince Albert line was constructed by 1889 and 1890.[5]

In 1889, the company's railways were leased to the Canadian Pacific Railway[5] and finally taken over by the Canadian Northern Railway in July 1906.[2][6] The railway also operated steamboats on Last Mountain Lake.[3] Through its land holding company, the railway sold off its 1,000,000 acres (400,000 ha) of farmland to early settlers.[7]


  1. ^ Hanlon, Peter. "Nanton, Sir Augustus Meredith". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  2. ^ a b "The Calgary and Edmonton Railway". Atlas of Alberta Railways. University of Alberta Press. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Transportation: Canadian Pacific Railway". A History of Regina in Photographs. Regina Public Library. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  4. ^ "History of Sunset Cove". Resort Village of Sunset Cove. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  5. ^ a b Regehr, Ted. "Canadian Pacific Railway". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  6. ^ Herrington, Ross (March 7, 2008). "Saskatchewan Road and Railway Bridges to 1950: An Historical Overview" (PDF). Saskatchewan Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  7. ^ "Qu'Appelle, Long Lake and Saskatchewan Railroad and Steamboat Company - Land for Sale" (PDF). Take from University of Saskatchewan Archives. p. 7. Retrieved 2011-04-17.