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John B. Smith & Sons Ltd. Callendar, Ont.

GWR 760 with 42" drivers and 10x12 cylinders. #4305 June 1878 Burnham, Parry, Williams & Company

One of two steam dummy locomotives built for the Great Western. One worked a short Petroilia-Wyoming shuttle while the other worked a suburban train that operated between Toronto and Mimico. This latter engine was involved in the disasterous wreck Humber wreck January 1, 1884 that killed 32 workers going to work at the Ontario Bolt Works in Windermere (Swansea). The wreck was a result of an engineer on another train working on a run he was not familiar with. Later, a union rule permitted an engineer to demand a pilot to guide him when he did not "know the road". Another disasterous wreck that happened for the same reason was the infamous Beloeil Bridge Disaster of June 29, 1864 that killed 99. It was the worst wreck in Canada's history. It worked on the Toronto Belt Line 1892 and was sold October 1892 to John B. Smith of Callendar.

John B. Smith & Sons Ltd. 4 0-4-0T Cyl.13x18 Drv. 36" 165# t.e 11,840 #1217 5/16
weight in working order 30 tons. One ton coal, 999 gallons water. CLC/Don McQueen

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