Canadian National Railways
Mount Royal Tunnel
Formerly Mount Royal Tunnel and Terminal Company Limited owned by Canadian Northern. Regular operation through the 3.15 mile long double-tracked tunnel began October 21, 1918 giving CNoR access to downtown Montreal to better compete on intercity service with Grand Trunk and Canadian Pacific both of which had terminals downtown. This heavy duty electric operation remains an important commuter service for the Montreal area.
MacKenzie, Mann and Company was the construction contractor for this project. One of Canada's largest railway contractors it too was owned by Canadian Northern principals William Mackenzie and Donald Mann.
Electrification The Electrical News June 15, 1914
AMT 946 leads EXO 945 the last train through Mount Royal Tunnel. May 8, 2020 Abandoned Mont-Royal Station
REM Light Rail will replace these trains on this route when construction is finished in about three years.
Aerial view of Tunnel Terminal (upper left) 1918.
Description of area.
Here is the site today:
CN 186 with commuter train in Montreal 5/1967. A.J.Schill/Joseph
One of nine boxcab 101 ton 1100 hp 2400 Volt D.C. units built by English Electric/Beyer Peacock 1926
6711 (nee CNor) 601 exiting Mount Royal tunnel at Portal Heights. 6/30/1975
6712 leads sister and a long afternoon northbound train. Mount Royal July 1983 Clayton Langstaff
6714_6713 with evening rush hour train nearing end of its run. August 21, 1980
Note the differences in the headlight and illuminated number board
location compared to 6712 above.
6710_6711 pulling VIA 6540 and consist. June 15, 1984.
6723 Mount Royal July 1983 Clayton Langstaff
6724 (ex 185 nee MHCT 109) Last boxcab. Built 1926. Pointe St. Charles October 6, 1991 Pierre Fournier
6725 (ex 200) first center cab and 6727 nearing the end of their suburban run. August 21, 1980
Two views of long commuter train coming and going hauled by a pair of newer GE center cab 1100hp 86-ton locos.
Two photos: Raymond S. Farand
6733 (ex M-4) one of 6 m.u. motors siting all by itself
in Montreal. 88 seats 340 HP CC&F 1952
9186 one of nine boxcab 101 ton 1100 hp 2400 Volt D.C. units built
by English Electric/Beyer Peacock 1926
180_188 Mount Royal 9/24/1964 Doug. E. Cummings
187 Bud Laws Collection 9/1951
201 (200-202) 1100 HP 86-tons GE 30358 7/1950 Re# 6726 3/1969
201 and M-5 side-by-side at Mount Royal 8/31/1957
All electric locomotives were retired in 1995.
6710 acq. 1995. On display Deux-Montagnes 4/1/2003 Pierre Lacombe
6710 relocated (repainted) opposite Grand-Moulin Station 400 Deux-Montagnes
CN 6711 (nee CNoR 601) acq. 6/1995 Inside CRM, Delson. Exporail Saint Constant, QC. 6/30/1975
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