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One of the great things about this website is hearing from our readers, or "visitors" as they are known in the www. Especially when they provide additional information or photoograps or corrections to what we have written. All too often old photo scans come with little or no caption or even a credit. Sometimes I pass over these photos because of this lack of caption. Other times I endeavour to write something myself often with the aid of a select following of railroaders or railfans who are knowledgeable in various matters especially something in their own baliwick. At times Bruce Chapman will forward my plea to those he feels are most likely to have knowledge in the particular location. Some time ago Bud Laws a frequent contributor of photo scans he has acquired over the years sent out a nice shot of G5 class 1258 at Montreal West. Although dated it did not identify the train and this is where I decided to enhance the experience of visiting the Old Time Trains website. Bruce sent out a message on the party line (emailed) and got back a respone that seemed to fit the scene and so I wrote it up.

Recently Jeff Forrest a visitor who lived in Montreal West from 1955 to 1963 riding and railfanning these trains wrote to say we were wrong. He felt the train shown was not Number 180 from Ste. Therese as it was on the wrong track. Rather it was
just a suburban train from Rigaud. Again, the jungle telegraph was sounded and amazingly we heard from someone who rode the train THAT DAY! Here is what Ron Ritchie, CPR retired; had to say: "It happens that I rode # 180 from BN (Montreal West) to WJ (Windsor Station) that day and the motive power was 2426, as it had been for some time. The 1258 was obviously on a Rigaud or Vaudreuil commuter. Don't be fooled by the presence of a combo. I wouldn't be surprised if the smoke rising above the second car on the commuter train was from engine 2426!" ...... AMAZING!

I NEVER consider it nitpicking when someone writes to offer their view of what we have written. Please continue to do so.

Raymond Kennedy


April 1, 2017



CPR Ships BCCS Ross McLeod corrects caption for Transfer No.4 this being second barge carrying this number.
Link in caption for Spanner Cover and caption with details which he also provided.

Old Articles Index Facilities Ross also advises of missing text last paragraph CNP Patricia Bay ferry slip


Photograph Galleries CPR Diesel 8921

Recently John Vincent was able to identify as his a photo with uknown photographer noted.

If you see a photograph not credited which you believe is yours, kindly do us the favour of so advising and will be happy to correct the missing or inaccurate credit.






Website assistant

Looking for someone with experience using Photoshop or FastStone image software
to resize scans and digitally restore images as required.









Ships BCCS Added history and details (link in caption) Transfer No.4 and new terminal facilities.
New contributor Ross McLeod


CPR London Division. Stations gallery. Added Windsor NYC station used by CPR trains after tunnel opened.


CPR Trenton Division

Added photo of the MLW's "last hurrah" on the main line as 5 units (4210-1838-1837-4216-4230) head to Windsor ahead of arrival of 10 HLCX leasers that would end their days. Aware of this, none other than L.B.Chapman himself assigned these last units to run from St.Luc to Windsor. The end was near!

Added (scroll to bottom for link) photo of 8733-4465 on 911 leaving "the Falls' with an interesting load!

Passenger service. Added (link in text) some old photos by a teenager, the late Bill Sanderson,
of the last runs of 35 and 35 from an old e-mail from April 2010 of his passed along to OTT last August.


CPR Lambton Yard

Steam road power. Add 5402 and 5403 last of the non-streamlined P2's.



Newfoundland Railways

Newfoundland Added new gallery for steam self-propelled cars.



GMD Added photo of FT A&B units displayed at 40th Anniversary Open House.
Added (link) (scroll way down to Aerotrain) PRR magazine article about debut of the GM Aerotrain in 1955.




Photograph Galleries

Train Galleries

CNR steam Added Ten-wheeler 1541 in 1957 read what would happen two months, two weeks and two days later!


CNR steam Added link under "riding" section for previous posted photos of Hamilton-Port Rowan Mixed with Mogul 80.


CPR diesel

The Canadian Added three photos of winter scenes on the M&O Sub. near the end of CP Rail days. VIA coming!
New contributor Eric Clegg.


CPR Ottawa old diesel Added (scroll way down) to Ottawa Union Station and Ottawa (new) Station. Link to Bulletins
covering startup of new Ottawa Station on newly created Ottawa Terrminal.



Royal Trains

Added new gallery for 1977 royal tour that included train made up of ex CP 1201 and NMS&T rolling stock including the two government cars 3 and 4 used on the 1939 Royal Tour. It is said the Queen remarked she rather preferred these two cars to the current modern lightweight government cars she had used on previous trips.

Added photo of 1901 Royal Tour train on CPR at Field.



US Roads in Canada

B&M CPR Pool Added 4 photos of The Alouette starting with B&M Pacific 3625 leaving Windsor Station in 1939
and 3 of CP E8 1800 in 1949 and 1954 Montreal West as well in New Hampshire.

NYC diesels (scroll down) Added Niagara Falls GP9's 6033_6036, Canfield GP20 2109 + on freight,
4051_4005 E units on psgr., and scroll way down to Montreal for 5303_5332 on shop track and see what is hiding!
Plus, D&H 3015 Alco yard diesel leased by CPR during long power shortage.





CNR predecessor roads Self-propelled cars and steam self-propelled. See also Newfoundland Ry. British built cars!


CNR steam

Ten-wheelers Added 1238 with a work train at Sunnyside in Toronto a long time ago (two days before I was born!)

eight-wheeler switchers Added 8297 at Turcot during the Great Depression.


CNR Self-propelled. Added 15700 a weird little car!


CPR Steam Added (scroll way down to colour photo of 2816 on table. See photo 2822 below for connection.

D10 Class Added 1065 and 1085 at unknown location and date. Also, 1104 in a bucolic scene that has been identified as
"Definitely Plaster Rock. I went across that bridge and climbed that hill on my bicycle many times. Great to see the picture." Iain Dunlop. Thanks to Danny McCracken for making the connection.

G5 class Added 1230 in winter and 1231 with commuters in colour and 1300. All made it to the end of the steam era.


L and M class 2-8-0's added photo of 732 on 1901 Royal train (same as above under Trains)


CP Rail Diesels (scroll way down to second set of thumbnails)

8921 Added two photos (left & right sides) chop nosed and wearing wrong angle nose stripes!



NAR Steam Added 52 near the end of steam in 1960.


Shortlines Diesel


Winnipeg Hydro. Added (scroll to bottom) nice colour photo of ancient Mack railbus.




Alco UP 2903_2904 Alco C-630's on CPR and CNR inc. details of use.





Quebec CAD Rail Services Added 1825 plant switcher in brand new paint scheme. Note: 2001 finally in for wreck repairs.



Rolling stock

CP Added dynamometer car 62 used to test pulling power of steam and diesel locomotives.





CPR standard portables. Small enough to be easily moved on a flat car! Blueprints included!

CPR stations Other divisions in Ontario Scroll down to Ottawa to link to New Ottawa station 1966
NOTE: Same link as in CPR Diesel gallery above



Radial Railways

Added new gallery for the short-lived and obscure South-Western Traction, later London & Lake Erie.

Street Railways, etc.


Added photo of Brantford Electric streetcar in which an interesting store can be seen. Read its history and see if you remember these stores in your home town.

H^opital St. Jean de Dieu. Added photo of electric freight train on private railway serving asylum.
See also previous photos of a railway INSIDE the hospital corridors!





Added coloured card of Allan Herschell miniature Streamliner park train to compare with earlier real live steam Cagney.










Website assistant

Looking for someone with experience using Photoshop or FastStone image software
to resize scans and digitally restore images as required.



March 1, 2017




CPR Bruce Division
Bruce Branches Elora, Teeswater and Walkerton Subdivisions.
Added old photo of Teeswater shop area showing ancient coal derrick and tiny two-stall enginehouse.

20th century station gallery Added Mono Road in early scene.


CPR London Division

Photograph Galleries. Gallery of power Added CP Rail 5599 brand new SD40-2 fresh out of GMD.
Plus, Precision National 3445 one of a number of leased units. Also D-10 1048


CPR Trenton Division Gallery steam Added 1049 at Oshawa in 1936.


CPR Lambton Yard Road engines gallery Added some more D10's 1930's - 1950's. 1017, 1038 and two of 1058.



CPR Ten Year Locomotive Program Added photo of last RS-18 1868 (69th unit) oushopped Angus.


QCR Added 1083 near the end of the steam era in 1960.



CNR Predecessors

Canadian Northern Ontario

Added (scroll down) former Bay of Quinte old photo card view of Yarker. Courtesy of new contributor


Thousand Islands Added better photo of home made 500 preserved and on display.



Algoma Central Locomotive gallery Added (scroll down) 183 on lease to CP Rail (as were all SD40-2's 183-188.
This was during a time of serious power shortage on CP Rail with untis leased from all over North America.

Roberval-Saguenay Added (link in caption) great aerial view of Rio Tinto's Port Alfred facility.






Photograph Galleries


Carnival and Circus New gallery combining photos already in existing galleries.

Cartier Added RS-18 65 in original paint scheme.

CNR Riding the IB&O Mixed. A brief reminiscence early 1940's. New contributor Gren Schrader.


CPR The Dominion Added (near top) G3 Pacific 2339 in northern Ontario. Also, (scroll down to Royal Hudson segment, then Montreal - Sudbury) Added 2858 and 2859.

CPR Riding the Scoot. Old article about famous mixed train between Brownville, Jct. Maine and Megantic, Quebec.
Includes maps of various points along the line.

CPR Ottawa old diesels. Added (scroll way down) E8 1802 mu'ed with F9B 1902. It was beyond rare to ever see an E8 in m.u. with any unit other than another E8.



BCR diesels. Added RCC-2 remote control car. MLW B-unit conversion. Included in BC Rail page below.

BC Rail Added (scroll way down) 705 enroute to GE Erie 29 trade-in units one of which became GECX 5000 demo unit. Read about this unique remanufacturing program that kept them as MLW powered units! It still is in use on a shortline. Also, 751 and three photos 4610-3623-4614 all GE 6-axle high horsepower units. Subsequent owners (scroll down) includes MHWA 642 and DL 3000 ex GECX 3000 in brand new paint scheme.


CNR steam

Preserved and displayed locomotives.
Started new Gallery grouping together existing photos already here at various thumbnails etc.
New additions to come/welcome

Standard 4-4-0 start with 392 ex GTP (top of main page).

Moguls Added 619 and 877 in Lindsay and Saskatoon from 1930's (before I was born!)

Added a bunch of Ten-wheelers across much of Canada decades ago starting with some from well-known photographer
Lawrence A Stuckey 1011 then other photographers 1055 (check caption), 1111, 1138, 1139 and 1174. Some 1940's 1950's in Atlantic Canada. Some unknown. Back to Stuckey for first photo sub class H-4-a 1223 then 1303, 1321, 1333.

Consolidation Added 2418 ex CNoR built by Canada Foundry, Toronto. Also, 2744 oil-fired.



CNR Diesel

GMD1 Added 1070 last order A-1-A trucked units.

CLC H12-44 Added 1625 and 1648 in newer paint scheme.

CLC H16-44 Added 2210 and 2217 last of 18 units in newer paint scheme.

GMD F7 Added 9104 with blanked out cab to prevent use excpet as B unit due to non-compliant safety device. Recent changes required RSC (reset safety control) in place of old style deadman pedal. Units were near retirement.
Also, 9164 with snow plow shield.

CLC CFA16-4 Added 9302 and 9305 old paint also 9318 in new CN paint scheme.



CPR Steam D10 Added 1044 in old undated scene, possibly in NB?

G3 Added 2324 new.

G3 Added 2400 brand new

G2 Added 2527 (see who is riding the rails!) and 2605.

G4 Added 2700 early

CPR steam Ottawa West B&W Added (scroll way down) 3 photos 2927 inc. doubleheading with 2200!



CP Rail diesel Added KCS 1869 a GG20B Green Goat in Alyth enroute to buyer.

(scroll down to second set of thumbnails)
Added new page for 1000 series "daughter" units. Starts with 1010 ex 6700 SW8 and 1020 ex 7405 SW9.


QNS&L Locomotive gallery.
Added (scroll to bottom = subsequent owners) GP9 132 (bottom) one of 20 units sold to PNC and leased to CN & CP.

TH&B steam Added two great old photos of Pacifics 15 and 16 stopped at Sunnyside.

TH&B Diesel Added 72 sitting in Port Colborne via running rights over CN.






SRY added 5 photo set of SRY Rail Link train headed by 108 (ex CP 1627) 121 slug control cab unit and slug mother 129.


Canada Industrial locomotives

BC diesel

Kinder Morgan Added KMTX 820 in 2012 still bearing Vancouver Wharves lettering but already sold to Western Rail (D).

Added an earlier photo of second-hand EMD United Grain Growers 3 in better days.

Neptune Bulk Terminals
Added another photo of ex PTRR 46 a unique T-6 transfer model switcher (has transition) this one shows notch-nose style
of late model Alcos made in USA in particular RS-11. The MLW Canadian version is RS-18 and none had notch-nose.

Vancouver Wharves
Added 820 (sold Kinder Morgan) also 826 old S-6



Added (scroll down) Perrish & Heimbecker 3 ex Dofasco.

Looking for photo of PHLX 4 ex DLCX 1202 CONTACT US Also, PHLX 4 (1st) ex 8454 S-3 at P&H Moose Jaw.


Quebec Axiall Added great aerial view of CSXT 2383 switching at plant. Axiall has their own switcher as well.



Logging railways

BC Diesel Added photo of Howe Sound Pulp & Paper 950-001 later to SRY

BC steam

Added (scroll down to very bottom) Ross-Saskatoon Lumber, Waldo BC. A narrow gauge (42") line a century ago.


Car Ferries.

Canadian Pacific Car and Passenger Transfer Company Added great old view of Prescott station etc.




Rolling Stock


CPR Freight

Added 272014 rare horse car (only 14 wood and these 15 steel cars)
Note: There were also a small number of passenger cars.


Private owners

Added new gallery for Texas Gulf Sulphur Kidd Creek Mine. includes various equipment.




CPR Angus shops.

Added detail last diesel 1813 outshopped closing Angus January 31,1992. PHOTO WANTED Contact Us


CPR Drake Street shops and roundhouse. In the better-late-than-never catagory here are a dozen more of Jim Booth's old colour photos showing the facilities shortly before their shutdown. New additions: Shops, scroll down to the Stores Building subsection for 6 more photos. Roundhouse, scroll down past last photo of 8665 inside the house for 6 more photos of the outside old wooden buildings "shacks" really, oil tanks etc. Or, better yet, just enjoy them all!


Radial railways

L&PS Added two car interurban train with cars 6 and 2.

T&YR Added two old photos of the Deer Park (North Toronto) carhouse and shops. Recently destroyed by a massive fire. Also, Car 50 typical radial car.














February 2017



CPR London Division Passenger service history. Added unusual photo of two 2800's together on #21. Read why.


CPR Trenton Division

Added great old photo of D-10 1108 switching a plant in Bowmanville during the Great Depression. Building still exists.
Read all about this plant and the company founded in 1885 making Whiz brand automotive and home products.

Steam gallery Added M4 3415

Diesel gallery. Added photo of 519 a DTS mainline hot freight hauled by four rebuilt GP9's!


CPR Lambton Yard

Road engine gallery Added 892 previously a London engine working Woodstock branches.



Quebec Central Added (scroll down) G-2 61 fresh out of the main shops, also D-10 940 ex 57.


CNR Predecessors Great Western Added two very old photos of Paris Junction station.




Algoma Central locomotives gallery Added (scroll to very bottom) subsequent owners KWTC 150 and 151.


Ontario Southland

Updated Cayuga line reopening including photo of the long trestle and the first train.





Photograph Galleries


CPR The Dominion gallery. Added very old photo of predecessor train at Glacier House and scroll down to Selkirk part for this great old scene (above) almost 70 years ago in an outstanding digitally restored image. Also, 5927 by Sawback Range.





CNR steam

Moguls Added 745, 755 and 907 (later re#85)

Ten-Wheelers Added 1008 a really small 4-6-0 sister to preserved 1009.


CNR diesel

Subsequent owners Added CVSR 6777 MLW FP-4 newly repainted in new scheme to match 6771 repainted last year.
This tourist railroad relies heavily on MLW Alco power and enjoyed a big increase in ridership last year.


CPR steam

D10 4-6-0's

Added this great old photo with only the name Thomas A. Young connected to it. No other details. CONTACT US

Also, added 935 (see what is next to it), 956, 983 (1956 comparison to 1941 shot) and 1007 all Western Lines.

M class 2-8-0's Added M3 3379 with its train in NB one of the 4 light M3 class engines that lasted until the end of steam.

N2 class 2-8-0 Added 3624. See what it is switching. This engine lasted until the end of steam in 1960.
Thanks to Danny McCrachen for identifying it.


CPR diesel Added battery hybrid 1700 and RPRX 2402 demo. Details of these units part of 35 unit order later cancelled.





BC Rail Locomotives

Added (scroll to very bottom) subsequent owners 4 photos over 20 years ago of 4 units (inc PGE) on National of Mexico!

TH&B diesels Added 55 first SW9 ordered by TH&B. See what it is equipped with from the steam era!






Started Nelson and Fort Sheppard, a one-horse, 10 mile short-shortline!



Great Western Added (scroll down to big sign) 4 photos of MLW road units inc. rare M-420R 2002.



Hudson Bay

Added photos (scroll way down) of ex HBRY units elsewhere on other Omnitrax shortlines in USA but still in HBRY paint.
CKRY 2506 plus HBRY 3600 on Great Western in Colorado.




Saskatchewan Gallery 1 Added nice view of IPSCO steel mill and nee CP 6716 hardly recognizable.



Kirkfield Kirkfield Crushed Stone. Added a nice old colour photo of 0-4-0 mechanical dinky on standard gauge trackage. Look back too at their narrow gauge quarry steam operation with an eight colour photo set (scroll down to Gallery 2)
newly digitally restored courtesy of Gordon Kennedy.

Timmins Kidd Creek Mine Added TGS 052 Best photo of Texas Gulf Sulphur lettering.

Toronto CGE Added (scroll way down) photo small self-propelled crane. New contributor Jim Little.

Uhthoff Limestone Quarries added Whitcomb 4.



Rolling stock

CPR Snow plows etc. Added another photo of 422027 snow melter this one at at work. New details of machine.

GTR Added this great old photo of caboose with crew posing beside it. Gord Billinghurst Collection


Stations CPR other Ontario divisions Added (scroll down) 5 photos of Ottawa Union Station inc. under construction.



Street railways

Hamilton and Dundas. New gallery started with the pre-electric operation of this unique operation that began with steam dummys, seldom seen anywhere in Canada. Bet you can't find the bell! Link & pin couplers too!
Obviously a big occasion as everyone and his brother is there!



TOURIST Railways and Park Trains

Added ancient old photo of a Cagney live steam engine in Crystal Beach Amusement Park.



Railway Construction Contractors Started new page featuring a builder's photo of a dinky engine.












January 1, 2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR1




Ships Added new brief article on Bay Of Fundy service.


CPR Bruce Division

Bruce Branches history Mono Township Quarry Spur Added (links) aerial maps marked to show old spur to Owen Sound Quarry. Research and markings added to aerial views by Ralph Beaumont.
Also added (scroll way down) old postcard of Mono Road station courtesy of Ralph Beaumont.

CPR London Division. Galley of yard diesels.
Added 7027 in very early paint scheme and (scroll down) 7029 in CP Rail scheme two years from retirement.

CPR Lambton Yard.

Road diesel gallery. Added 4022-4409.

CPR Toronto Yard

Road diesel gallery. Added 4085 and 4097.



Canadian National Railways

Cameos Small phamplets handed out to passengers explaining train operations.


Grand Trunk

Map of GTP 1906 showing it combined with NTR (TCR) to reach ICR. Never happened when GTP refused to take over the eastern line of National Transcontinental/Trans Continental.

Invoice from shipper H.E. Cooke & Co. in Owen Sound for cigars. 1915




ACR Passenger service. Added a four photo series of two passenger trains passing in winter 20 years ago!

First day of operation 6508 in new paint scheme along with 1620 in similar scheme.
Shown here with high cube auto parts box and high cube reefer on headend. August 26, 2015

.............Ontario Southland

This Feature Article has undergone a major update and reorganization. Each line has new or moved material, check it all out.
Remember to click on link in title of each rail line (Subdivision) to see bulk of material. Separate update dates shown.

GJR has more photos at various links in text such as, aerial views of PDI added PDI liquid terminal and new Massey Road transload. Spur Mile 30.88. Also, Joint Industrial Area; South Industrial Spur, North Industrial Spur, XT-99.

St. Thomas Sub. Many additions also, started new gallery Woodstock for trains to/from CP interchange with CAMI and all other freight plus CN trains with CAMI auto multis only.

CN Cayuga line formerly operated by St. Thomas & Eastern is to be leased to OSR after extensive repairs (over $1.1M)
this year including major timber work on the embargoed Tillsonburg trestle and replacing several thousand ties along the line and other work. This restores service from St. Thomas to Alymer, Tillsonburg and Courtland but not Delhi due to another embargoed trestle and very low traffic. Note: Another trestle near New Sarum had previously been repaired.

Port Burwell line. Added 3 great aerial (drone) large 2015 images of the Salford diesel shop. Credit misplaced.
If these are your drone views please CONTACT US so we can give you proper credit.

Tillsonburg Gallery Second set of thumbnails larger image plus additional photo linked in caption OSRX 180_OSR_500 swithcing Tillsonburg (who is that guy?) and 184 with OSRX 503.

Rolling Stock

MofW trucks. Added a big boom truck working at Guelph Junction.

Car Movers
Started new gallery gathering together photos from different places already in article. If you know of others CONTACT US

A number of photographs throughout have been replaced with larger scans sometimes better quality scans as well.

We welcome any corrections or additional information as well as scans of your photographs. CONTACT US



Photograph Galleries

Correction: Photograph Galleries Radial railways. One year afterwards a typo was pointed out. Never too late or too small!
Visitor Steve Meredith corrected street intersection in caption for Edmonton Radial.


BCR steam

Added (scroll to very bottom) a three photo sequence of 3716 leaving the shop track in Squamish.
Read explantion of what is happening and how dangerous it is!

CNR Predecessors Steam

Mogul 2-6-0 Added (link) 1908 article 1221-1235 Baldwin.

CNR Early Diesels Added 2 colour photos of Rock Island 1000 and 1009 Whitcomb 75-tonners rejected by CNR.
Read why these 18 diesels were refused by CNR as well as photos of many other very early diesels.

CPR diesel

Added photo of first CPR Alco A unit freight diesel 4000 in CPR Public Relations Dept. photo with "freight train".
Detailed description of original paint scheme and later changes as depicted in photo of 4048.
Also, 4022-4409, 4085 and 4097.

S-2 and S-4 yard engines. Added 7010 right side view; 7018, 7019 brand new, 7014 and 7027 all in early paint schemes.
S-4 7113 brand new.

CP Rail diesel

S-2 and S-4 yard switchers
Added 7029 two years from retirement but check out captions under 7011 and 7012 for added notations.

Added AN23 a retired B unit one of a batch waiting to be converted into a Robot car.

Added air repeater car 1101 a 50 foot box car.


TH&B steam Added (scroll down) 201 one of just two Berkshire 2-8-4's and rarely seen in daylight!




GWWD Addedsevral photos including two of 202 possibly nearing retirement. Two small GE centrecabs have just been acquired. Also, two RS-23's heavily stripped of parts plus a maintenance of way railbus.


Industrial Locomotives

BC Vancouver Wharves
Added some 45 year old photos of 80-tonner 25 on the dock, 21 and 22 0-4-0 DM units and S-3 27.


Logging Railways

Ontario. Added Victoria Harbour Lumber No. 1 history of this dinky unknown.


Car Ferries

Added CPR Bay of Fundy service.


Street Railways

Brantford Electric. Added 1896 article earliest history.

Guelph Electric Added 1896 article predecessor Guelph Railway (Link in text 2nd paragraph.)

Peterborough Three part on-line article on this little-known streetcar line that ended 88 years ago in 1928.



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