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This website has surpassed 1800 pages!
May 1, 2013 Marked the 13th Anniversary of this
May 1, 2013 Marks the 13th anniversary of this website.
CPR Bruce Division
20th century station gallery Inglewood added a brief memory by Cliff Beagan working the Moonlite. (Scroll to bottom)
CPR London Division
Guelph Junction Gallery part 2. Added photo of 2332 eastbound to Lambton yard.
CPR Toronto Division
Independent Bus Lines of Toronto. Added three old photos of West York and Roseland vehicles. TTC 1726 ex WYCL 510 in a "country road" scene along Scarlett Road in 1954. A trio of WYCL coach and buses on the Dundas & Pacific parking lot and Roseland charter coach in Niagara Falls.
CNR diesel. Started new gallery for newer units starting with SD40 5112.
Added Remote Control Car 4 an ex CP CLC B unit. (scroll to bottom of page)
CNR old diesel
C-Liner added 9301, 9314, 9338, and 9344.
Turbotrain New gallery started.
Ottawa West Added 1226 taking water on a wet day.
Ottawa Added photos of 1417 and 8448.
PGE diesel. Added an unusual unit for Canada. D-1 a F-M switcher bought for parts but found to be good enough to use!
PGE self-propelled New gallery started.
TH&B steam. Long in the Archives section of this website added it here for easy access. A fourth class stationary engineer's license would be required to operate such a boiler under Ontario law. My grandfather held one from when he worked at Viceroy Rubber across from West Toronto depot when laid off by the CPR with a long service pass (20 years) in his wallet.
Ontario See What's New in this Gallery?
Created a second page for addition a number of old black and white prints of mine never before seen.
New gallery started for this TTC operation on the
former Toronto & York Radial, Metropolitan Division.
CPR passenger equipment Added Ash Grove second lightweight sleeping car.
Added ONR M-32 station wagon/ambulance for remote areas.
CPR split up the gallery into two parts separating roundhouses and shops etc. from other facilities adding a very large number of old photos of Victoria, VI. This property has been sold to a developer who will turn it into a grocery store and boutiques! Wonderful!
Part one. Added a zoomable link to a great aerial photo of Montreal in 1947. Thanks to Ray Murphy.
Railway construction during 1910. CPR out west and in Ontario. Kettle Valley. NTR in New Brunswick and Quebec.
April 1, 2013
CPR Its construction and early years.
Added two old magazine articles on the construction of a tunnel in Rogers Pass which was named Connaught Tunnel.
CPR Bruce Division
20th Century station gallery. Inglewood. Restored missing photographs taken over the years.
CPR London Division
Station gallery. Added old 19th century photo of Windsor.
CPR Toronto Division
Added track plan 1910 shwoing old roundhouse, freight sheds, coach yard etc.
Credit Valley 1st paragraph yard, shops and station link changed track plan to 1889 map. Courtesy of Derek Boles.
Added new page (link) for The John Inglis Company 1911 article with advertisments.
Top Yard added 1910 map of newly built yard and station. Courtesy of Derek Boles.
CPR Trenton Division Passenger service. Added a list of some use of steam on 21 and 22 long after diesels were assigned to replace the K1 class 3100's.
CPR Lambton Yard West Toronto shops gallery Changed track plan to 1889 map. Courtesy of Derek Boles.
CPEL added link to old magazine article on proposed LE&N Brantford station.
CPR Predecessors and Subsidiaries.
Added several photos including rare interior views.
This great old street scene shows one of the two new (and one used) cars making up the smallest street railway in the British Empire. Where was it? Dating from an 1899 predecessor it changed over to buses in 1949.
Never heard of this railway? Learn why.
Take a streetcar ride through the streets of Vancouver more than a Century ago! Traffic is on the left side of the road.
I am using this old photograph of the station agent and some kids (one is still alive at 94! Find out who) to introduce a new train gallery because after you see this new gallery you will have enough D4's to last you a long time! Ha! Ha! I mean LOL
CPR West From Souris Manitoba in 1976. A brief look at branchline railroading by two railroaders!
Santa Fe type added 4104 running extra in transfer service. According to the signals displayed (two white flags) but is it Extra "forty one nought four" West or East? Hard to tell because there are markers displayed both on the pilot beam and on the rear of the tender! Not exactly according to the rule book!
CNR US Subsidiaries Added CV 474.
Main gallery page (scroll down below thumbnails) added an old black and white 8 x 10 that shows a short passenger train unidentified (as is the locomotive's number) and undated. I chose this for what it does show. A really short passing track. Not sure it was used for as a meet as it would be limited to an engine and van plus maybe one car! More likely it was used to set off a coach or two for sportsmen to use at French River. This was a charter service available to private groups of passengers. In winter a carman would accompany the car to tend to the coal-fired car heater.
G1 Added 2228 with short passenger train in a nice winter scene way back in 1928.
Ottawa steam Added D4 473 at old wooden coal chutes Ottawa West.
GP9 added 8497 early but undated photo, looks like Alyth. 4028 behind was very first GMD A unit.
Alco S-2 US service. Added photo of 7096 after sold to Amber Milling. New contributor Sam Carlson.
CNR self-propelled. Added 15810 an old Brill gas-mechanical combine used on two mile employee shuttle run at Kamloops.
PGE steam Added three photos including the above interesting scene.
Industrial locomotives Ontario See What's New in This Gallery?
CNR work equipment added old photos of rotary 55348 and flanger 56193 (looking a lot like a caboose but built as flanger) at opposite ends of the railway.
CPR Passenger equipment. Added three old 8 x 10 photos (already in Archives section) given to me many years ago by a fellow railroader (locomotive engineer) here in Toronto the late Charlie Mabee. Plus an interesting old ad (below).
PGE Added old interurban trailer and wooden caboose with old interurban-looking trucks.
Shortlines Manitoba GWWD 315 ancient wooden flanger.
Private freight equipment. Find out who owned these old box cars.
Cornwall added steeplecab electric loco 11.
March 1, 2013
CPR Bruce Division Stations.
Added several old CPR photos on the former Credit
Valley line from the 19th
Century! These photographs were recently located in the CPR
archives by Ralph Beaumont.
Passenger service Added link to old magazine article about ATC system. Scroll down to 2332 closeup.
CPR London Division.
Passenger service. Added old Spanner feature article covering the introduction of Dayliner service using two Budd RDC-1's between Toronto and London. Mentions another service between Montreal and Mont Laurier with a single RDC-1 and another service between North Bay, Mattawa and on a branchline to Angliers using a single RDC-3. Includes old gas cars from years gone by. This was back when CP had a REAL magazine that employees wanted to read. Thanks to John Kanakos for this contribution.
Power gallery (scroll to very bottom) added colour photo of 8737 in CP Rail paint scheme.
CANDO Contracting. Scroll way down to CEMR shortline in Manitoba. Gallery added photo (link) of 5396 repainted.
Newfoundland railways Added AND Co 1 0-4-0T
Spruce Falls Power & Paper Smoky line added railbus 217. New contributor Rahn Stokes.
Toronto Terminals Ry. Added old photo of terminal tracks looking east from Spadina.
Videos Added link to The Wreck of the Old 97 sung by Hank Snow "The Singing Ranger" a guy with the worst hair piece ever! Born in Nova Scotia he made his fame and fortune in Nashville. Great old song about a real incident it was sung by many performers including Vernon Dalhart my favourite version.
CNR steam US Subsidiaries
CV steam Added three more 2-8-0's including 451 with yard service tender and Coffin FWH. Also, 464 and 465.
GTW steam Added 1581 Ten-Wheeler with Young valve gear.
GMD1 added some more units including a pair in both old and new paint schemes handling a Toronto commuter train. There were three of these trains, two from Hamiltom and one from Guelph. Question is, which one is this?
GP9 added several more units in old and new paint schemes.
GP35 New gallery started with 4000. There were only two of these units on the CN roster.
GP40 New gallery started with 4012, 4016 and 4017. The latter two regeared 89 mph for passenger service to Southwestern Ontario.
SW1200RM New gallery started with 7316 for these SW1200RS units remanufactured at PSC shops. After only 18 units the program was ended as not being worth the cost.
N2 class Added 3706 oil fired.
P1n class Added 5261 oil-fired.
V1 class Added another view of 6816 ancient 0-8-0 from the 19th century!
FP7A & B units Added 4058 and 4443 which became 1416 and 1917 for the new passenger train The Canadian. Looks like Alyth diesel shop in the early 1950's. Black and white photography was the most common at the time.
Rail America scroll down to Ottawa Valley. Added RLK1703 formerly Trans-Ontario 4202.
Home to 13 shortlines! More than any other province.
The latest is Long Creek operating over 41 miles of former CPR
between Estevan and Tribune. Big Sky is another recent two-line
operation. Others are:
Great Western has grown to the point where it had to add power to its roster of 5 MLW M420's. Two GE B40-8W 4000 hp ex BNSF units arrived to help out. Here they are with two M420's and a 126 car train! How's that for a shortline? Also, some other photos including an ex CP saddleback caboose all from Ken Mc.Cutcheon
Steam BC Added two more old Canadian Collieries engines 14 and 15.
Added DLCX 24 ex CN SW1200RS leased to Yara, formerly Saskferco. Also, ILSX 908 at Weyburn Inland Terminal and PRMX 6973 nee ONR 1731!
Dealers etc. Created new gallery for CANAC starting with ex CN 8701 one of several MLW yard switchers retired by CN.
CNR Cabooses added 79017 at an unknown location (likely around Toronto) with an unusual track number! Where was it?
CPR Added old magazine article from 1913 about the famous Lethbridge Viaduct under construction.
February 1, 2013
I have been going through old rolls of 35mm black and white negatives from 1959 and my friend and associate David Bridge who helps me with Photoshop restoration of old scans etc. has been doing high resolution scans to replace originals made from small prints on low quality scanners years ago. This has brought out far more detail in most of these old photos and are therefore worth another look. Starting with CPR London and Toronto Divisions.
CPR London Division scroll down to the group of 4 thumbnails showing Quebec Street yard. Also, in stations gallery there are new scans of London station at Richmond Street and the former station at Quebec Street which became the yard office.
CPR Toronto Division North Toronto Sub. North Toronto team tracks replaced general view and added closeup of CBM self-propelled crane unloading gons of sand. Ashbridges Bay (scroll down to subtitle) for links to Keating Yard and the AshBay lead down from the CN Don Yard. Parkdale page scroll down to link to Wharf Lead then scroll way down to B&W photo of Strachan Avenue bridge. Scroll down farther to six large thumbnails of Parkdale Yard and station. Adds lots of detail.
Updated with information on closing of Bunge (formerly CanAmera Foods) big box mall on this former Swift's site in West Toronto and abandonment of CPR spur. Added old photo of Matthews-Blackwell packers at foot of Bathurst Street.
Northern type 4-8-4 Added another old photograph of 6400 shown here on public display and attracting plenty of attention.
added several old colour photos including brand new units starting
with 1583. Also, newer CN paint scheme. Check out 1212 and its array
of handlamps. Extra 1212 may well be an auxiliary train judging
by the OCS flat next to the engine. Note the row of oil handlamps
on the rear deck. They were required to be lit at night so had to
be outside the cab to avoid fumes. Previously these oil lamps were
carried inside the cab however, a reinterpretation of the rule requiring
them to be ready for use meant they had to be lit. Usually one red
and one white were normal practice.
C-424 started with two units. Beginning of Century series of models.
RS-18 added 3689 and 3887 in old colours and 3668 and 3704 in newer CN black.
RS-18 Tempo units added several photos including 3154 with the iconic O'Keefe Centre and a brief history of what was at the time the largest concert hall in North America built by beer money!
GP9 added many units including original numbers and paint scheme, CN style paint and also rebuilt units.
SW9 added 7001.
SW1200 added 7027 and 7030 in old colours and 7023, 7024 and 7029 in different CN paint schemes.
SW8 added 7170.
S-2-S-4 added S-4 8143 at Leaside with a well known automobile. This make was my first car!
FPA-4 and FPB-4 added more than a dozen photos, most around Spadina.
Note: Created a separate group of thumbnails for US subsidiaries on main gallery page. Scroll down a little.
P2 class link Feature magazine article from 1920 detailing construction and all features of the first ten engines of this class.
GO Transit Added photo of CN 600 one of seven out of eight new units leased by CN until startup of GO train service.
Southern of BC Rail Link added photo of JLCX 1256 (ex Eurocan Pulp & Paper) recently repaired in their shop enroute to new owner in USA. Likely never owned by SRY just repaired in their shop as they do contract work for others.
Added Canadian Collieries 17 last engine used when coal mine closed at the end of 1953.
Added four old photos of C&D Sugar plant in Chatham. CNR 7456 switching was likely leased at that time as the next year it was lettered for C & D Sugar. Previously, CPR had leased them an engine for the sugar beet season. 3504 (London M4 class 2-8-0) was given a going over at West Toronto backshop including a full repaint with new white canvas curtains. It sat in Lambton roundhouse unneeded.
Ontario See What's New in this Gallery?
Added old photo of Comox Logging 7 a 2-6-2T&T (tank and tender) a combination unique to some logging railways. Usually this came about when a tank engine changed ownership or line use and additional water was required so a tender was added.
Dealers, leasers etc.
Added United Railway
Supply, a short-lived small locomotive dealer that overhauled
some diesels and leased a few.
Freight equipment added two photos of new pig flat with new CN Cartage Services trailers.
Service equipment added 56483 an old wooden flanger with unusual cupola on the front end waiting to be scrapped.
CPR added M-430 an interesting old 1928 Cadillac waiting restoration. Does anyone know its history? This question is being asked by Geoff Allcock of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskwin, AB. If you know anything or have further photographs contact us.
January 1, 2013
CPR Algoma District
Sudbury Division gallery added 9021 single RDC-3 one of just two cars required for Sudbury-Soo passenger service.
CPR Ontario District
Galt Gallery. Created new gallery featuring the photography of William I. Miller father of William E. Miller and grandfather of William (Bill) Miller well-known railfan. Here is 2816 back when it was just another Twenty Eight Hundred.
service. Added an old newspaper advertisement for the newly
inaugurated Montreal-Havelock-Toronto-London-Chicago train via the
Michigan Central tunnel number 19 (and 20) The Canadian. Added
public time table
1954. The next year these trains gave up their name to
the new stainless steel streamliner that crossed Canada.
Added old photo of 2816 in fast freight service during
World War II. And another in passenger
service on the Havelock Sub.
History of passenger service added the same advertisement (above). Note the very first photograph of 2233 on what may well be this very train. Scroll down to Pool service added link to show train Number 34's last run as conventional train running as Psgr Extra 8567 North account loss of time table authority.
CPR Toronto Division
John Street power. Added old photo of 2816 back when it was just another 2800. Who knew what fame awaited?
CNR added photo and detailed caption of the first train over the newly completed CTC former NTR mainline through New Brunswick. This may be the official "first" train but it is quite possibly not the actual first train which may well have a been a freight train perhaps running at night. It is also quite likely CTC was activated in segments along the line.
CPR Diesel added two colour photos of the Centennial Train on its very first day January 1, 1967.
FP7 and F7B added 4031 and 4424. Note 4028 was the very first road diesel ordered by CPR from GMD A100 9/1950.
CNR Old diesel added a great view from the cab of Fort Langley, BC
Hudson Bay new gallery featuring a trip to Churchill in January, a New Definition for Cold by Phil Mason.
US Roads in Canada
Added link (see caption for Cape Churchill) to diagrams of Cape cars including two modified for use on The Red Wing.
AMT diesel Formerly MUCTC CTCUM Montreal area commuter service agency.
Added 1300 old A unit in AMT paint and 1321 one of the new F59PHI units. (First new power) Both photos same date.
CNR Predcessor roads.
GTR added 1200 Mogul. The 2-6-0 wheel arrangement was very popular with GTR.
CVR 219 and 220 added also 470 in colour action shot.
Eight wheel switchers added Buffalo "Crick" 27 which became CNR 8421 one of six 0-8-0's acquired in 1947.
Santa Fe 2-10-2 type added 4103 one of the massive transfer engines used in the Toronto Terminal.
4-8-4 type 6124 being lifted and moved by the main crane inside
GE 44-ton added 7551 later renumbered 2.
GMD-1 added another photo of 1000 15 years later and 22 years old in newer CN paint scheme.
SW8 new page added starting with 7155 part of first order of 22 units beginning with the first GMD diesel built for CNR
RS-11 new page added for US subsidiary units starting with DW&P 3602 and CV 3614 both in modern paint schemes.
G3 class 2300's added an old CPR photo of 2326 on passenger ready to leave Windsor Station likely bound for Toronto.
E&N Railfreight Added some before and after photos of GP38's used before being shortlined to Rail America.
These two ancient Plymouth's sit out the winter at NHB in Churchill. They are still there!
CNR Added interesting old photo of what looks to be a wooden box car being heavily rebuilt or possibly newly built.
Work service equipment. Added 67800 an old wooden box car modified for unknown use.
Vans. Added E & N 1700 (scroll way down).
Service equipment. Added two unusual old wooden cars at Nelson, BC.
CNR Added 6124 being lifted and moved by the main crane inside Stratford backshops. (Same view as in Locomotives).
Interurban and electric
Mount Royal Tunnel added link to old magazine article dealing with the air plant used during construction.