Canadian Pacific Railway
Canada East Region
CPR's Hamilton Subdivision originally consisted primarily of a Joint Section (GTR/CPR) connecting Toronto with Hamilton to provide through freight and passenger service between those two points as well as through connections beyond Welland into the United States where connections were made in Buffalo, New York to destinations all over including New York City.
This was accomplished through joint ownership of the Toronto,
Hamilton and Buffalo with control being held by New York Central's Michigan
Central. This situation prevailed for many decades beginning in 1897.
It all changed with the creation of Penn Central February 1, 1968 which
soon went bankrupt resulting in Con Rail being created April 1, 1976.
Further changes occured with the termination of the Joint Section between Toronto and Hamilton due to increased costs for CPR as well as higher volume of GO Transit commuter trains. Declining freight traffic also factored in. CPR freight trains were all rerouted between Toronto and Hamilton via the Galt and Goderich Subs. Note: At a later date GO took ownership of most of the CN Oakville Sub. (Bathurst St. Mile 1.1 to Burlington 31.94). CN retained running rights for local freight movements.
The Goderich Sub. between Guelph Junction and Desjardins
was renamed as Hamilton Sub. as was the former TH&B to Welland and
the New York Central onward to Fort Erie the latter acquired from the
50/50 CN/CP ownership of Conrail's former Michigan Central between Windsor
and Fort Erie. Access to the USA is now via CN Stamford Sub. via Robbins,
CPR Hamilton Subdivision
CN Stamford Sub.
Note: Robbins to Black Rock used by CP to/from CSX's former NYC Frontier Yard, Buffalo.
CP train 255 is on the move through Buffalo, New York
led by 5012 passing by the long-abandoned and derelict massive former
NYC Buffalo Central Terminal on CSX's Belt Line. CP 255 runs from interchange
with Norfolk Southern in Buffalo, NY.to CP's yard in London, ON, crossing
from the US to Canada over the CN-owned International Bridge in Black
More history of earlier years including crews, motive
power etc. includes Buffalo.
See also TH&B Photograph Galleries for five different catagories.
2270_3042 and 3057 are pushing "up Waterford"
on rear of 247 daily manifast from
THB 77_403_73 eastbound approaching the tunnel. Ray
Work is well underway. 5673 eastbound before the tunnel. A.W.Mooney 4/11/1995
In 1995 considerable reconstruction occurred along the former TH&B (now CP) line from the High Level Bridge into Hunter Street GO (ex TH&B) station as the line was being upgraded for GO Transit. The station underwent a major facelift. The trackbed was lowered thru the half mile long Hunter Street tunnel as well as the Main St overpass in order to accommodate comfortable clearance the GO Bi-levels. The behind schedule and overbudget project took most all of 1995. Here is an image taken in the downtown just west of the tunnel entrance, with CP 5673, 5523 and CR 5625 (new SD60 out of GMD) slowly making it's way toward the US.
Single track segment. Looking west towards Locke Street
Mile 58.3 Begin/End double track. Switch at 58.4 (left in the distance) leads to/from Aberdeen Yard.
Note: Telephoto view makes length of tunnel appear short.
GO Hamilton Centre
Formerly TH&B Hunter Street Station
36 Hunter Street East.
Streamline Moderne version of Art Deco architecture.
Aerial view showing two trains at Platforms 1 and 2.
James Street South underpass out of view to right.
Platform level view.
Showing a portion of the 17 sheltered bus bays. New addition to railway station.
Note: Platform 11 for Greyhound Canada.
HSR 8806 at Platform 17. One of several Hamilton Street Railway local bus routes here.
Interior view part of hall area.
All part of a massive restoration and expansion of this
historically significant station.
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