Contest #398: in the middle of the tundra south of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
This remote location along the Hudson Bay Railway from The Pas to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada is a source of gravel used for the construction of the railway across many miles of open tundra. The gravel is used to protect the permafrost from melting and swallowing up the railway. This railway was built to provide Canadian farmers with a quicker way to get their wheat from the fields to Europe through the port of Churchill.
The railway is currently run by the Hudson Bay Railway Company, which also serves the mine and smelter at Thompson, Manitoba.
Congratulations to those who found this rather difficult location:
- Phil Ower
Others needed the hint:
- steve simmons
Contest #398 Hint
Yes, it’s a railway line – built to serve a port to reduce travel time to Europe.
And that stuff to the west – gravel pits to build the railway.
Upcoming contest #400 – a contest onto itself
The last contest in this round of ten is #400 in the Where On Google Earth series.
Thanks to all for the excellent submissions to date. If you haven’t submitted anything, there is still a bit of time to send in your suggestions for locations to use in this special contest via a comment on this post. The comment will remain hidden. Send us your latitude-longitude pair – include a hint as well as something explaining why you chose that location. We will accept entries (as many as you would like to offer) until the end of this contest (#398). At that time, we will choose the most interesting one to use for #400, and automatically award the two points for that contest to the person who supplies that entry (since we can assume you’ll know where it is when you see it before the hint)! There will, of course, also be credit given to person that supplies the winning contest.
Contest #396: Bailey Yards, North Platte, Nebraska, USA
The Bailey Yards on the outskirts of North Platte, Nebraska is one of, if not, the largest railway yards in the world.
With about 315 miles of individual track, it’s hard to imagine how much shunting of rail cars goes on in a relatively compact space.
For more information, visit the Wikipedia page: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bailey_Yard
With no help:
- Phil Ower
- Mehmet DURMUS
- Jesus Rodriguez
- Sarah G
- Paul Voestermans
With some assistance:
- ashwini agrawal
Contest #396 Hint
Over 300 miles of track and nearly 1000 switches here – lots of shunting going on!
Contest #391: Ushuaia Golf Course
In celebration of the Masters golf tournament last weekend, contest 391 was a visit to the southernmost golf course in the world: in Ushuaia, Argentina.
Getting the birdie:
- Phil Ower
Taking the hint: