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CPR Waltham Subdivision

L.B.Chapman Collection

All photographs Al Paterson unless otherwise credited.

Simeon Pilon, the CPR agent at Waltham Quebec. Date on the blackboard is July 24th, 1920. Photographer unknown.
One of the boys behind him is his son Paul who is still alive (birthday March 17, 2013) at age 94!

Only small A class 4-4-0's and D4 class 4-6-0's were permitted to operate over the bridge at mileage 68.68 to reach Waltham at the end of the line. Daily except Sunday passenger service was provided until September 25, 1954

A Mixed freight and passenger service was provided effective with this time table.

Employee Time Table No. 42 September 26, 1954 Bruce Chapman Collection

Note: When diesels replaced steam only the light MLW S-3 660 hp units were permitted into Waltham.

D4 472 with No. 542 arriving and leaving Hull Beemer for Ottawa Union. April 1950

450 backing through Hull Beemer, heading to Ottawa Union for #543, April 1952

Number 543 engine 450 leaving Ottawa Union about 1952.
Mackenzie King Bridge being built in the background over the Rideau Canal.

#543 at Aylmer Quebec 4/28/1954 with the 450.

#543 at Aylmer Quebec with the 419 9/15/1954

#543 leaving Ottawa Union Station with the 424 June 1956 by W. C. Whittaker.

#543 at Breckenridge Quebec with the 489 10/02/1957

#543 at Breckenridge Quebec with the 489 10/01/1957

425 and RS10 8562 leaving the shop track at Ottawa West to head to Ottawa Union for their respective trains;
425 for #643, 8562 for #263 to Brockville Ontario.

Note: These 2 engines were only together twice in my dispatch books,
7/10/1958 and 8/12/1958.

#643 at Aylmer Quebec 9/23/58 with the 417 equipped with combination pilot.

Extra 417 West (normally #95) at Shawville Quebec. Three views 6/22/1959

From the size of the train that black smoke may well have been necessary.

#643 at Campbell's Bay Quebec with the 425 6/22/1959

Extra 417 West (usually #95) at Campbell's Bay Quebec 6/22/1959

Extra 417 West (usually #95) leaving Fort Coulonge Quebec 6/22/1959

417 being coaled at Waltham Quebec 6/22/1959

425 light engine arriving at Ottawa West after arriving at Ottawa Union off #542;
the fireman has thrown the staff onto the platform for the operator to come and
pick up to insert in the staff machine in the station. C.1959



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