Ontario Southland Railway
Ontario Southland is an independent, locally-owned Canadian company.
Commencing in April 1994, Ontario Southland took over switching from CN and CP of the Petro Canada plant in Clarkson, (Mississauga) Ontario, located on the Canadian National Oakville Subdivision, a Joint Section also used by Canadian Pacific. Operations began using former TH&B 51 an upgraded EMD NW2. The contract was renewed until April 2008.
Ontario Southland went on from this modest beginning to
take over operation of the Guelph Junction Railway, owned by
From time to time OSR leased locomotives to shortlines
and industry for short periods as well as a longer lease
January 1, 2023
Scroll to bottom for this and other photos of the "jump' diamond.
Drone view with 1244_8235 crossing CN main line at Mile 50.8 Dundas Subdivision.
1249 freshly repainted.
501 and 502 both sold 2018 Waterloo Central 1001, 1002.
1249 in new paint and 1244 with multis.
Below these recent photos are a number of sub-articles covering the
CAMI wye at far left. St.Thomas Sub in background near tree line.
Two views of the new Ingersoll transload facility in operation! November 3, 2021
Finally. Delayed but finally construction resumes on the new transload facility to replace the small transload (see below). Primarily for steel it will remove large tractor trailers from the center of Ingersoll. October 19/2021 ENLARGE
Drone aerial view of transload Ingersoll. Primarily used for OSR's
maintenance requirements this public transload
ENLARGE similar view showing closeup of transport truck and railcars of steel.
Transload (a.k.a. team track) in Ingersoll is being used by the latest new customer for steel shipmments.
Loading local sawmill lumber.
Saw mill located on Amish farm just
south of Putnam. They ship ties (to be treated elsewhere) from the
January 2021 GM announced a major ($990M) refitting of
their CAMI plant to build the new Bright
Drop EV600 electric delivery van. 600 cu.ft nearly 5 ton capacity.
An initial order from FedEx for 500 of these vans in late 2021 is full
UPDATE: October 2021.
GM has announced it will also build a smaller electric delivery van
the EV410 a 400 cu. ft. shorter
History and Photography of Individual Lines.
(Updated May 4, 2020)
A further OSR expansion came about when the CPR decided
to shortline its Port Burwell Subdivision between Ingersoll
Two new tracks being built May 2020 at Future Transfer in Tillsonburg.
OSR built a small diesel shop at Salford where a welcoming
township smoothed the way with lower taxes than elsewhere.
Dowler-Karn, a family-owned local fuel dealer has always supplied OSR diesels.
(Updated September 27, 2020)
A major expansion came about the CPR shortlined its St.
Thomas Sub. and OSR leased it effective December 15, 2009.
The biggest gain traffic wise was the large CAMI automotive
assembly plant in Ingersoll which required another daily train.
OWS with HARSCO equipment doing some serious track work east of Belmont. September 21, 2020
First run of 102 July 1, 2020
Acquired 5/2006. Last GP9 built. GMD A2019 8/1963 Algoma Central 172. Sold 4/1986 Essex Terminal 102.
102_1594 leaving Ingersoll for St.Thomas on its first day of road operation.
Crossing a wooden trestle at Tamarack Ridge Golf Club Putnam.
Heading to St.Thomas after switching Messenger in the background.
OSR ended all freight service on April 30 and returned line to CN May 1, 2020.
CN issued notice June 26, 2020
offering to sell the line from '
Successor to Trillium which operated this line as the St.Thomas and
Eastern, took over most of the
END OF THE LINE!
After 22 years and 8 months of providing great customer service that resulted in a huge increase in freight traffic the end came on August 28, 2020 when Ontario Southland, its management and employees left the City of Guelph's property. Sadly, all that hard work, pride, dedication to duty and service to the community wasn't enough to ensure that a fair and equitable agreement could be reached to renew the contract to operate the Guelph Junction Railway.
Roster of diesel units
Gallery OSR Rolling Stock
NOTE: Follow these links for a more detailed history of the
CPR employee time table 1959 Goderich Subdivision Port Burwell Subdivision
Ontario Southland Railway Official Web Site
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