Canadian Pacific Railway
London Division Passenger Service
Brand new GMD FP9A 1405 (A589 2/1954) first of 11 units (1405-1415) with F9B (1903?) one of 8 units 1900-1907 geared for 89 mph still being delivered and part of the pool of power later used on The Canadian.
Alco PA-1's might have been used to power Toronto-Windsor passenger trains:
First CPR train to leave London May 30, 1887 headed
by woodburning 4-4-0 192.
Poster for Palace sleeping car service between
Newspaper advertisement for May 31, 1914
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Note: Photos that were once here have been moved below to numerical order.
2816_2856 No. 21 Chicago Express westbound Galt June 1948.
Note: Doubleheaded 2800's was a rare thing. Reasons for
this inlude the train being too big for one engine plus assist
G1p 2200 stopped at Tilbury. Looks like the fireman is taking a
Another 2200 G1s 2219 stopped at Tilbury. One of just three 2200's
retrofitted with mechanical stoker.
No. 632 engine 2238 at Galt. June 21,1944 UCRS Collection
2332 stopped at Woodstock with a short train. c.1940's Ken MacDonald/Joseph Testagrose Collection
First 21 Eng 2400 Chicago Express with 12
cars through Campbellville at 8.55 a.m. Sat. May 21, 1955
Number 21 Chicago Express 1408-1402 with 12 cars Campbellville at 9.15 a.m. Sunday, May 15,1955.
Above, three photographs: W.H.N.Rossiter
G2s 2582 stopped at Tilbury in winter. L.B.Chapman
2816 when it was just another 2800. Taking water at Galt while
engineer oils around.
2816 taking water at Chatham while the engineer checks around.
Engines 2818 and 2856 Number 21 Chicago Express
westbound Galt June 1948.
Passenger Extra 2855 East crossing the Nith River at Ayr. Possibly a troop train. May 25,1940 Bud Laws Collection
2856 eastbound at Galt working headend traffic and not bothering
to take water. Stack shroud dates c.1940's.
2856 westbound arriving at Galt. This is likely No. 21. c.1940's Bud Laws Collection
Another view of 2856 westbound this time at Ayr. Likely No. 21. c.1940's Bud Laws Collection
2857 westbound at London. Station is to the right out of view.
Richmond Street to the left.
2857 eastbound (likely No. 38) at Galt. Engineer oiling around. Fireman not bothering to take water. Much downgrade running plus the large tender lessens the need to take water. Note the 305x series lightweight baggage-buffet-coach one of only four such cars. Dirty condition of engine, lack of white tyres and other paint trim points to War Time shortage of labour. c.1940's Bud Laws Collection.
No. 630 engine 2857 eastbound at Galt with heavy consist from Friday's
629 normally two RDC's on week days.
Jubilee 2926 westbound at West Toronto. Note the engineer climbing down, likely to confer with the conductor to read orders and compare watches. 1940's Bud Laws Collection
London Division passenger service between Toronto
and Windsor/Detroit provided a vital link in the Montreal - Chicago
international service. It was a competitive market shared by Canadian
National and over the years various improvements were made by both
railways to boost its public image and gain more revenue. A major
advance by the CPR was the introduction in three markets of modern
lightweight streamlined passenger equipment and new steam locomotives
of a new wheel arrangement, 4-4-4 and named Jubilee in honour
of the 50th anniversary (June 1936) of CPR passenger train service.
2103 one of the first order (2100-2107) short coaches
built by National Steel Car and oufitted by Angus Shops.
Buffet-Parlor 6630 Two photos Canadian Pacific Railway
Interior of 6630 with 22 chairs.
After World War II a new service was introduced, an early morning London to Toronto Daily except Sunday businessmen's train that returned in the early afternoon. It became un-officially known as "The Bullet" and was assigned the famous 4-4-4 Jubilee 3000 F2 class engines that raced at speeds up to 112 1/2 mph! When RDC's came along they were "only" capable of 90 mph yet, their rapid acceleration and deceleration allowed an even faster schedule, effective Monday, November 9, 1953. These Dayliner trains were extended to Windsor and Detroit effective Monday, November 30th. Flyer time table.
3000 stopped in a perfect rods down pose westbound
at West Toronto. c.1940's
3000 putting on a show at West Toronto depot having arrived from
The Bullet, #629 with Jubilee 3000 ready to leave
West Toronto Depot on Thursday April 9, 1953.
Unidentified 3000 class races across the Humber River bridge
just west of Lambton Yard.
"The Bullet" No. 629 is "conventional" this Friday in 1954 with two RDC's in consist. Tailend two coaches will likely come off at London while the other coach (and buffer) may come off in Windsor. RDC's will go through to Detroit. Erindale 1954.
3002 marshalling its train in London before leaving for Toronto. (see below) Bud Laws collection
The photo is of the head end for #630, Saturday only consist London
to Toronto seen at Waterloo Street and Pall Mall in London. It will
couple on to an RDC and lightweight coach. It may be waiting here
for a switcher to arrive from
One of the strangest consists you'll ever see! F1a
3002 a streamlined 4-4-4 taking water, ancient steel underframe
(S.U.F.) headend car is only an empty buffer (required by BTC Order)
between engine and passenger cars, a single near-new RDC and a single
lightweight coach make up this light traffic Saturday run stopping
only at Woodstock, and shown here
F1a 3002 taking water at Galt. 10_04_1947 Max Miller/Bud Laws collection
Article about coming introduction of Dayliner service. Spanner November 1953
Article about display train of brand new Dayliners. Spanner December 1953
Public Time Tables
first Dayliner service effective November 9, 1953
9051-9050 1/630 (First Six Thirty) Campbellville, Monday, May 24,1954. W.H.N.Rossiter
"The Bullet" Dayliner leaving Woodstock on July 26, 1957 John Kelley
For a period of time the famed E8 units were assigned to #38 and
#37 until Canada Customs ruled their brief time in Detroit
Single E8 unit 1801 eastbound with No.38.
4095 MLW FPA-2 leads an RS-10 on westbound Number 21 Chicago
Express about to cross Adelaide Street at the
Tailend of eastbound Number 38 sitting at Galt. Notice the CPEL
overhead wires at left.
Number 21 engines 8468-8474 Chicago Express westbound from Toronto to Windsor is being switched at London.
The train has been broken behind the baggage cars; part of a regular
movement to remove a car or two from the consist. These can be seen
set out on a stub end siding that was installed for the purpose.
The train is being re-assembled.
8482 another RS-10 likely Number 38 possibly making a switch on
21 to get more equipment.
Proof that "Alco's" don't have to be all that smokey. MLW-built RS-10's 8570 and 8470 lifting #21 westbound out of Woodstock on April 28, 1957. Robert J. Sandusky
Note: Trains 21 and 22 became 339
and 340 on the London Division effective
April 26, 1964 utilizing RDC equipment from the famous Bullet
which was discontinued at that time leaving only two trains daily
compared to four earlier.
9051-9050-9052 on Number 359, May 15,1958 Walter
No. 38 engine 9112
stopped at West Toronto Depot (due 2:15 p.m.)
There were likely plenty of empty seats on this Saturday run. A large consist led by RDC-3 9021 that the day before was on No. 359 a.k.a. the Bullet with typical heavy Friday traffic. Bill Thomson
A pair of RS-10's lead a mixed consist of lightweight and heavyweight cars including a modern stainless steel car and a parlor car with meal service on rear. Express reefer on tail-end will likely be set-off at a point without a yard engine. Bill Thomson
The above two trains (if on time) passed by here within about an hour of each other and would meet at Guelph Junction.
It all came to an end with the last day of CPR London
Division passenger service on July 3,1971.
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