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Mount Royal Tunnel

Formerly Mount Royal Tunnel and Terminal Company Limited owned by Canadian Northern. Regular operation through the 3.15 mile long double-tracked tunnel began October 21, 1918 giving CNoR access to downtown Montreal to better compete on intercity service with Grand Trunk and Canadian Pacific both of which had terminals downtown. This heavy duty electric operation remains an important commuter service for the Montreal area.

MacKenzie, Mann and Company was the construction contractor for this project. One of Canada's largest railway contractors it too was owned by Canadian Northern principals William Mackenzie and Donald Mann.

Air plant

Electrification The Electrical News June 15, 1914

Aerial view of Tunnel Terminal (upper left) 1918.
Saint James Cathedral. Largest church in Quebec 1894.
Building at bottom is Sun Life Insurance.
Separated by Dorchester Blvd.

Description of area.

Here is the site today:


Here is a view showing the courtyard inside then original wing.
The north end of the newer building is the same height but built up throughout.


CN 186 with commuter train in Montreal 5-59-67. A.J.Schill/Joseph Testagrose Collection.
Acquired 1940 Montreal Harbour Commission Terminal Railway 107.

One of nine boxcab 101 ton 1100 hp 2400 Volt D.C. units built by English Electric/Beyer Peacock 1926

6712 leads sister and a long afternoon northbound train. Mount Royal July 1983 Clayton Langstaff

Note the differences in the headlight and illuminated number board location compared to 6712 above.
Mount Royal July 1983 Clayton Langstaff

Mount Royal July 1983 Clayton Langstaff

6724 (ex 185 nee MHCT 109) Last boxcab. Built 1926. Pointe St. Charles October 6, 1991 Pierre Fournier

Two views of long commuter train coming and going hauled by a pair of newer GE center cab 1100hp 86-ton locos.

Two photos: Raymond S. Farand

6733 (ex M-4) one of 6 m.u. motors siting all by itself in Montreal. 88 seats 340 HP CC&F 1952
August 8, 1989 Pierre Fournier

6710 on display. All electric locomotives retired 1995. Duex-Montagnes 4/1/2003 Pierre Lacombe

187 Bud Laws Collection 9/1951


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