Canadian National Railways
Special train with 6400 marking first train July 1836.
2514 with a long passenger train. Vancouver July 1938 Bud Laws Collection
2128 smoking it up as oil burners often did. Cowichan Sub. V.I. May 1957 Elwood White/John Cowan Collection
2141 working on Cowichan Sub. V.I. Jamie Douglas Masters/John
CNR 2141 became known for hauling the last steam-powered
train on Vancouver Island.
One of 25 (2130-2154) Consolidation type locomotives ordered by Canadian Northern.
CNoR 2134 Cyl. 23x26 Drv. 57" Pres.170# 34,800 t.e.166
tons working order eng. and tender #1052 7/1912
Note: 2141 and 2164 preserved. The latter operated as T&NO 137.
ONR operated a steam train as a Centennial (1967) project
using a CNR locomotive acquired for that purpose.
"T&NO 137" (ex CNR/CNoR 2164) 2-8-0 CLC
5299 fireman looking back for conductor's signal to proceed.
Passenger train running through Holland Landing near the
famed Holland Marsh vegetable farming
Extra 2589 is obviously a local with its very short train.
2547 (ex GTR 684) MLW 40601 1918
6023 stopped with engineer
checking out the camera guy!
Leaving town. Note wig-wag signal working.
Mostly headend cars and a single coach.
6023 in better times. 6023 taking water at Spadina. 9/1/1940 Doug Cummings/Bud Laws Collection
L&PS L-2 on interchange track. CNR 5585_5143 eastbound
with a coal drag.
5589 with local passenger train Lindsay in the 1950's. John Cowan Collection
6034 two photos: Doug Hately Collection
CNR Second 1 engine 6062 taking water and coal (below)
at Ferland, Ontario 30.1 miles east of Armstrong.
Less than five years later and 6062 is hauling the last
scheduled run of steam on passenger.
I remember being a bit disappointed because Train 334
(Oxford Jct. to Pictou via Pugwash)
Mixed 218 engine 3547 leaving Ridgeway, Ontario. 4/12/1958
Mixed 233 engine 1541 southbound crossing the NYC diamond
Hagersville Saturday, August 10, 1957.
Mixed 233 engine 80 an E-10-a class Mogul sits
in James Street station in Hamilton Saturday, July 16, 1955
Activity around No. 16 engine 6032 stopped at Island
Pond, Vermont. September 6/1954
Plow Exra 2471 on the Gravelbourg Sub. in Saskatchewan in 1947 Grant Bailey Collection
Mountain type 6048 running with 9 car train. Toronto Circa 1934
6058 with 7 car passenger train. Toronto Circa 1931
6403 powers a pre-GO_era commuter train. How would you like to ride behind that!
The photo of CN 6403 on the commuter train (probably 79) at Port Credit is actually a westbound train. The locomotive is just encountering the crossing for Hurontario Street (Hwy. 10) and the switchstand is for the exit turnout from the westbound passing siding. The structure with the extended eaves is the building for the crossing watchman. As we look at the photo, the track immediately to the right of the locomotive is the eastbound main and the next one is number four track that commenced at Port Credit with the switch under the control of the station operator. Originally, the east switch of the westbound siding was just west of the Shaw Drive crossing but sometime around 1950 it was extended east with the switch just west of the bridge over Cooksville Creek. The westbound block signal, located just east of the Creek bridge had a take siding signal on it and this signal was also under the control of the Port Credit operator.
The white houses are on Elmwood Avenue and the green area is a play ground for Forest Avenue School. I went to Forest Avenue School for grades one, two, and three and one day during one of the winters one of the CNR 2-6-0s (I think they were E class) derailed on the cross over from number four track to the eastbound siding (which was used for freight car storage) and the locomotive was sufficiently derailed that an auxiliary crane had to be brought from somewhere to re-rail her. Im telling you this storey, Raymond, to bring some lighter comments regarding accidents at this location and one of the workers assigned to the auxiliary was very, very large. During school recess, many of my fellow pupils were pelting him with snow balls and, he did not seem to mind at all, he stood there laughing and taking it all!
I grew up in Port Credit and recognize the location. Brian
The photo containing 5700 would indicate that she is on
train #80. 80 was the all stops local from London that stopped at Port
Credit shortly before 11:00 a.m. Judging from the sun's shadows and the
locomotive exhaust, it would indicate that the locomotive is accelerating
and that is why I think that it is #80. 5700 was often assigned to #80
(and westbound #77) during the late 1950s. 5700 is on the #4 track
switch and I would suggest that the drivers are on the frog. A signal
is just out of sight on the left side of the photo. It was a two headed
signal with the heads staggered and would give green over red if the switch
was lined for #2 track (the east bound main) and the next signal was green
but, if the switch was open for #4 track, a more restricting indication
and, I cant remember what is was. The #4 turnout was a fairly high
speed turnout so, I dont think that it was as restricting as a red
over green but, as I said, I cant remember what it was.
I grew up in Port Credit and recognize the location. Brian Bentley
Weary traveller heading home? Bill Thomson
6004 complete with smoke deflectors handling express while stopped at Oshawa. Circa June 1944 C C Grayson
Last U-2-g Northern 6234 leads a westbound train
from James Street station in Hamilton. 12/1957
Streamlined U-4-a class 4-8-4 6404 with another westbound
train at the same place and date. December 1957
James Street Station (360 James Street North) July 1940
George Harris/Keith Sirman Collection
With declining passenger traffic and the coming of VIA Rail
this station located on Hamilton Bay at the far end of the CNR yard in
an industrial area and away from the downtown business area was eventually
closed February 26, 1993.
6110 with ten cars on the Maritime Express westbound at Truro, Nova Scotia.1949 Jon Archibald Collection
U-1-a 6003 part of the first order (16 engines) of a new
more powerful locomotive Mountain type 4-8-2's built for CNR.
Busy scene with lots of railroaders. Northern 6131 is getting attention by engineer oiling around while fireman or a shopman tends to the ashes during a stop with passenger train. Fellow standing in middle of track looks impatient with hands on his hips. Another to the far right is throwing a switch. Moncton, New Brunswick. Joseph Testagrose collection
6234 looks to be westbound west of Sunnyside near the
Ontario Food Terminal. 8/1958 Toronto
Two winter scenes around Hamilton of two Northerns
(6230 above and 6233 below) on two days. Bayview 1/28/1959
6233 passing Hamilton harbour. 1/29/1959 Frank Barry/Joseph Testagrose collection
Looks like 6400 has just arrived from Toronto while another
engine waits behind it on the next track.
Heading for the shop. Two photos: Jim Shaughnessy/Joseph Testagrose Collection
6401 westbound looking off the Bathurst Street bridge.
Switchtenders shanty in foreground.
Streamlined Northern 6402 leaving Toronto Union eastbound to Montreal. Joseph Testagrose Collection
6403 westbound by Bathurst Street Yard having just left
Union Station in Toronto. 3/10/1957
2189 assisting another engine up grade near Halifax. 1942 Stan Borden/Joseph Testgarose Collection
Extra 3503 racing thorough Lorne Park on the Oakville Sub. 8/1955 W.H.N.Rossiter/Joseph Testagrose Collection
J-7-c subclass Pacific 5299 racing through Aldershot into the setting sun 5/14/1958 Joseph Testagrose Collection
Hudson 5701 on Track 1 departing westbound from
Toronto Union Station 11/10/1956. Joseph Testagrose Collection
Note the green wagons used for express shipments. They
are hauled by tractors.
6205 with passenger train. St.Lambert, Que. 1943 Joseph Testagrose Collection
First train over CTC passing
Pontiac Junction arriving Moncton from Montreal.
This interesting scene is marred by the fungus on the slide. Just imagine it is autumn leaves falling!
1125 with employee picnic train. Canadian National Recreation Association.
5132 with what appears to be one of the elusive silk trains
westbound at the east end of Union Station in Winnipeg c.1928
For decades thousands of people used trains to reach Grand Beach from Winnipeg such as this one in 1923.
Eastbound freight from Mimico Yard on the High Line at Bathurst Street with some loads of famous Massey-Harris farm machines built in Parkdale or Brantford. June 1956 Jim Parker
Cap-stacked Hudson 5702 working upgrade with a
short train near Bayview, Ontario. 1958
Two passenger trains sit ready to depart London for Windsor.
June 1957 Jim Hinkhouse
U-2e 6171 with "elephant ear" smoke deflectors. Moncton, NB 1943 Joseph Testagrose Collection
Northern 6168 taking water near Brantford 1959. Joseph Testagrose Collection
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