3510 at Ottawa West
M4g 3510 (Baldwin 30714 4/1907) in front of Ottawa
West station partially blocking Bayview Road.
Collection of Bruce Chapman Note: 3510 retired 5/1957
In my pre-teen days, every afternoon, this old cow
would pull a string of cars westward along Scott Street to switch
the industries...Zagermans, Beach Foundry, Independent Coal
and Lumber, Cummings Coal, Fentimans, which used the team track
at Westboro station, and Leafloor Coal, just east of Woodroffe Avenue.
Some of the sidings were facing westward on Scott Street, and some
eastward, so returning to Ottawa West from Westboro backwards, the
engine could often be seen with cars both in front of and behind the
engine. The tail end crew would be on the caboose platform with their
little whistling device to warn automobile drivers of the trains
approach, and 3510 would also blow for the crossings, while stuck
in the middle of the little train.
One time I was talking to Duncan DuFresne about this engine, and he
said 3510 was just a pile of nuts and bolts ready for the junkyard,
and the regular engineer was always listed in the register book at
Ottawa West as A. Ross. Duncan said that his nickname behind his back
was nigger Ross, but he wasnt black, except for the coal dust
stirred up by the fireman shovelling into the firebox.
The chimney of Ottawa West station can be seen behind the engine,
and the Humane Societys little building is just to the north
of the station, north of the little parking lot. The Humane Society
was moved years later to Champagne Avenue near todays O-Train
station at Carling Avenue, and now it is out in the south end of Ottawa
on Hunt Club Road West.
One summer day about 1955, the conductor on the work extra 3510 (west),
Mike Zaroski, asked me if I wanted to take a trip in the van to Leafloors
coal out near Woodroffe Avenue. I accepted, and rode with him in the
van with the 2 other yardmen, and the engineer was the good old Andy
After doing the switching at Beach Foundry, Independent Coal and Lumber
and Westboro teamtrack in front of the station, they proceeded to
set off all their cars in that team track (proected at both end by
derails). and proceeded out to Leafloors with just one car of coal
and the van. They set off the load and lifted the empty hopper, threw
the hopper on the van which was still on the main line of the Carleton
Place Subdivision, and then put the whole shebang, engine, empty hopper,
van and backed into the back track into the loaded car into the siding,
and sat....and sat....and sat.
Finally after several minutes, I could hear a whistle off to the east.
Along came the G1 4-6-2 2226 heading over to Smiths Falls with a train
of boxcars of loaded paper that had come in from the C.I.P. plant
in Gatineau. I guess the yard office figured that these cars would
be too much tonnage for early-evening freight #83 to Smiths Falls,
so they ran this extra.
When I looked at the orders on the conductors table in the van,
he had a 31 order, which both he and engineer Ross had signed, and
it said: Work Extra 3510 protects against Extra 2226 West between
Ottawa West and Britannia after 210pm.
The dispatcher who signed the order, H.R. was Harry Rickerd who worked
from Smiths Falls looking after all the branches out of Ottawa, Monday
to Friday days. So after the 2226 went by, they pulled out of the
back track, backed eastward to Westboro, picked up their train, and
backed further to Ottawa West. I believe that they had to stop at
Independent Coal and Lumber west of Island Park Drive to lift cars,
so those cars would have been on the nose of the engine as he backed
down Scott Street.
So ended my adventurous day. It was not my first ride
nor would it be the last!