CPR Algoma District
Schreiber Division gallery added photo of a general scene of Nipigon.
Sudbury Division gallery added two photos of 8109 switching the famous E.B.Eddy pulp mill in Espanola, a major shipper for decades.
Lambton Yard Locomotive Department added a photo inside the shop of steam engines being serviced. One of a number of photos of Lambton Yard once displayed inside the nearby IGA grocery store.
Toronto Terminals Railway added old colour postcard of old union station, a street view of office building addition.
CANDO Contracting added old photo of 78 an SW8 built for Lehigh Valley switching Celanese in Millhaven. New contributor Eric Gagnon.
GMD added two old colour photos of the ill-fated Aerotrain lightweight streamliner in London and Toronto. Also, added details of ownership changes and the just announced by Caterpillar new locomotive plant to be built in an old closed Westinghouse transformer plant in Muncie, IN. There goes London!
CNR Predecessor roads added GTR 239 an old 1881 built Mogul that stayed around until the Great Depression being scrapped 9/1934.
CNR added twelve more Pacifics
including one in Hamilton with smoke deflectors and a great shot
of a commuter train racing along the Oakville Sub.
CPR added another old Mogul
3029 back in 1935 two years before being scrapped. Also, three shots
of Jubilee 3004.
And, three of K1 class 3100.
Logging railways: BC diesel added photo of CANFOR 303 one of only three dynamic brake equipped SW1200RS all built for their Englewood Logging Division on Vancouver Island. Scroll down to also see 303 and other units under new ownership by Western Forest Products.
Shortlines Southern of BC added three photos of some well-worn ex CN GMD1's acquired through a dealer.
Industrial Ontario S.S.Marie Algoma Steel added colour photo of 80-tonner 41.
Facilities GO added photo of sign at main entrance to Willowbrook from new contributor Joe Pusey.
TH&B added an interesting article on West Hamilton including Aberdeen Yard, Chatham Street roundhouse and various industries. New contributor Malcolm Horsnell.
CNR freight equipment added an old wooden horse car, one of only two remaining.
CPR work equipment added 422027 a unique snow melter used to clear St.Luc yard. New contributor Eileen Watson in memory of her late father Milton G. Watson courtesy of Marc Mainekoff. Also, two views of BC 23 in its last years of operation. This car is displayed at the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, in Smiths Falls.
November 1, 2010
CPR Ontario District
Bruce Division Passenger service page (scroll down to Hamilton Sub). Added interesting old colour slide of 2857 arriving in Toronto with the "Buffalo" passenger train. The almost complete lack of traffic on an early Sunday morning is an incredible sight. Everyone must be getting ready for church in "Toronto The Good" half of a century ago except for ONE automobile being driven by some "heathen"! Likely a railroader! LOL
Branch Passenger added photo of typical Owen Sound-Toronto passenger train just prior to introduction of Dayliners.
London Division passenger history page added old photo of Jubilee 2926 at West Toronto.
Trenton Division passenger history page added old photo of Jubilee 2925 on Peterboro train.
Roberval Saguenay roster page added photo of 60 one of the rebuilt GP38-3's.
Canadian Locomotive Company steam locomotive page 1 added photo of old framed picture of D10a 706.
Sudbury Area mining railways INCO added VALE 2004.
Canadian National predecessor roads added OA&PS 701 a Baldwin compound 2-8-0.
CNR added six more J-7 class Pacifics
CPR steam added 5 more Jubilee old photos.
TH&B steam added NYC 5311 which later became TH&B 501 one of only two Hudson's on TH&B.
Shortlines added new page for Manitoba starting with some photos of Hudson Bay (OmniTRAX) units. New contributor Dan Grobe.
Newer shortline photos: Added three photos of Ottawa Valley units some with Railink initials RLK (the best initials around!) from new contibutor Ed Freeman courtesy of Jim Parker.
Alberta added Weyerhaeuser 310 an SW9 going to Grand Prairie. New contributor Mark Gillings.
Quebec added Port of Montreal 1001 the newest thing in diesels, a genset locomotive. New contributor James Kerr.
Ontario Sarnia added VIP 1201 an SW1200RS acq. from Rail America, nee CN 1335. New contributor Jay Butler.
CPR passenger equipment added a great colour photo of an old fruit express car. New contributor Roger Burrows.
CPR service equipment added two views of the "Little Hook" 414241 at West Toronto.
Private ownership equipment. New gallery starting with two photos of weed spray car. This was contract work using a special train. .
October 1, 2010
CPR Algoma District Sudbury Division locomotive gallery added 7094 second to last MLW S-2. New contributor Paul Oliver, Jr.
CPR Ontario District
Bruce Division Branch Passenger added old photo of first diesel on the Orangeville Sub. handling passenger train at Cataract.
Toronto Division John
Street engines added great old colour photo of Jubilee
3003 sitting on the table. These 4-4-4's were the fastest steam locomotives
in Canada. 112 1/2 mph.
Canadian Pacific Electric Lines created a new gallery starting with photos of GRR 622 Express car and LE&N 955.
Quebec Central added nice colour photo of train Number 1 with old wooden baggage car hauled by G2 class Pacific.
Algoma Central rolling stock gallery added photo of D&RGW 252 steam generator ex Alco PB-1 with original trucks. Sister to 253 acquired by AC.
Shortlines CANDO Contracting added photo of CCGX 1004 ex CP 8118 SW1200RS.
a fascinating drawing of a proposed new terminal for Montreal. The
date was 1928. Soon to follow was the Great Depression and World War
II. Nothing ever became of it and all was forgotten until recently.
CPR old diesels added nice shot of The Canadian at Ottawa. This scene includes the white wagon used for ice. 300 pound blocks were manhandled by two carmen. Thanks to Jacques Valiquette, retired CN car inspector Ottawa for icing details.
GO Transit created new gallery starting with 709 one of 11 GP40-2 safety cab units.
Rolling Stock CPR added rare photo of original Dental Car converted by CPR in 1931. Its replacement, steel car number 69 also shown.
photo of diesel sanding towers at Toronto Yard with "famous"
8921 "Empress of Agincourt."
GO Transit created new gallery starting with photo of overall view of Willowbrook yard.
Montreal & Southern Counties added two old colour photos of car 12 and (scroll down) car 312. Remember those street weigh scales? For a penny get your weight and horoscope on a little card. Or, was it a saying? Sort of a fortune cookie!
CPR Other Ontario Divisions Sudbury Division added photo of Sault Ste. Marie.
CPR London Division Quebec Street added 1967 view of yard office. New contributor Chris Andreae.
CPR Toronto Division added photo of old station at Leaside.
September 1, 2010
Photographs Added some interesting photos of a time honoured tradition, "hooping up" orders to a passing train.
Trains: U.S. Roads in Canada B&M-CPR Pool added Cape Churchill in Boston on The Red Wing. New contributor John Hutchins.
Locomotives CPR steam G2 class added 2541 in a bucolic scene in Quebec.
DAR steam added color photo of G2 2516 with Passenger Special for the Governor General.
Rolling Stock BC Hydro added caboose A-7 in unique blue paint scheme. No little red caboose here! New contributor T.G.Caughman
cars. New gallery started with River
and Cape cars inc. Cape Churchill Solarium-Buffet-Lounge
used on the 1939 Royal Tour Pilot train.
August 1, 2010
Stories Drake Street roundhouse, another little memory. Scroll down to bottom.
CPR Bruce Division Hamilton
Joint Section added colour photo of 5375 passing Dixie Road.
CPR London Division passenger history added three old photos of Royal Hudsons 2855 and 2856 in the 1940's at Ayr and Galt. plus an interesting old photo of 2857 at Richmond Street station showing the fitter's cart used to service passenger engines on through-runs. Greasing at every Division point was essential.
CPR Toronto Division John Street Engines added two views of 2856 near-new with original stack cowl and about a decade later modified. Also, 2857 less than one year old, not yet a Royal Hudson. Making far too much black smoke on the shop track. The Locomotive Foreman will have something to say to the hostler if he sees this.
CPR Lambton Yard road engines added 2855 newly demoted to freight service.
Canadian Northern added gas-electric car 500 one of the earliest self-propelled cars in Canada.
Railway added the only known photograph of their steeplecab electric
locomotive. A tiny long-gone non-common carrier in Ontario.
ONR Diesel trains added motor train T&NO 1000 and trailers. Moved 1602-1731 here from locomotive page.
CNR steam added 5 more old B&W photos of J-4-d Pacifics.
ONR diesel units added
two old colour photos of 1203 and 1310 the latter in the new "stylized
rivers of the north" paint scheme.
Southern of BC added photos of slug 001 and planned slugs 002 and 003. Plus, GP9's 110 (on VI) and 122 the slug mother unit. Also, 129 the only GP7.
Shortlines Older photos added Devco 209 an RS-1.
BC added Neptune Bulk Terminal 808 and 808A the first genset mother-slug pair built by NRE. New contributor Julius Olajos.
Sudbury Area mining railways. INCO added view of electric handling hot bottle car. Also, two photos of the electrics waiting to be scrapped after unsuccesful attempts at selling them. Plus, one of 80-tonner diesel 206 which became a lease unit.
Logging Raiways in BC added old colour photo of Mayo Lumber 3 a Shay geared steam locomotive that for years hauled tourists on a short isolated segment of the old Kettle Valley.
Rolling Stock galleries
Quebec, North Shore & Labrador new gallery created for rolling stock starting with an interesting colour photo of ex NYC RPO/express car in work service.
July 1, 2010
CPR Algoma District Sudbury Division
CPR Ontario District
Bruce Division Branch Passenger added old colour photo of Walkerton Mixed near the end of its time.
London Division. G&G
page (scroll down) added 4 great old colour steam and 2 black
& white diesel photos of Goderich Yard.
Lambton Yard gallery of road engines added 2800 the first Hudson.
Toronto Division John Street Locomotive page added intereresting photo taken inside the shop with old Alco yard engines still being worked on.
Toronto Yard added 8919 a CLC Train Master. These units were not common in Toronto.
Toronto Streets added new page with history of the Keele family in the Junction.
Algoma Central equipment page added colour photo of SD40-2 186 (scroll way down).
Newfoundland's Railways. Added to Newfoundland page a nice colour photo of old green paint scheme CN 900 first diesel of the unique Newfoundland-only NF-110 models. Also, created a new page for Grand Falls Central starting with a colour photo of wooden combine 6. New contributor Don Driscoll.
Photographs Start off with a very unique situation, the only one known whereby two roads worked their engines together on the same train! It was a normal proceedure for a CPR steam engine to assist a Boston & Maine steam engine on a B&M freight train out of St.Johnsbury, Vermont.
CNR steam scroll down to see two GTW Mountain type including one with an unsual cowl around the stack. Also, click on thumbnail for several more Pacifics. starting with J-3 5033, 5059, 5062, and 5080, all ex GTR also J-4-d 5104, 5113, 5115 and 5118 all built new for Canadian National.
CPR diesel index added (scroll down) an old colour photo of the transition period between paint schemes inc. 7115 and an old Fairbanks-Morse covered wagon.
Created new page for RS-23
"Rockets" starting with unique 8025 and 8044. The latter
unit is still in existance as OSR 504.
DAR steam new page created starting with several ex CPR engines most sold to DAR. G2 2552 still with open cab and believed never to have received a vestibule cab.
NAR created new page for diesels starting with 311 ex CN 1072 A-1-A GMD-1 Only NAR units were short hood forward!
US Roads in Canada (scroll down to bottom) added Rutland 76 a Ten-Wheeler that hauled the Green Mountain Special over the CNR into Montreal.
CPR Glen yard and shops 33 years ago. Now all gone.
CNR added the long-unused coal tower at Spadina and a neat view from CN Tower of Spadina roundhouse and coach yard.
ETR created a new page starting with the office building and an unusual looking water tank.
TH&B created a new page starting in Hamilton with the station, roundhouse and coal tower.
CPR service equipment. Add 402885 a Jordan spreader.
ETR new gallery created showing old ex PRR caboose 54 and two modern Angus built ex CPR vans.
Stories: Memories of Drake Street roundhouse by Andy Cassidy one-time diesel electrician and later Locomotive Foreman.
Growing Up in Listowel by Bill Chester
Grain Trains by Cliff Beagan former CPR brakeman. Brief memories of Bruce Division.
Preservation added nice old photo of ex PRRR 4666 doodlebug operating on the New Hope & Ivyland.
June 1, 2010
CPR Algoma District; Sudbury Division; gallery.
Added 1266 on a local freight.
May 1, 2010 Marks the 10th Anniversary of this
May 1, 2010
Articles: CPR Bruce Division. Passenger
page added two old photos of specially equipped engines 2659 and
2662 assigned to Buffalo trains.
steam added more Consolidations
on Western lines plus a lot of Mikados
of which there were hundreds.
Facilities: CPR added a really great old colour photo taken in 1948 showing several brand new Baldwin yard diesels in Vancouver.
Rolling Stock: British Columbia Railway new gallery starting with caboose 1800.
Shortlines: Alberta. New gallery for RaiLink.
It all began here when Tom Payne started Central Western, the
first modern era shortline.
March 18. 2010
Articles: CPR Bruce Division Passenger
added old photo of 2332 in Buffalo. Engines running over NYC between
Welland and Buffalo were equipped with ATC.
Toronto Terminals Railway added interesting photo looking down on a puzzle switch (so named because it is a puzzle figuring out which way you are going!) more properly known as a double slip switch.
Photographs: Locomotives; CNR steam added many
more old photos including a dozen Consolidations
litterly across the country. From Halifax to Saskatoon to Kamloops
with a side trip over the border to Black Rock, including a night
scene inside Brandon roundhouse.
Shortlines: BC new gallery of the small isolated Carrall
Street freight operation of BC Hydro, formerly British Columbia
Electric Railway which once operated an extensive electric interurban
railway with considerable freight traffic. New galleries for E&N
Railfreight, (CP internal shortline) E&N
Ry. 1998 Ltd. (Rail America) on VI Kelowna
Pacific, Okanagan Valley.
Shortline gallery 2 added OLO 180 on a small eastern Ontario shortline Ontario L'Orignal, now gone.
February 1, 2010
Articles: CPR added
photo of modern plaque marking site of the Last Spike. Scroll
Photographs: CPR Algoma District, Schreiber
Division. Added old photo of Motor 286 a 1929 Packard inspection
December 16, 2009
Articles: A new feature CP
Rail Ten Year Locomotivew Program.
General: Toronto Streets: Front
and Spadina. Added TTC 2188 at north end of Spadina route.
Photographs: Galleries: Shortlines: Quebec
added an interesting view of Bel-Gaz 114 back at work after a
long absence for repairs in contract shop in Montreal. New contributor
Ken Goslett CANDO added
a roster shot of 1005 SW1200RS
(ex CP 1207/8121).
steam Added three photos of 49
suburban engine. Two taken in 1954 at Central Station and one
in 2003 at Exporail. Also, another
Ten-Wheeler 1448 and two more Consols
1932 and 2059 all from predecessor roads.
November 1, 2009
Articles: CPR Bruce Division. Branches.
Added two photos of the long-abandoned Elora (Shand Dam) and Teeswater
Subs. (bridge near Waldemar). New contributor Norm Conway.
CPR London Division Passenger history page. Added photos of Dayliner 9112 on No. 38 Royal York at West Toronto in 1963. E8's once handled this train.
CPR Lambton Yard Road Engines: D10 1004 on the shop track. It was assigned for some time to the Moonlite (freight 89-90) a Lambton-Orangeville roundtrip.
CPR Predecessors. Kingston
& Pembroke added 1900 annual pass signed by last president
of K&P just prior to CPR takeover.
CNR Predecessors: Canadian Northern Ontario added old photo of first passenger train from Trenton to Toronto. October 9, 1911.
steam added a pair of photos of a Hudson and a Northern
side-by-side waiting to leave with passenger trains. New contributor
Locomotives: CPR Steam. Added a large number of great old colour photographs of Montreal passenger steam in the 1950's! Including one of a 1200 with wooden suburban coaches as well as 2400's and 2800's on suburban and intercity trains. Also, 2860 back when it was preserved for display and 2863 the second to last Royal Hudson in 1953. Both in Vancouver. Also, a lot more D10's plus P1 5114 and P2 5449. One-of-a-kind 2-8-0 camelback 1026. Added unidentified photo of 3000 series Jubilee with train of matched lightweight equipment.
Industrial Locomotives. Added several units courtesy
of Gord Hilderman (www.cnrphotos.com) Alberta:
Dow 1001, Esso 903, Louis Dreyfus 2008 and 2009. ADM 8316. Manitoba:
Manitoba Paper 101. Saskatchewan
Huskey Energy 3525.
Facilities: CPR New pages showing Vancouver Yards from new contributor Leif Sorensen courtesy of Andy Cassidy. Including an aerial view circa 1953 with a detailed description of yards and facilities.
Rolling Stock: Dominion
Atlantic. New album started includes two old photographs of a
36 foot wooden box car and Business Car Nova Scotia. This car
became UCRS Nova Scotia and was used on railfan excursions out of
Toronto. It has for many years been part of Ossawippi Express Dining
Cars in Orillia.
Articles: CPR Bruce Division feature
added a great photo of an old 1907
map showing much of Orangeville Yard including The Superior
Portland Cement plant. The map was found and photographed by
new contributor Dan Dell'Unto.
Photographs: Galleries: Trains.
CNR trains: Old
diesels. Added 2217 Fairbanks-Morse H16-44 1600 hp road switcher
in colour working freight in 1962. This was the last F-M unit for
CNR except for a single H24-66 Train Master built two months later.
Rolling Stock: CNR
added a transfer van and newer auxliiary
Interurban Railways: CNR Interuban. Added two views
of CN commuter train at Mont
Royal hauled by two out of three newer 86 ton electric locos.
Shortlines: Gallery of more recent locomotives added a shot of MLW S-13 114 on a one-horse Quebec shortline, Chemin de Fer Lanaudiere, owned by Bell-Gaz a large independent distributor of propane gas in the Lanaudiere region. It is part of a former CPR branchline connecting with the former CPR Quebec City-Montreal main line now operated by Quebec-Gatinueau. Last year this unit required repairs and was replaced by an RS-18 which we need a photo of.
Inspection automobiles: Added ONR M72 a rare Checker, a small auto maker in Michigan more commonly used in the US as a taxicab.
August 5, 2009
CPR Trenton Division is the latest feature article to be revamped by David Bridge.
CPR London Division. Created a new page for the Toyota Woodstock spur serving their new automobile assembly plant. Includes the new Wolverton Yard built to support Toyota account the existing small yard in Woodstock is unsuitable due to its size and location. It was planned to have additional tracks built that would replace the old Galt Yard which handles Toyota Cambridge traffic. Budget cuts due to the bad economy stopped this. All photos from the ever-generous Walter Pfefferle
CPR Toronto Division: Replaced a number of missing old photos of Parkdale Yard under construction.
Photographs: Main page
(scroll down) Canadian Utilities portable power plant added link to
it preserved as Saskatchewan Power Corp.
July 9, 2009
CPR London Division
is the latest feature article to be redone by David Bridge.
Articles: CPR Toronto
Division. Added an interesting old
aerial view of the downtown area. Artist's view of Strachan
Avenue proposed grade separation bridge.
Toronto: Independent Bus Lines added another old colour photo of former Hollinger and Danforth buses.
Photographs: Galleries: Locomotives CPR
steam added several World War II photos of D9's
on branchline trains in southern BC's Okanagan area. Also, 345
during recent 122nd anniversary event at Drake Street roundhouse.
This engine pulled the first train into Vancouver on May 23, 1887.
Also, 3101 in its early years
and displayed in Regina.
January 22, 2005. 144 and 2850
displayed at Exporail. Plus, builder's photo of P2
5440 at MLW and one of sister engine 5444 waiting scrapping at
Ogden. The beginning and the end, less than a decade apart compared
to a more common half-century life span for steam locomotives.
This feature article is the second one to be revised
by David Bridge. We hope you will enjoy it.
June 1, 2009
Quebec Industrial diesels:
Added Holcim Z100 (formerly, Ciment Independant) Joliette, MLW S-11
(re-engined 1987 AAM) ex CPR 6622 second last 660hp unit on roster.
New contributor Louis Letourneau.
Facilities: CNR added two great 1960's aerial views of Mimico Yard (Toronto) plus, photo of large steel water tank and trackside standpipe. Also, typical yard floodlight tower.
May 1st 2009 is the ninth anniversary of the
Old Time Trains web site of Canadian railway history and stories.
To mark this date the web site is being redesigned beginning with
the feature article on CPR
Lambton Yard. Like many features it has been added to many
times over the years and a reorganization to make it easier to follow
was warranted. This first redesigned article is the work of David
A. Bridge who has already been doing great work digitally
restoring a number of old images for other articles often without
the benefit of the original photograph or negative. We invite you
to re-read about the place where I began railroading in the steam
era and while I worked at many different places on the Toronto Division,
it was also the place I ended 40 years of railroading. As always,
your contributions and comments are welcome. Enjoy!
Articles: Shortlines: Temiscouata. History by Wendell Lemon of an old shortline that remained independent and "diesel free" until the end. Originally published in Branchline February 2009.
Photographs: Stations: CPR Toronto Division. Parkdale,
added details of its closure.
March 25, 2009
Articles: CPR Algoma District Schreiber
Division. D'Arcy Furlonger is back with more photographs
including General Motors demonstrator diesels in 1949 and the first
covered wagons that dieselized the rugged Schreiber Division. And,
who knew Jubilees once worked here? A lot has been added everywhere
so, you really need to check out everything.
Radial Railways: TSR. Added two old
top maps showing Woodbridge radial line, one marked by Bob Sandusky
showing connecting track to CPR.
February 9, 2009
& Paper had one of the last steam operations in Canada.
This was a short nine mile long non-common carrier railway located
in Quebec on the north shore of the St.Lawrence River near Sept Iles
of QNS&L fame. It ran between their mill in Clarke City and the
port of Pointe Noire,Quebec. Steam operated until a used 70-tonner
was acquired in October 1963.
Renewed interest came with the publication of an article by Colin J. Churcher in the January 2009 issue of Branchline about the Dominion Construction Corporation in Deeks, Ontario. Two of their steam locomotives went to GP&P, identical 0-6-0's 38 and 48. Both still exist! The latter is displayed in Clarke City while the 38 moved all over the place including Mount Forest home of Christian Bell Porcelain makers of many well known collector plates with a railway motif.
A search for more information about the elusive little railway began and with the help of retired fellow CPR railroader and long-time friend Bruce Chapman his e-mail contacts quickly located a former QNS&L railroader who took colour photos of the GP&P as well as a former CP Rail employee who now railroads in Sept Iles and lives the proverbial stone's throw away from where 48 is displayed! Talk about a small world! Thanks to all who shared including Bruce, Bill Thomson, Don Mc.Queen and new contributors Dave Page and Michel D'Aoust.
Still looking for more photos especially 38 at Quebec City, Mount Forest and Finger Lakes as well as rolling stock and diesels. Pulp mill and docks and anything else.
Articles: CPR Algoma District, Schreiber Division. New feature, mainly a gallery of photographs taken over the years in Schreiber. Tells the story of dieselization. D'Arcy Furlonger provided all the photos and much detail of the transition from steam to diesel.
Articles: CPR London Division; Locomotive
gallery 4: Added two interesting photos of MLW M-630's on westbound
freights at the Junction in old colour scheme with script lettering.
New contributor Dave Burroughs.
Interurban and Street Railways. Added what is mostly a photograph
gallery with a brief history outline of the Toronto
& York Radial Ry. Metropolitan Division, later TTC Lake Simcoe
January 16, 2009
Articles: CPR Bruce Division Branches added a brief news item about
a runaway freight train going
down the steep grade to the Horseshoe Curve fortunately, this time
there was no wreck.
Photographs: CNR old diesels
added a whole bunch of stuff, have a look.
December 17, 2008
Articles: CPR Toronto added a winter scene of work equipment stored
at John Street.
Stories: Turning Back the Pages of the Tattered Little Note Book By Bruce E. Mercer added an old photo of SW1 Pere Marquette 11 in early paint scheme.
Photographs: Galleries: CPR
Toronto Yard added photo of ex DAR 6560-6561
at Moose Jaw in CP Rail Action Red paint scheme after transferred
to Western Lines.
Links: Added a link to the DAR DPI (Dominion Atlantic) site which is well worth a visit.
Articles: CPR London Division Branches
added old and new photos at Blyth on the Goderich Sub. showing stations
before/after as well as CPR and CNR rights-of-way in service and abandoned.
Regular freight between Goderich and Aberdeen used TH&B unit for
ease of maintenance following CP Rail taking full control of TH&B.
Old water tank from steam
Photographs: Galleries: CNR Interurban. Added a new gallery for the
famous Niagara, St.Catharines
& Toronto interurban railway and another for the Quebec,
Railway Light and Power. While not a true interurban, the Mount
Royal Tunnel electric operation for Montreal commuter service
is a long-lived interesting operation. Only one photo each for the
last two galleries, more welcome. Locomotives: CNR
old diesel added unique Tempo units, and RDC-4. Also, GT
8200 part of the last order of ten MLW S4's from new contributor Kevin
Piper. Plus; MLW S7 and S13 units. New gallery for NAR
starts off with two of a total of ten 2-10-0's and 2-8-0 73 back
when it was just another steam engine. CNR
steam added some Northerns including the famous 6218 when
it too was just another steam engine. Plus, a new gallery of CNR
steam trains starting off with a great shot of Hudson 5702
also Northern 6168 taking water and streamlined Northern
6402. CPR steam added two more
Articles: CPR Bruce Division. Added some more newspaper clippings from 100 years ago about the difficulties of winter railroading north of Orangeville. Also, a small item about tiny Melancthon Station getting three telephones! new
July 9, 1908 was the official opening date for three CPR branches in Southern Ontario yet, special passenger excursion trains had already been operated on all three lines on July 1st. Examples of conflicting dates for the opening of a particular line and reasons why.
General: Toronto Terminals Railway did a rewrite of part of this article to add details of Toronto stations prior to the creation of the TTR.
Stories: Turning Back the Pages added another photo of C&O 8401 SW1 in Chessie System paint scheme by new contributor Ron Cady.
Photographs; Galleries; Ontario Industrial: See: What's
New in This Gallery.
CPR Toronto Division added an aerial view of John Street roundhouse and car shop in 1983.
CPEL Added an old colour postcard image of GP&H interurban car crossing the Speed River as it leaves Preston.
CPR Toronto Division; John Street engines added a great old photo of 7020 and 7027 in early paint scheme sitting on the table back in 1952. Also, a pair of FP7A's 1420 and 1421 also on the table. These passenger units were geared for 89 mph, the fastest on the CPR, they worked The Canadian as well as Toronto-Hamilton during layover. And, a personal favourite for their appearance, the five MLW FPA2 pasenger units is represented by 4094.
Great Lakes Steamship service added another colour view of S.S.Assiniboia with passengers embarking after a short walk from the Steamboat train at the Port Mc.Nicoll summer station.
Shortlines: CANDO Contracting latest switching contract is the Imperial Oil refinery in East Edmonton. Added a photo by new contributor Tim Stevens of the two units assigned there CCGX 1004 and 1005 ex CP 1209 and 1207 SW1200RSu. acquired for that contract. Note: Cando recently (December 2007) sold Athabasca Northern back to CN for $25 Million!
Locomotive Galleries: Long-time contributor L.B. (Bruce) Chapman (CPR Ret.) continues with a number of CPR steam photographs. Ten-wheelers added D 4 class 444 and D 10 DAR 999 with two different tenders and later as a CPR engine at Lambton shop along with ex DAR 555 after being sold to Canadian Gypsum. Also, 2222 "four duces" G1 at John Street back in 1936. Compare tenders with 2201.
CPR Diesels begins the addition of a number of different models of early units in old paint schemes. Special thanks to Wilco van Schoonhoven whose web site www.mountainrailway.com includes a roster of hundreds of photos over the years.
Shortlines Gallery older units; added ACR GP7 157.
Ontario Industrial added Acton Limestone Quarries 60 ex Lehigh Valley 44-tonner shown at Mac Yard possibly on a move between locations. Pinecrest, on the south side of Highway 7 next to CN Mac Yard was a distribution facility and Limehouse (Acton) was their quarry. New contributor John Vincent. Canada Crushed Stone added electric motor 10.
Quebec Industrial added a very colourful AMF 1251 at the former CN Pointe St. Charles shops and an old RS-2 (built for Roberval & Saguenay) at Quebec North Shore Paper in Baie Comeau an isolated line. Both from new contributor Pierre Fournier.
BC Industrial gallery 2 added Western Forest Products 302 (formerly, Canfor) one of only three GMD SW1200RS equipped with dynamic brakes.
CPR London Division Branch Passenger Service page added an interesting photo of the Goderich-Guelph mixed train with D10 886 from new contributor Paul Charland.
Independent Bus Lines added a brief rememberance by a former West York Coach driver along with a 1946 photo of a group of drivers by new contributor Bill Worthington plus a colour photo of a group of old Hollinger, Danforth and Roseland buses after the TTC takeover by another new contributor Pete Coulman.
CPR Steam added another photo
of 2582 in this one it is a
London engine and now has a standard
size tender replacing the original, small one.
CPR London Division
(scroll down) added P2 steam engine 5375 once a Lambton engine. Also,
images of the Road Railer operated
for Triple Crown (Norfolk Southern). In the yard
engine gallery added 6700 after
going through the Ten Year Rebuild Program for yard units. Although
no longer a London Division unit it was added here for comparison. After
the first year and only four 6700's of the 21 units this part of the
program was cancelled due to their low horsepower. It later became a
CPR Bruce Division Branches added three great old photos unearthed by Ralph Beaumont showing a never before seen view of the old turntable and yard in Orangeville; as well as a view of a passenger train at Cataract Junction and another of a train crew at an unknown location. Also, added some century old newspaper articles about trains being snowbound near Laurel.
Photographs: Galleries. Other (besides Toronto) Hump Yards added newer hump engines when SD40's replaced old GP's. (scroll down to bottom of page)
Library: Narrow Gauge Through the Bush. A great new book just published all about two Ontario narrow gauge railways from years gone by: Toronto and Nipissing and the famous Toronto, Grey & Bruce. Well worth buying!
Articles: CPR Toronto
and CPR Trenton Division added more
views of K1 class 4-8-4's.
Toronto Streets Keele
and Weston Road added colour image of TTC
2132 at the north end of the Weston route from the Junction. Weston
Plank Road. Also, two views of PCC's on PM rush St.Clair
route extension up Weston Road which continued long after trolley
coaches had replaced streetcars on the Weston route.
Articles: Shortlines: Ontario Southland Rolling stock galleries added several highway vehicles to the truck page, ballast regulator to track machines page and motor car to the track motor cars page from new contributor Drew De Bruyn.
Photographs: Galleries: Locomotives: TH&B. Added GP7 76 at Chatham Street roundhouse by new contributor Michael Donnelly. CPR Steam added another Ten-Wheeler D10g 930 with auxiliary tender a regular sight on the prairies. CPR Diesels added RS-18 8793 and RS-3 8445 both in Script letttering also RS-10 8477 in CP Rail Multimark. Snow plows in the Steam Era a new gallery started with two 1948 photos of a CPR D10 on the prairies, a time when "men were men!" New contributor Jack Gudmundson.
Articles: CPR London
Division added a separate page for the Listowel
Branch with photo of the last run and additional research by new
contributor Steve Hoshel.
Photographs: Galleries: Locomotives: CPR Steam added an old photo of 136 at Ottawa back when it was just another engine. CPR Toronto Yard yard engine gallery added a recent shot of 5481 now in Brazil! Ontario Industrial see What's New in this Gallery.
Articles: CPR Bruce
Division: Added a page about Steam
Motor Car used on Orangeville Sub. in 1908. Built for Montreal off-peak
commuter service, its use in Toronto was unearthed by Derek Boles.
Really unique one-of-a-kind self-propelled passenger car. It was not
Articles: CPR. A new article about the Lake
and River service of Southern British Columbia, a unique operation
that linked many remote communities and isolated branches using sternwheeler
steamers as well as tug boats and barges. BCCS
added photos of the Motor Princess and Princess of Vancouver
along with statistical data here and there throughout the article from
Photographs: Galleries: Locomotives: CPR
steam another G5 1289 one
the last and assigned to Western Lines as were many of the CLC built
G5's. Also, added four more Ten-Wheelers.
Articles: CPR added history of Express Company. Also, British Columbia Coast Steamship Service, a unique part of the CPR's history. Includes a brief history of Grand Trunk Pacific Steamships/CNR in BC. CPR Bruce Division Branches added an old 1916 linen map of Walkerton station area from new contributor Jim Griffin. CPR Trenton Division added an old photo of 136 back when it was just another steam engine on the Kingston Mixed.
Photographs: Galleries added new section for Interurban railways with new gallery for CNR subsidiary Montreal & Southern Counties and link to existing gallery for London and Port Stanley Tourist Railways added page for Halton County Radial Ry. featuring L&PS 8 with interior views of this beautifully restored radial car from new contributor Stephen Rees.
Links: Added links to Canada
Science and Technology Museum virtual exhibits. A Train Journey Through
the Ottawa Valley featuring pictures from the Aubrey Mattingly collection.
July 1, 2007
TTR added a recent photo of John Street Tower minus its roof and hidden beneath the footbridge leading to CN Tower but still very crucial to the operation of Union Station.
June 1, 2007
Articles: CPR London Passenger Service added a new paragraph about #21 & 22 going to RDC's with discontinuance of the famed Bullet once powered by Jubilee type 4-4-4 3000's. Now only two trains of RDC's a day operated where not long before there were four. Includes a link to an article about Highway 401 which contributed to the decline of these passenger trains.
Interurban and Street Railways TTC The City of Toronto takes over. More reconstructoin street scenes of the Weston Route near the Junction.
Photographs: Galleries: CPR
Diesel added 8763
with wrong way nose stripes like on 8921.
May 1, 2007 Seventh Anniversary of This Web Site!
Al Howlett is back with more of his old slides carefully restored. Find them throughout the links.
Articles: CPR Bruce Division added a 1974 view of the
long-abandoned infamous horseshoe
curve. Also, a 1973 view of Mac
Tier shop area with the turntable almost hidden by weeds.
Shortlines: CANDO's CEMR added two images from new contributor Curt Wakeman.
Interurban and Street Railways: Toronto Transportation Commission more old scenes in the Junction of track reconstruction work on Dundas after the TTC takeover. This was a very time consuming project organizing the images which were in random order in the TTC Collection in the City Archives plus researching the scenes themselves, which accounts somewhat for the lack of variety this month. Lots of interesting things to look at more than 80 years ago including double decker buses on Route 1. Later Years page shows PCC's in the 1960's in the Junction.
General: The Junction and It's Railways added an interesting old photo showing a horse drawn wagon riding along the streetcar tracks, one of the very few I have ever seen and proof of the reason for chosing the odd-ball gauge.
Photographs: Galleries: Locomotives: Shortlines: ETR 102 SW8 added. TH&B added new gallery for diesels starting with SW9 switcher 58. All Canada Industrial, British Columbia created another page to add a new photo of Western Forest Products 303 a unique SW1200RS with dynamic brakes on the Vancouver Island railway of pre-decessor CANFOR, the last remaining logging railway in Canada. Saskatchewan added IPSCO 4 ex LA Jct. Alco. Ontario Industrial see: What's New in This Gallery?
April 1, 2007
Toronto Streets Yonge Street added an interesting old photo of cement trucks at work rebuilding the street after opening of the Subway. What is really interesting is a building in the background at 51 Yonge the Commercial Travellers Building. For many years commercial travellers rode the rails to gather wholesale orders for every kind of merchandise. This men dealt only with businesses unlike travelling salesmen who went door-to-door selling retail.
TTC new file starts with some old track construction scenes in the Junction from the TTC's first days. Keele Street and Weston Road.
Photograph Galleries: CPR London Division yard
engines gallery added old colour slides of GMD 6701 long-time London
engine and Alco 7061 a Windsor engine. New gallery
for facilities starting off with steam-era water tank and standpipe.
March 1, 2007
Articles: Added a new subsection
to the index for interurban and street railways. Sir Adam Beck's Hydro
Radial Railways proposal is included. It is interesting to speculate
just what might have happened had these modern electric railways been
built and had they survived the coming of the automobile and trucks
as well as the Great Depression. Nearly a century later, would we have
had fast efficient public transportation over much of Ontario that today
would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the endlessly growing congestion
that plagues our streets and highways?
CPR Bruce Division Branches
added instructions from old
employee time table of 1898 governing operating down steep grades.
CPR London Division added another photo of Goderich
turntable. CPR Toronto Division
added rules page from old employee time table for 1898
governing Toronto Junction. CPR Trenton Division K&P
page added date of the last run as well as altered final abandonment
Stations: CPR Bruce Division added a photo of the elusive Camp Borden station at its official opening from January 1944 Spanner, the first issue in magazine style. Goes with recently added view of W.W.1 station. CPR London Division added an old post card view of Goderich. CPR Toronto Division added very old photo of CVR Cooksville.
February 1, 2007 Articles: General: Something different this month. Take a look at the streets of Toronto in the first half of the 20th Century. An Index page provides links to many existing pages and new ones. Includes construction of Canada's first subway in Toronto, a really big deal at the time it has long been taken for granted and now often complained about! The construction scenes are interesting for what they show. People all wore hats back then except that workers didn't have hardhats. Some neat looking automobiles too! A look at the Junction in West Toronto including streetcars and radial cars that ran to Weston, Woodbridge and Guelph. The latter died early in the Great Depression. Had it survived there might not have been a need for the Georgetown GO trains, commuters could ride a fast LRT on a separate right-of-way into Toronto. Many of its industries were long lived, others less so, including the famous Russell Motor Car. Once a prosperous thriving place that was begun because of the coming of the CPR in the late 19th Century; it was the exit of the CPR in 1964 that began its downhill slide. When the CPR moved its shops out of West Toronto and its freight marshalling yard was replaced by a modern hump yard in Agincourt, thousands of good paying union jobs went with it. It continued with the closing of Canada Packers and the Ontario Stockyards. New big box stores and others on the site of the stockyards and housing where the Packers was keeps people away from the old Junction shopping area long without most name brand chain stores. Changing demographics has kept the Junction down as new construction goes elsewhere. CNR and CPR ended their passenger train service and you can't even get on or off a VIA or GO train in the Junction.
Toronto's Independent Bus Lines beginning with West York Coach Lines including the Eileen Avenue route which I rode as a kid. There are no known colour photos or slides of any of these buses. Can you help? Got any old black and white photos? Contact me if you have.
CPR Bruce Division added
old colour photo of a Royal Hudson
with TH&B Line equipment at Union Stn. CPR
Toronto Yard added recent views of former ex NS/Sou long hood forward
SD40 hump units sold off to NREX
and now back at NS! Plus, older photos when Norfolk
Southern owned and earlier yet when Southern
owned. All photos from new contributor Mike Ray.
Archives: Added CPR Perpetual 4% Consolidated Debenture Stock certificate issued in 1930.
Happy New Year!
January 1, 2007 Articles: Intermodal Pioneer added an old Spanner article about the start on December 1, 1952 of piggyback service between Montreal and Toronto. This was for CPR's LCL traffic using 20 foot trailers. This is also linked from the feature article CPR Trenton Division along with another Spanner article about the start of dedicated piggyback trains effective October 9, 1957. CPR London Division added an old Spanner article about display train of brand new Dayliners about to begin service. Long lines of people waited to see inside these never before seen stainless steel cars. CPR even ran a special train out of Toronto on a Bolton Turn just for reporters and they too came out in big numbers. What a difference; now the public hardly knows passenger trains even exist, especially other than commuter trains. Steam engine gallery 3 added 2409 now in freight service. CPR Toronto Division added three 1929 photos, an increadible difference showing a dirt road of Eglinton Avenue West which remained as a level crossing until the late 1950's. Kodak plant is here and presently under demolition having closed in early 2006. Also added several old photos 1926-7 showing area around Front & Spadina where a new bridge was built over the railway yard with streetcar tracks extended south on Spadina over a diamond with the Shed Lead as well TTC tracks on Front Street which already crossed the Shed Lead just east of there. A new subway is also shown which was part of the massive Viaduct grade separation project. Included in TTR Viaduct Gallery. In the stations gallery added a photograph more than a century old showing a two horsepower way of getting to the old North Toronto station or, in fact, to old Union Station as well. Another old photo shows a little bit of Bloor Yard. I have never seen a decent photo of the place.
CPR Lambton Yard added three great old photos from 1927 showing construction of TTC tracks on Runnymede Road . These streetcar tracks were never used! Also, some more equally old TTC photos to go with the Keele Subway shot of 1915 showing a far busier street complete with a streetcar and two different indepdendent bus companies vehicles as well as pedestrians all competing with the many automobiles that had since invaded the streets. Note too the drinking water fountain on the street, once a common sight, now, you could die of thirst looking for one!
Shortlines: OSR added a brand
new photo of GEXR switching on new siding at AOC
in Joint Area of GJR. Also, created a page
to link various non-revenue equipment, cabooses, hopper and tank
cars, car mover, track machines, trucks etc. Got any others?
Photographs: Galleries: Stations. CPR Toronto Don station added an old photo of the "new" Queen Street bridge. The station is difficult to see, just beyond the tower. Locomotives: CPR steam added several old colour images including an old Pacific equipped with an early form of HEP downgraded from Montreal commuter service and its replacement newer Pacifics; along with an old P1 freight engine and a neat old yard engine in Brownville Junction, Maine. Most of these 20 Baldwin built 2-8-0's lasted until the 1950's except for 3 including 3512 lost off a barge into the deep Slocan Lake in BC in 1947. CPR diesels, added two Baldwin yard engines in CP Rail paint, 7067 on the mainland and 7072 on the island at the E&N shops, an interesting compact facility suitable for a model railway. Also, 6592 MLW S-3 in Calgary from new contributor Richard Silagi and S-10 6612 from new contributor Rob Kitchen and 6613 when it was PGE 6613. Shortlines: added BBRX 7000 former Bombardier HR412 demonstrator from new contributor Patrick DeLarue.
CPR Toronto Division
added plan for a proposed 1914 large station at the Don. Thanks to Derek
Boles who unearthed this very interesting document. Added a small
page of New Toronto industrial
history with a link to the local historical society for further history.
Weston page, added an old aerial
view of the Kodak plant in Mount
Dennis, recently closed, a victim of changing technology. The large
site will be a prime residential redevelopment. Both of these pages
can also be viewed from Toronto
Area Industries found under General.
Ontario Southland added a nice digital shot of their Alco S-6 number 500 sitting at Salford shop one year ago. Also, QGRY 1801 on a plow job. This ex CP unit didn't last very long on the shortline making it difficult to find any photo of it at work. It was sold to Andrew Merrilees (D), acquired by OSR and underwent considerable work to return it to service as OSR 182. Also, an old photo of the small station at Corwhin, long gone.
Toronto Terminals Ry. added some old photos here and there including York Street bridge area showing old Union Station and old Heating Plant; another view of new Union Station along Front Street before it opened and before the Royal York hotel was built. Beyond the TTR limits but still part of the Viaduct Grade Separation, an old view of the GTR Riverdale station before work began. Also viewable in Grade Separations Article.
Stories: Two more stories by the late Don Gaw; one about meeting a ghost train that scared a train crew and another, Memories of a Close Call at Christmas Time about a near disasterous situation when a train crew got careless.
Photographs: Galleries: CPR
Trains: Added 8200, 8201 only GP30's. 8403
in Block lettering. 8921 famous
one-of-a-kind unit several views in Montreal terminal. CPR
Diesels added 8212 GP35
soon renumbered into 5000 series and
8300 C-424 soon renumbered into 4200 series from new contributor
Peter Cox. 8403 in
Script lettering. 8921 before
chop nose mod. by new contributor David L. Brook. CPR
Facilities added some old shots of the CPEL Galt yard including
the crane and scale. CPR Rolling
stock added a Burro
crane with a clam bucket picking up snow and an old service
car used on the auxiliary. CPR Steam added two old photos of the
two K-1 class 3100's the only
4-8-4's on the CP, one in passenger service and the other after conversion
to oil, in freight service near the end of steam.
November 1, 2006 Articles:
Ontario Southland has a complete re-write
including about two dozen new images by new contributor David Young
a young railfan with an interesting local web site Fergus
Railfan. Also, created a new gallery
(scroll down) showing former units on CPR. CPR
Bruce Branches added three images of abandoned Elora Sub. CPR London
Division Passenger Service created
a new page for GO trains also,
added a great old poster announcing commencement of Palace
sleeping car service between Chicago and Toronto via St.Thomas in
1895! Added text and two images showing new mainline Quebec
Street Yard. and the extended Nissouri
passing track.Yard Engine gallery
added photo of 6700 brand new. Loco
gallery 4 added nice shot of 4015
FA-1 A unit from new contributor Earl Minnis.
CPR Toronto Division added city map of Toronto from 1834 showing
the many annexations until 1914. No further annexation took place until
1967 when Forest Hill and Swansea were taken over. Toronto stayed at
this stage until the forced amalgamation January 1, 1998 of the seven
municipalities that had comprised Metropolitan Toronto, itself created
in 1954. CPR Trenton Division added another old colour slide of the
Hog Bay trestle at Port Mc.Nicoll.
Stories: Don Gaw a now deceased CPR conductor wrote some interesting true stories about his railroading days. One is about a near disasterous wreck on Christmas Eve. Another is about one of the rare E-8 diesels on a fast Montreal-Ottawa train that lost a wheel!
Added a builder's photo of a unique piece of equipment, a mobile
power plant built in 1929 for Canadian Utilities Ltd. and amazingly,
it has been preserved. Galleries:
CNR Facilities a new
gallery started off with an aerial view of London (full circle) roundhouse
in 1950. Locomotives: CNR old diesels
added 4495 CPR Diesels added
8200 one of only two GP30's
in Canada, and its interesting history. Re-numbered, both still exist,
5000 privately preserved, photo
from new contributor Ed Mello and 5001
in the hands of a small switching contractor in the US; new contributor
Thomas Johnson. HS-10
as Ogden shop switcher. Also, 8716
CLC H16-44 out of its territory in London, this was one of two units
equipped to operate Speno rail grinding train. 4015
Alco FA-1 covered wagon. 7118 last
of 20 MLW S-4's and 78 Alco and MLW S-2's from new contributor Brian
Ambrose; both in CP Rail Multi-mark scheme. Created new gallery
for CPR rolling stock starting
with an old mail car.
October 1, 2006
Articles: New article about Grade
Separation projects in Toronto. (Find same article under General,
CPR or CNR.) Includes Toronto Viaduct as well as GTR Parkdale and CPR
North Toronto. Also, CNR
Concrete bridges. Contributions from new contributor Jeffrey
P. Smith. CPR Bruce Division Hamilton
Joint Section added 1971 view at Bayview Junction. Passenger service;
added 1980 view of Budd Cars stopped at Black
Rock for US Customs, new contributor Doug Kroll who has provided
a number of photos this month from his
web site. CPR London Division locomotive
gallery 4 added 4015 an old covered wagon. Branchlines: added old
photo of two children playing with the turntable
in Goderich.and one of Hydraulic Switcher
17 with a nice new paint job. Passenger
Service added 9110 eastbound at
London station changing crew near the end of passenger service. CPR
Lambton Yard added S-11 6615 to yard
engines gallery. CPR Toronto Division
Lambton page added link to a new page for Cowan's
Chocolate factory which became Rowntree and finally Laura Secord
before rail service ended. This was the last industry on the Old Bruce
service track. Wharf page added
aerial view c.1930 of York Quay showing the huge Terminal
Warehouse, which was incorporated in 1926 as the Canadian
Rail and Harbour Terminals, Limited. Also, a view of it redeveloped
as condos and retail, Queens
Quay Terminal. Fez City
page add artists rendering of high rise West
Harbour City on former Molson brewery site. John
Street engines gallery added a page
to show differences in headlight and truck modifications to Alco/MLW
switchers. Added two photos of St.Luc yard diesels 7012 and 7042 compared
to 7011 from new contributor Peter
Layland. Weston page add 8921 crossing
West Toronto Diamond in its CP Rail Action Red. General: Cabooses:
added photo of unique turret cupola CPR van and modern TH&B steel
van built same as CPR wide-vision cupola vans.
Photographs: Galleries: Locomotives: Shortlines:
add Grand Forks 6703 in new paint from new contributor Jim Spurway.
CNR old diesels, added RS-18
3684 nicely restored to original
green paint and now indoors at Exporail along with older shot in red,
black and white.
September 1, 2006 My 65th birthday. I am now officially a senior citizen!
Articles CPR Lambton Yard added old photo of streetcar tracks being laid on Runnymede Road to reach the new Britannia car barns which were never built. Added new link in Part 1 for the page making it easier to find. Part 2 added Spanner article about custom built diesel refueler truck, first in Canada. CPR Toronto Division Esplanade added another image of the Toronto Fruit Market. This was once the Great Western station. There is also a link on the Swansea OFT page. Parkdale redevelopment added old photo of the Gladstone House to go with an image of it following its recent renovation. Sunnyside, added a new page of non-railway street scenes. Leaside added old photo of 9051 en route to Peterboro on recently started Dayliner service. John Street Locomotive Department added another link to diesel refueler truck article. John Street engines added 6271 including retirement presentation of its number plate to its long-time regular engineer, Sam Hicks. One of only two 0-6-0's not scrapped it has been neglected for over forty years at the Canadian Railway Museum in Delson. It belongs here in Toronto. Too bad we don't have a railway museum here. West Toronto added several old photographs including Royce Avenue level crossing and the subway under construction and nearby industries including one which supplied bodies for the nearby short-lived Chevrolet plant before the GM plant was built in Oshawa.
CPR Trenton Division
(scroll down to Abandonments) added an interesting little note about
the last train on the Havelock Sub. to the Falls having to stop to open
farmers fences put up across the seldom-used tracks. Also, added a link
to the 3M
company web site for its history in Canada including the now-closed
plant just east of Havelock that kept a small portion of the line open.
Kingston Sub. (the old "Kick
and Push" ) added some info and a newspaper
clipping about the last through Mixed trains between Kingston and
Renfrew hauled by D4 class Ten-Wheelers 417 and 492. Bob Sandusky
is back with more of his speciality, colour photographs of branchline
railroading in the 1950's, a time when both steam and mixed trains were
fading from the scene.
Photographs: Galleries: Locomotives: CPR trains: added three more views of The Alouette including one with an open observation buffet parlor car. Still looking for a good colour view of B&M E7 in Canada. CPR Locomotives added view of WN&P 630 formerly CP 4500. A railfan saved this unit from scrap. Industrial Ontario see: What's New in This Gallery? Stations: CPR Toronto Division added view of GTR South Parkdale. Why here? It was replaced by the GTR Sunnyside station which CPR shared the use of. CPR Quebec added a page 3 which shows the boarded up magnificent Lacolle station on the former NJ/D&H.
August 1, 2006 Once
again Old Time Trains welcomes many new contributors who, along
with the many repeat contributors all help to make this a more interesting
web site. Thank you one and all. If you think you may have something
of interest you are welcome to send along jpgs.
Articles: CPR London Division (scroll down to Changes Over the Years) added new information regarding introduction of MBS radio dispatching replacing train orders issued by Operators. Removal of Train Order Signals or, "Order boards" as they were commonly known from stations was part of this. New contributor Bill Miller was one of those who was on hand to record its passing at Guelph Junction a long-time favourite place for railfans to hang out watching and photographing trains. In the locomotive galleries a good colour slide of P2 class steam engine 5406 at Galt. On the Branches added an old slide of the interesting crossing of the long-abandoned CNR (exLH&B) at Blyth. CPR Trenton Division GB&S segment added a great colour slide of the famous Hog Bay trestle on the way into Port Mc.Nicoll. CPR Toronto Division (scroll down to LCL and Pool Cars), added evening view of shed transfer shoving on King Street Lead across Front Street by new contributor Terry Link. Also, view of yard engine switching the paper shed. Parkdale page, Swansea and Ontario Food Terminal segment added link to two old photos of the Toronto Wholesale Fruit Market, (once the Great Western station) on the Esplanade, predecessor of the OFT. Lambton page rewritten text for Bloor Street to West Toronto portion. Added 1915 photo of Wallace Avenue footbridge. Added some 1923 photos of Diamond area including Osler Street Team Tracks and West Toronto freight shed. Plus, an old shed. CPR Toronto Yard train gallery added detail to caption to identify unique style of signal: Entrance Yard Track Indicators. CPR Lambton Yard History, added two very old photos to map of Lambton Mills. Also, added 1912 view of Runnymede Subway before yard office and roundhouse were built.
Photographs: Galleries: Created a new gallery for
CPR facilities starting
with a crossing watchman's tower, a water tank and a water standpipe.
Stations: CPR Toronto Division
added two old views of Don station.
One in 1910 before the high level bridge was built and afterwards in
1929 which also shows nearby tower. GTR
Sunnyside temporary station in a coach. CPR
Bruce Division added old photo of Erin
being demolished. Bill Weber was the last regular agent-operator
there and saved this old notice of many stations
being offered for sale. He also saved a great old
document from Credit Valley days. Photo of Cheltenham
added. GTR South
Parkdale added view of new station just before it was closed by
the grade separation project. CPR
Trenton Division added two views of Lindsay
freight shed in its last years. Toronto Terminals Railway old
union station gallery added view at track level just before demolition
Archives: Ink blotters were once a common way for
businesses to advertise because of their widespread common usage by
the public. Two from 1955 have been added from the collection of Bill
Weber; one for Canadian Pacific Steamships
and the other for Great Northern with a map showing its lines including
several crossing the international border.
July 1, 2006 Articles:
CPR Bruce Division added
a page of old snapshots taken by brakeman
Cliff Beagan back in 1954 on a trip on 953, a fast freight hauled
by 2305, a Pacific type former passenger engine. Not the best
quality but, cameras for the average person were often not the greatest
and, these were taken from a moving freight train! CPR
Lambton Yard added 1915
photo of new Runnymede Road subway showing yard office recently
built. Ontario Southland added photo of
BCOL 1001 now OSR 501.
June 1, 2006 Articles:
CPR Toronto Yard added
new gallery starting with old photo
from new contributor Steve Reeves of a train waiting to leave
the yard. Ontario Southland added photo by
OSR engineer Joe Dennis of ex BCR
M420 646 switching at Petro Canada where it replaced two units that
failed late in 2005. One, ex SOO 378 GP7
was sent to Lambton Diesel Service in Sarnia for repair. Added a
link to Welland
Industrial history site. Not much railway but, interesting, especially
the heavy industries served by railways.
Photographs: Station Galleries CPR
London Division added GO
Streetsville. An interesting comparison to the more traditional
railway stations that once served the town.
May 1, 2006 Marking the Sixth Anniversary of this web site. I am taking this opportunity to thank all of the many contributors who have added to this web site. Your comments, corrections and contributions are always welcome. Thank you, one and all!
Articles: CPR Bruce Division added a 1919 photo of the S.S.Cherokee at Bala Summer Station. Bruce branches in Orangeville added recent photos by new contributor Steve Bradley of the former CPR bunkhouse recently being destroyed by fire. Shortlines: Algoma Central added some photos here and here taken 25 years ago by new contributor Rob Kitchen also, added a photo of tour train hauled by ex Wisconsin Central GP40's newly under CN ownership. Newfoundland's Railways added a page for Buchans Railway a long-abandoned non-common carrier narrow gauge railway operated by ASARCO including photos from new contributor Mark Landgraf. General: Early diesels added a rare old 1933 photo of CN 7750 one-of-a-kind early diesel in Turcot Yard.
Photographs: Main page added a photo of CNR 7312 when it was just another 0-6-0 switcher. It went on to become famous as Strasburg 31. Galleries: Stations: CPR Trenton Division, added a recent photo of the former Havelock station restored and in use as the Station Restaurant. For sale again, March 2006. Locomotives, Industrial, BC added BC Forest Prods. 9 long-gone Whitcomb 80-tonner. Quebec: added a little 45-tonner named Romeo & Juliette with a fancy paint job at the now-closed timber reload facility on the revived Quebec Central. Ontario steam: Added nice old photo of Consolidated Sand and Gravel 7105 back in 1932 at Paris pit. It was ex Standard Paving nee CNR/GTR 7105 and went on to become part of the CNR Museum Train. It remains at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. C&D Sugar added CNR 7456 when it was just another 0-6-0 switcher.
Preservation: New page briefly describing the preservation of two ex CNR 0-6-0's from Canada and Dominion Sugar. Both still exist, one became well-known as Conway Scenic 47.
April 1, 2006 Articles:
CPR Bruce Division branches. More
than half a century after abandonment of part of the Elora Sub. for
the Shand Dam project the abandonded
right-of-way can still be seen at times of low water levels in Lake
Belwood, from new contributor Tom Landers. Added old map of Cardwell
Jct. showing location of connecting track with GTR on the former
TG&B. Added explanation of Protect
engine for passenger and auxiliary trains.
Stories: Bruce Mercer is back with more of his stories about the C&O in Ontario as he Turns Back the Pages of his tattered little notebook. Photos have been added throughout including new contributor Doug Page who had some interesting photos back in 1967 of a C&O train detouring over the CNR at Canfield Junction. Your photos are welcome.
Photographs: Galleries: New gallery for Hy-Rail equipment. Beginning with a restored 1958 Pontiac station wagon (remember them?) from new contributor Matt Cummins. Ordinary automobiles replaced rail-only inspection cars for use by Officials. Re-arranged CPR diesel galleries with some additions: CPR diesel units and CPR diesel trains.
March 1, 2006 Articles:
Old Time Trains welcomes a new author Brian Westhouse who specializes
in Ontario logging railways and lumber companies. Many of these operations
had little or nothing published about them and photographs are hard
to come by. General: Logging Railways
in Ontario CPR CPR ships part of the Travel on CPR article
World's Greatest Travel System.
Replaced some black and white images on the Atlantic
page with nice old post card views from a great web site of ship post
cards. See link to Simplon at bottom of Atlantic page. New chapter added
for cargo ships including container
and bulk carriers of CP Bermuda. CPR London Division created a new page
for branch line passenger service
separate from main line service and restored battery car 9002 that was
inadvertantly left off when the feature article was reorganized. CPR
Trenton Division VIA passenger trains did not normally operate on the
Belleville Subdivision but, VIA units did haul CPR freight trains during
times of power shortages. New contributor Raymond Farand proves
this with a shot of a pair of F40's
on an Intermodal train crossing Mud Lake trestle. Added a hot link
to a photo of 2399 which was the
last regularly assigned passenger steam engine on the Trenton
Div. Protect Engine explained.
CPR Bruce Division added photo from
new contributor Bill Hakkarinen of VIA
RDC's at Exchange Street station. CPR
Toronto Division a small rewrite under Operating Department listing
positions of various Officers, including a description of the Supervisor
and Shop Foreman. also
the Call Boy and Station
Agent/Operator etc. Employees parking their automobile at
John Street required a windshield
permit. CPR Lambton Yard
added a little piece about the Beanery.
CPR subsidiary Quebec Central added page
from employee timetable
5 effective April 24,1966. One year later, timetable number 7 eff.
April 30,1967 was the last separate one issued.Also, added
small public timetable cover showing RDC which in 1957 reduced travel
time between Sherbrooke and Quebec City (147.6 miles) by an hour and
a half! Chalk It Up article now has an
old photo showing how cars were once marked for switchmen. CNR
Constituant lines: Newfoundland's Railways
has three images from new contributor John Carter of the
Carbonear Mixed one of three such little known trains that continued
to operate for years after main line passenger service ended. Shortlines:
Dale Wilson is back with an expanded article on the little-known
Lake Huron and Northern Ontario. Add
link to Joggins and Maritime railways.
February 1, 2006 Articles:
CPR ships added to Travel on CPR
article World's Greatest Travel System.
CPR Schreiber Division
(link) article added on Nipigon
Subdivision and article about James
Secretan, government engineer for the Pacific Railway (pre-CPR).
CPR Bruce Division Branches added
old colour photos of the abandoned
Walkerton Sub. right-of-way at Priceville and the bridge
piers in the Saugeen River in Hanover and the new
footbridge built on the old piers. Also, Bruce
Branches, Elora Sub. added two views of diamond
with CNR. Added in the diesel
era gallery three colour photos by Jim Griffin in Markdale:
Rare GP30, a slightly derailed plow, and a great shot of snow plowing
through town back in 1977. CPR London Division Branches
added old colour photo of St.Mary's
yard; another one near Elmira shows how arrow-straight much of the
Goderich Sub. was as it crossed the land.CPR
Toronto Division added several 1986 views of Parkdale
and Strachan Avenue after track changes including a closeup of the
"dump" where runaways were
caught. Parkdale yard after converted to an Inter
Modal Service facility for CAST container traffic. Two 1987 aerial
views looking towards Bathurst
Street and of the area around the former
Cabin D. Also, view of King
Street Lead along Front Street. John
Street Gallery has eight new photos of the last year of its operation.
Gene Burles. CPR Trenton Division
(scroll down) added a photo of the last
through train to leave Smiths Falls with a caboose.
Photographs: Galleries: Stations: CPR
Trenton Division added two recent views of Dunsford
(Bobcaygeon Sub.) as a residence from new contributor Tony Bock.
CPR Bruce Division
added another view of Owen Sound.
Locomotives: Started a new gallery for early
CP Rail diesels with E8 1800 on the Atlantic Limited. Ontario Industrial
Locomotives see What's New in
January 1, 2006 Articles
The building of the Canadian Pacific Railway
was an epic undertaking, one that not only built a railway but, also
built a country. In no other country in the world was the railway of
greater importance than in Canada. Without the CPR Canada simply would
not have existed as it has.
CPR Schreiber Division added a link to web site of David Gagnon, a trainman in the 1970's. A look at this rugged area including interesting old general railway material. Be sure to read FAQ.
CPR Trenton Division added paragraph (scroll down to abandonments) about CPR taking over from the abandoned CNR (ex Bay of Quinte) in Tweed back in 1941.
Photographs Galleries Locomotives: CNR Steam started a new gallery with 49 one of only six 4-6-4F type engines especially built for GTR Montreal suburban service. CPR Steam added 2467 in Montreal suburban (commuter) service. CPR Diesel added two photos of Train Masters, one m.u.'d with a Rocket! and a four car set of Budd Cars in the Montreal suburban service. Stations: CPR Trenton Division added old CPR photo of COR Bonarlaw station, a joint facility.
December 1, 2005 Articles Shortlines: Smoky Falls Line. Spruce Falls Power & Paper Company in Northern Ontario operated its own non-common carrier railway for many years known as the Smoky Line. Only plant switching in Kapuskasing remains. Roberval & Saguenay 2-6-0 with a two car mixed train in 1933. Ontario Southland has had a reorg plus update and added images including one from new contributor Shaun Arthur of GP7 383 with its unique new logo on the nose and one from new contributor Chris Lyon of parts hulk 1116 sitting at the Junction on February 26, 2005. Walter Pfefferle responded to a special request for photos of the Shuttle Wagon car mover at Salford shop. General: Cabooses. Added dates for start of cabooseless train operations. CPR Ontario District London Division added two great aerial views of Woodstock back in 1945 and 1953. Trenton Division Dayliners operated for years on the Peterboro Sub. but not on the new main line through Trenton, however, here is one at Bowmanville. Nor did GO trains operate anywhere on the Trenton Division, however GO units often did in the 1970's. Toronto Division added a new page describing train operations and crews to better clarify situation including assist or "push" engines. Bruce and Trenton Divisions also have a link to this page for pertinent information. Scroll down each main page to Crews or Operations to find link. Also, Toronto Division added exact date North Toronto Station was renamed Toronto-Yonge Street (November 21,1919) and opening date for Leaside Junction station, September 1894. Lambton Yard added to engine gallery 2-10-0 5750 on Parkdale Transfer with my grandfather (Johnny Jackson) as fireman. He may well have been the fireman on the Swansea Transfer in this old view of 0-6-0 6271. He retired off the Swansea Transfer shortly after I began railroading carrying on a tradition begun decades ago with my great grandfather who retired from the Air Brake Room at West Toronto.
Photographs Galleries Stations: Created a new gallery for former CPR New Brunswick stations, added stations to CPR Quebec as well as a second page including stations still in use for AMT commuter trains. All from station specialist Jeff Henricks. Ontario Industrial Locomotives see: What's New in This Gallery? Created a new gallery for older CNR diesels. CPR Steam added 1201 back in 1951 when it was just another G5, 2663 on a passenger extra in Joliette, U3 6304 the last 0-6-0 and 6950 one of only three 0-10-0's both in Winnipeg.
Stories Turning Back the Pages of the Tattered Little Note Book. I am pleased to welcome a new author to the Old Time Trains web site of Canadian Railway History and Stories, Bruce Mercer who writes about his early railroad career working as a locomotive engineer on the C&O in Ontario in the 1980's and 90's before being laid off in 1996. Previously he had worked non-op jobs on the TH&B and the C&O in Toronto and is currently an engineer on OSR.
Newt Rossiter's stories: Added a link in CPR Bruce and Trenton Divisions articles about push engine on 955 and 1/22. This was inadvertantly deleted from the Stories section during the many reorgs as were some others now restored: 2838 on a rerouted troop train over the CNR at Bayview and 2925 on the "little Hamilton" psgr. Other stories are linked to the locomotive galleries in each Division feature Article.
November 1, 2005 Articles:
General; Newfoundland's Railways,
includes a look at the last of steam on the CNR and a very brief item
on the Millertown, an early shortline. Shortlines: New article
on the Roberval & Saguenay, an old
shortline in Quebec owned by Alcan to serve its aluminium smelter and
other traffic, includes photographs by new contributors Renaud Chodkowski
of France and Glenn Courtney. Essex
Terminal an early Ontario shortline still going. Link to ETR's web
site for a detailed history written by retired ETR president Murray
Elder, the man most responsible for steam locomotive #9 coming to SOLRS/STCR.
Mattagami RR tiny shortline in
Northern Ontario added 1928 passenger
ticket. Sudbury Area Mining Railways
has had a reorg creating smaller pages to speed downloading on dial
up. Added a brief mention and the only known photograph of the Lake
Huron & Northern Ontario (formerly Bruce Mines & Algoma)
an obscure little railway that came and went with little notice. A long
ways west of Sudbury, but had to put it somewhere! Stockyards
added another aerial view
and two maps showing West Toronto stockyards
and packing houses, plus an
original un-issued share certificate
of The Union Stock Yards Company from the West Toronto Junction Historical
Society archives. CLC added photo of
actual builders plate from CPR 1301 last
G5, from new contributor Ron Muldowney.
Articles Index Page: CNR Family Tree of principal constituents up to 1923.
Photographs: Added a writeup about lime
kilns around Eaganville. See caption of Dominion
Rock Products tramway. Galleries: Construction locomotives:
Queenston Hydro added current
photo of HEPC 46 0-4-0T that became Deloro Smelting & Refining.
Saved by Chas. Matthews it has changed hands and sits rusting
away. Added an interesting look at the life of contractor J.D.McArthur
Added old photos from 1931 showing construction
on the massive Beauharnois Power project. One of the 14 steam locomotives
bought new from CLC is now in St.Thomas
October 1, 2005 Articles CPR Trenton Division has had a reorg same as previous Feature Articles on CPR Ontario District. CPR London Division added a new galley of locomotives which includes photos of brand new that day Locotrol SD40-2's 5806 and 5807 being sanded. Yard engines, added nice photo by new contributor, Earl Minnis, of 7023 in Windsor yard where it spent its last years. CPR Bruce Division added an old Spanner article covering the introduction of Dayliner replacing steam on the Branch. Added links in each Division feature Article to time tables in Archives section. Canadian Northern aerial view of Leaside shops, added dates of closing.
Stories The men who worked some of the last New Brunswick steam locomotives, a trio of small 4-4-0's on the CPR Chipman-Norton runs, reminisce about those days many years ago in a story written by Mac Trueman.
Photographs - Galleries Industrial diesel units in Canada. Quebec add Abitibi-Price 49 ex A&D from new contributor Doug Boyd, also two old electrics of Noranda Mines. Manitoba, two old electrics of Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting. Ontario, add IREX 5 one of two SW1's, at the time the biggest units acquired by Merrilees. Also, FDDM&S 70-tonner fleet acquired by Merrilees. Industrial steam, Ontario, added present day image of a sadly rusting saddletanker once destined for the still-born Ontario transportation museum, from new contributor Gerry Ferns. And steam, other provinces: CC&F 2 at Turcott, Que. also M&B 1044 one of the last working steam locomotives on VI and Shay 115 by new contributor Brian Williams working Vancouver Wharves in 1967!
September 1, 2005
Ontario & Quebec, Credit
Valley and Toronto, Grey & Bruce
all have additional material added including stock and old bond certificates,
part of the story of the infamous O&Q lawsuits.
CPR Toronto Division
added 1960's views of Islington
station and Obico (Junction).
CPR London Division gallery 3 added a colour photo of D10 891 at London.
Ontario Southland; added images of the new shop at Salford, OSRX 182 RS-18 (ex Ottawa Central 1801 nee CP 1801/8764) being prepared for repainting, 503 under repair inside changing out b/o MG and track machines. Also, an aerial view of Salford.
Photographs added interesting old color sketch
of Northern's unique design Davenport station in 1863, with unusual
water tank at left. Galleries 20th
Century station gallery CPR Bruce Division, many additions old colour
slides Orangeville Sub. Locomotive Galleries: CPR
steam added some old colour slides from the 1950's. Shortlines:
older units no longer at the location and recent
August 1, 2005 Articles:
CPR Toronto Division has undergone
a complete reorganization to reduce the unwieldly length by creating
numerous new pages. Additional and corrected information and photographs.
Rescanning of photographs and enlarging of images will continue.
CPR Predecessors; Credit Valley
and Toronto Grey & Bruce, two
short articles along with one about the infamous O&Q
which became involved in lawsuits by minority shareholders over
the sale of valuable land including North Toronto Station and where
Roy Thomson Hall was built.
Note: Continuing to re-scan many photographs, especially stations, with better quality scanner and often to a larger size.
Links: Fixed link to GTR Stratford Shops. Have a look.
July 1, 2005 Articles: CPR Lambton Yard has undergone a reorganization along with some new material. Many photographs have been rescanned for better quality images. Old links may no longer work. CPR London Division added a nice photo of 5178 which was typical London Division power in the 1950's. CPR Trenton Division part 1 some new research uncovered details of the original planned route of the new Campbellford, Lake Ontario & Western which became the current mainline between Smiths Falls and Toronto. Part 2 Some added details about last steam operation on the Bobcaygeon Sub. along with details about Pool passenger train operations and their replacement trains.
PHOTOGRAPHS New Galleries
CPR steam relocated images from
general photographs page. CPR Diesel
starts with two old photos from new contributor Ron Visockis.
June 1, 2005 Articles: CPR London Division has undergone a complete rewrite and reorganization along with some further new material. new Many photographs have been rescanned and resized with a new Epson Perfection 1670 scanner which has replaced the old Hewlett-Packard, providing better quality images. This early article has been added to many times through different web masters, thus the need to redo it. Old links may no longer work.
PHOTOGRAPHS CPR London Division Station Gallery added a newer colour image of Zorra thanks to new contributor Arnold Mooney. Ontario Industrial Locomotives What's New in This Gallery? New gallery created of Industrial Locomotives in other provinces, starting with new contributor Chris Lyon. Steam Industrial Locomotives add GWR steam dummy that was later sold to John B. Smith. Cooksville Brick & Tile add two new images engines 2 and 3 see also gas mechanical number 5 in the Ontario Industrial Locomotives gallery.
Sunday May 1st 2005 5th Anniversary of this web site, the largest of Canadian Railway History and Stories. Thank you to all the people who donated photographs/scans for use here.
STORIES: This is the 45th anniversary of The Tripleheader Sunday May 1st, 1960.
ARTICLES: CPR Trenton Division added 1910 photo
of Smiths Falls station. Also,
a colour photo of 4-8-4 3101 in 1954.
CPR Bruce Division, Hamilton Subdivision galleries added photo of 2925
in 1946 at Hamilton.
PHOTOGRAPHS Old post card of International
bridge at Sault Ste Marie.
April 1, 2005 Articles CPR Bruce Division Hamilton Sub. (Joint Section) New page added for Oakville Yard shows 6515 one of two S3 yard diesel units assigned for many years to switch Ford Oakville and especially equipped to work in the CNR yard. Contributed by Deane Motis. Canpa Cutoff added two more images of D10 807 switching there. This was one of the last steam locomotives to be in West Toronto Back Shop. Mac Tier Sub. weeks-old RS-18 8742 assisting Hudson 2803 on 953. This long-time fast freight to Western Canada was for many years ordered for about 9.45 a.m. ex Lambton Yard. Decades early the road engine assigned to this train as far as Muskoka (MacTier) was D10 953!
CPR London Division created a new gallery of black and white photographs taken by Bob Shaw back in 1959. Brand new GMD passenger units class DPA-17a and DPB-17a breaking-in on freight and destined shortly for The Canadian. Added photo of the diesel-era London Pick-Up with four "pups".
CPR Toronto Terminals Division: added three colour photos: A Transfer Power movement crossing West Toronto Diamond; 8921 Empress of Agincourt one-of-a-kind 2400HP RSD-17 on the Transfer and 7011 regular engine on the Parkdale Lead and a favourite of "yours truly"!
General Motors Diesel added photo of ex EMD demonstrator F units GMD 7001 as Soo Line 500, provided by Larry Easton of The Soo Line Historical & Technical Society.
Photographs A great
old coloured postcard from the Old Time Trains Archives postmarked
1911 showing the GTR International Limited.
CPR Bruce Division 20th century gallery of stations. Two tiny shelters, still in use late in the late 1950's. Crombies on the Owen Sound Sub. and Emery on the Mac Tier Subdivision where G5 1271 on the Steamboat had a meet with a Budd Car enroute to Camp Borden. Bob Shaw A scenic view of special train crossing the Forks of Credit high bridge. Diesel Era Gallery has a wintery scene of a snow and ice covered diesel with a snow plow in Orangeville Yard.
CPR Lambton Yard locomotives. Add 3507 old 2-8-0 used in yard service at Lambton and Trenton.
CPR London Division Yard locomotives New gallery added.
TEST Fixed many broken links especially in the Station Galleries. If you find any more please contact the web master. Removed red new notations everywhere, any you see now should be new material just added.
Links Great news! An outstanding web site has been returned to the internet at my prompting. Be prepared to spend hours viewing old glass negative photographs. Onderdonk's Way is an incredible site documenting the building of the Pacific Railway in BC prior to the CPR.
March 1, 2005 Old Time Trains is pleased to welcome two new authors to this web site of Canadian Railway History and Stories; Donald R. Mc.Queen and William D. Thomson, who wrote Constructed in Kingston, A History of the Canadian Locomotive Companies 1854 to 1968. This book is the definitive works of locomotive construction at what has sometimes been erroneously referred to as the "Kingston Locomotive Works", no doubt due to the similarly named Montreal Locomotive Works. We hope you will enjoy Part 1 of the Feature Article Canadian Locomotive Company. Additional images of CLC steam and diesel locomotives are welcome. Contact the webmaster.
Photographs CPR Trenton Division Station Gallery
added Lindsay circa 1959. Industrial
Steam Gallery: Beck Lumber
steam dummy locomotive recently restored. John
B. Smith & Sons 4 an 0-4-0T builders photo. Contractors Welland
Ship Canal add BY&H 25 Ontario Industrial Locomotives see: What's
New in this Gallery? Inspection
Autos: Added three rare ones, GWWD
34 a 1946 Packard, preserved at the Winnipeg Railway Museum. Also,
NAR 99 a 1930 Buick plus a 1929 Packard on the QCR from new contributor
R.S. (Ron) Ritchie CPR Ret'd.
CPR Bruce Division added a colour photo of Royal Hudson 2839 hauling New York City originated train long before it became famous in excursion service. It has been preserved in California.
CPR Bruce Branches added an old black and white photo 8/57 of 2664 the only G2 class engine assigned to Lambton roundhouse, it was for some time the regular engine on the Fraxa Pickup. (frax-ee) This was the only freight assignment working the Orangeville Sub. based at Lambton, the Moonlight was based at Orangeville along with other branch jobs.
CPR London Division part 2 add colour slide of 9008 taken by Bruce Chapman at Mc.Adam Jct. identical car to 9007 which once operated to Goderich. Toronto Terminals Railway added view of Royal Train arriving for the 1927 offical opening of the new Union Station. Algoma Central, added a colour image of GP9 172, the very last GP9 built in North America. GMD built two units to order for Algoma Central which wanted matching components of the older GP7's they already had. Note the GP20 style frame and fuel tanks. Compare to unit above it.
CPR Toronto Terminal Division added 3 views by Eric May from CN Tower showing John Street roundhouse and car shop in its last years, September 1976. Looking northwest shows Peter Street still in use. A more recent view, May 2003, looking west shows the golf course where the CNR Spadina coach yard was once located. Pig Transfer passing Keele Street enroute to Parkdale (likely from the Queensway) back in 1974 from new contributor Michael Taylor. Veg engine passing Sunnyside enroute to the Food Terminal back in 1966 by new contributor Jerry Appleman.
CPR Trenton Division part 2 added an old 19th century image of K&P 9 a diamond stacked 4-4-0 that never made it to the CPR roster.
CPR Lambton Yard on the Triple Crown Service Road Railer added a photo by David Graham of CN 145.
February 1, 2005 Articles:
Toronto Terminals Railway added images
demolition of Canadian Pacific Express building across from Union Station
and John Street interlocking tower.
CPR London Division 2 added a page about a unique one-of-a-kind self-propelled
car number 44 which operated in 1925 between St.Thomas and Woodstock.
CPR Trenton Division p.2 (scroll
down to bottom) added two colour night scenes of 3 RDC's arriving at
Peterboro, from new contributor Eric May, plus one taken by Eric's
mother of VIA 6135-6215 on
the last run of VIA's Havelock service shown at Peterboro. CPR Toronto
Terminal Division impressive looking high
bridge under construction on O&Q near Leaside in 1884. Early
Diesels added CPR 7010 first
production diesel acquired. CPR Lambton Yard
added to the page of recent photographs
including scenes of the Road Railer
days away from its end. GMD added photo
of Train of Tomorrow on display at the CNE
in Toronto. Inspection Cars
added another CPR inspection auto, M-364 a 1932 Buick. David M. More
Photographs added a unique view taken by Gene Burles of an abandoned tramway near Eaganville. A new Galleries lisitng has been added for Construction photographs and includes both relocated and new additions plus links to other exisiting pages. CPR London Division Station Gallery added several pictures of St.Marys including the turntable, all from Dave Tomlinson. Also, CN Tillsonburg old CASO station. Zorra in a winter scene added. Re-grouped Parkdale Station photos, linked here and in Bruce Division 20th Century Gallery. Forks of Credit reduced to a flag stop shelter shortly before passenger service ended, gets a surprise visitor. In the Bruce Brances Gallery Wally Pfefferle has added some great photographs taken a half of a Century after abandonment of the CPR Walkerton engine facility and the bridge into town. CPR Trenton Division Station gallery add colour photo of Cavan and Peterboro in 1975. Also, wooden van at Peterboro. Industrial Steam gallery has a great old photograph of a unique steam dummy from Brian Westhouse and a rare view of Pacific Coast Terminals ex US Army 0-6-0 at work, a sister engine to Stelco 20, and still in existance at Heritage Park in Calgary. Cooksville Brick has an engine added. There is another old Inspection car and a photo of unique 0-6-4T CPR 5997 has been added to the West Toronto Junction gallery. See also; Ontario Industrial Locomotives, What's New in this Gallery?
May 1, 2004 Marks
the 4th. anniversary of this web
site. It all began with one Story to mark the 40th. anniversary of the
on the CPR that I organized at the end of the steam era. It has continued
to include histories and stories, all written by railroaders, of the
steam era. While the research and work has been carried out by me it
would not have been possible to produce the results many have written
or spoken praise about without the generous contributions of so many
people. Some are old friends and sources of "inside" information
but, many others are strangers who have willingly shared scans of old
slides or photographs, and occasionally even gone out and photographed
something especially for this web site. That is the wonderful thing
about the Internet, the free sharing of what others have and the new
friendships made, many still without a personal contact other than by
e-mail. I want to take this opportunity to again thank all those who
have contributed to the Old Time Trains web site and to welcome new
contributors who might have something of interest but may be hesitating
to offer it. Please do.
The nice part about the Internet is the way so many people, strangers even, willingly share!
Thank you, one and all, for helping to make this a more interesting site.
go to Gordon Strathdee, Colin Churcher and Frank Vollhardt
for providing so many photographs for the locomotive galleries.
Thanks also to the many others who gave permission for the reuse their images.
SPECIAL NOTE: The following two articles contain some detailed drawings off old blueprints that were very large. Files were Zip compressed to reduce them. If you would like to see a big file to better see details, contact me: email@example.com
CPR West Toronto Hump Yard a 1950 proposal to convert West Toronto and Lambton yards into a modern retarder yard. A new roundhouse at Obico was in the plans, as were other improvements, one that took 50 years to happen!
CPR Belt Lines to Bypass Toronto a 1949 proposal in connection with proposed new yard at Kleinburg or Wexford. Elimination or reduction of assist/push engines on helper grades was part of the benefits of the proposal.
From the Archives
Midland Railway of Canada original printing plate for 100 pound Sterling bonds of 1871. If you know of an old intaglio printing press to print with, contact me:
May 1st marks the second anniversary of the Official Opening of the Old Time Trains web site.
May 1st 2000 marked the 40th Anniversary of The Tripleheader, a famous event in Canadian railway history. It was the feature article in the beginning. The web site was created to further record Canadian rail history, and to bring it to a wider audience. The uniqueness of web publishing is that it can easily be rewritten, altered, expanded, corrected, etc. unlike printed books which forever show their errors and incompleteness. While it is also far less expensive than printing a hardcover book, there is never-the-less an expense of many hundreds of dollars in doing so. It is my contribution to railway history.
Your contribution towards this work is welcomed. I am NOT asking for money, only photographs and other material. Stories written by railroaders are likewise most welcome. While Canadian Pacific Railway in southern Ontario is the most featured on this web site it is simply because that is what I know best and have the most resources available for research. All Canadian railways are welcome by Old Time Trains.
Thanks go out to those who have already contributed to this web site, including; Newt Rossiter, Joe Howard, Vern Poirer, and the late Ambrose O'Donnell. Along with Al Paterson, Bob Sandusky, Roger Boisvert, N.Kent Loudon, Brian Switzer, Bud Laws, Alex Simins, Vernon Erle Ikeda, and others who have provided photographs or given permission to re-use photos. If I have forgotten someone, please remind me! I hope you will enjoy reading this web site and I invite you to return often.
If you can provide additional information, or corrections to already published material, I welcome you to do so. If you have anything to contribute, please contact me. R.L.Kennedy C.P.R. (Ret'd).