Nos. 188 and 186, two ~Bo electric
secured from National ~~in 1942.
104 apprdaches Por~al Heights ~ a~ing train of
Centra Station ..
THE 1966 FALL FOLIAGE
trip, on October 1st and 2nd,
was a repeat of our 1965 ex
cursion between Montreal and
Portland, Me. As usual, CN
No. 6218 officiated at the head
end, and a seven-car consist
made a manageable train for
photographic purposes, though
a substantial deficit incurred
has made future two-day trips
The pictures on these pages,
recapturing random impres s
ions of an enjoyable excursion,
were made by Charles DeJean,
an active junior member of
The upper photo on this page
was taken October 1 st on the
southward trip and shows No.
6218 at speed at a runpastj the
other photo, taken at Portland
on the morning of October 2nd,
shows GT units 4449 and 4445,
which hauled our train back to
Island Pond while 6218 did the
honours for the 470 Railroad
Club of Portland.
Opposite, the upper picture is
of the whole train at Richmond
on the return tripj the lower
shows South Paris GT station.
–Page 234 —
Company of Britain in 1924.
In 1945, a new line was built from Vertu Station to Pointe-aux-Trembles in
order to allow trains from Quebec city and the northeast to enter Central Station.
Catenary was strung from Vertu for some six miles to Ste. Gertrude and comm
uter service was inaugurated on that line. The following year, 194~, brought the
only serious accident on the Mount Royal Tunnellinej on January 12th, two die
sel-powered trains collided in the tunnel causing considerable loss of life among
the crews of the trains. As a consequence, service was disrupted for almost two
In 1949, the two original m.u. cars were scrapped and replaced ill the follow
ing year by three General Electric center cab electric locomotives. In 1952,
eighteen steel multiple unit cars (six motors and twelve trailers) were order>ed
from Canadian Car &: Foundry Company and delivered the same year.
Meanwhile, traffic on the line continues to increase: from 21,000 passengers
in 1961 to the present figure of 40,000. It is expected to continue rising to reach
an expected level of 50,000 by 1968. It is envisaged that the present railway
service will be unable to cope with the growing passenger demand by 1967, and
the logical solution would seem to be to convert the line to rapid transit oper
ation, which would effectively more than treble the present load, to perhaps
132,000 passengers per day. The estimated cost of such a project is about $40
million, keeping in mind a substantial saving which might be realized if the
present Expo Express cars, (described in Canadian Rail #177) are acquired
for this service at the termination of the worlds fair.
Recently, however, Canadian National withdrew its offer to cooperate in the
conversion of the tunnel to rapid transit due to the possibility of increased use
of the tunnel by regular trains, plus complications arising from running rapid
transit equipment through Central Station. The present equipment, however,
is becoming old and inadequate and will have to be replaced, to some degree, in
the comparatively near future. The author strongly recomrnends, therefore, that
interested enthusiasts visit the line as soon as possible.
Power is supplied by 2400-volt overhead catenary.
On weekdays, some twenty trains are operated to Deux Montagnes, and an
other eighteen terminate at Cartierville. The Montreal Nord line has only two
trains daily, eqch operated during rush hour periods. The m.u. cars are gener
ally used in all suburban traffic, the electric locomotives being utilized only
during peak travel periods. When out of service, locomotives are stored either
at Pointe St. Charles passenger yard or in Central Station itself.
With the exception of the original multiple unit cars, most of the equipment
mentioned above is still in service on the Mount Royal Tunnel line. Also on the
roster are D-l and 15708, two former diesel-electric railcars now being used
in tower car service.
RIGHT: These steeple cab General Electric units were the latest
to be built for the tunnel operation, in 1950. Trains up to
thirteen cars in length, as in this illustration, necessitate
double-headed electric locomotives.
R A I L
CANADIAN NA TIONAL MOUNT ROYAL TUNNEL ELECTRIFICA TION
R 0 s t e r
Numbers Builder Date Description Note
100-105 Can. Gen. Elec. 1915
ISO-ISS English Electric 1924
200-202 Can. Gen. Elec. 1950
M-l -M-6 Can.Car & Fdy. 1952
II II II
15903-15904 CN Pt.St.Charlesl925
Box-cab electric locomotive.
Steel multiple-unit motor car
II II II
Wood multiple-unit car.
Notes 1. Originally Canadian Northern Nos. 600-605, later CN 9100-9105.
2. Originally National Harbours Board Nos. 100-108, later CN 9180-
9188. No. 184 currently in dead storage at Pointe St. Charles.
3. Originally CN #15834j converted to D-l in 1951.
4. Originally CN battery car #15794j rebuilt to #15708 in 1947.
5. Scrapped in 1949.
SCHEMAI..!~ DIAGRAM OF ROUTES
MONTREAL (Central Sta.)
LEFT: Conceived originally by CN as an alternative to the purchase of RDC
cars, D-l is now the last operating non-RDC diesel-electric self-propelled
car on Canadian National, shown here with tower car 1570S.
Some events of 1909, as culled from
the pages of Canadian Railway &
Marine World by
-Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway -Cochrane, Onto A monorail line
is in operation for the conveyance of supplies from the Abitibi River to the
Junction. A single rail is laid on ties placed four· feet apart. A car about 10
long, supported by two wheels on one side, is used to convey the material –a
horse at the side supplying the supporting as well as the motive power.
The first Canadian electric locomotive was completed in January 1896 by the
Canadian General Electric Company for the Hull Electric Company. The Shaw
inigan Falls Terminal Railway is awaiting delivery of an electric locomotive
from C.G.E., the Railways second electric loco.
-The Canadian Pacific Railway received the following new equipment from its
Angus Shops: 408 box cars, 4 snowplows, 1 pile driver, 2 Pacific type loco
motives; and from its Farnham, Que .. shops -16 vans.
-The Crossen Car Manufacturing Company, Cobourg, Ont., has shipped 2 snow
plows to the Canadian Northern Railway. Rhodes, Curry & Co .. Amherst, NS
supplied them with 6 first-class coaches.
-The Ottawa Electric Railway and the Halifax Electric Tramway Company have
ordered cars constructed on the pay-as-you-enter plan from the Ottawa
-The Edmonton City Council will petition the Provincial Legislature to amend
the Act recently passed forbidding the operation of street cars on Sundays.
-Advertisement: The Eastern shore of Nova Scotia, from Yarmouth to Hali-
fax, is served by the Halifax & South Western Railway. On the barrens are
some of the best places for big moose in the East. For information, apply &c.
-Advertisement: Delaware & Hudson Rail and Steamer Lines. Trains leave
Montreal 8:45,10:55 am and 7:40 pm. Steamers through Lake Champlain and
Lake George connect with trains to Albany, thence New York.
-Board of Railway Commissioners Orders:
-Permitting Windsor, Essex & Lake Shore Rapid Railway to operate a mixed
train service using trailers on the rear end for passengers.
-Dismissed complaint regarding excessive whistling of CPR engines at
-Authorizing CPR to open for traffic portion of its Mountain section known
as the Rogers Pass Division in B.C.
-Authorizing Le Chernin de Fer de la Colonization du Nord to construct its
railway across highways between Nominingue, Que., and a point 10 miles
–Pa.ge 239 —
-Authorizing British Yukon Railway to operate its trains and engines over
bridge at Caribou, Yukon.
-Dismissed application of City of Winnipeg for authority to connect city tram
way running from Lac du Bonnet to Point du Bois with CPR branch.
-Authorizing CPR to take certain lands in connection with its Windsor Street
yards and station facilities at Montreal.
-Authorizing Canadian Northern Ontario Railway to lo_cate line from Queen
Street, Toronto, to Rosedale station, with extension to Cherry Street yard.
-The Canadian Pacific Railway is looking into the question of the use of creo
sote for treating ties.
-The Intercolonial Railway employees at the Moncton, NB shops have demande
the continuance of the present short time day, viz. 8 hours, but with pay for
the full day of ten hours.
-National Transcontinental Railway: Tenders are called for March 19 for con
struction and erection of shops a short distance east of Winnipeg.
-The Grand Trunk Railway has conducted a years trial of the telephone as a
means of dispatching trains, and has proven its practicability over railway
-Three men were arrested on Queen Street, Toronto, for having stolen an auto
mobile from the residence of D.D. Mann, vice-president, Canadian Northern
Railway. The arrest came within one hour.
R. Whitehead, who died at Smiths Falls recently, is said to have been the firs
locomotive engineer on Grand Trunk Railway construction in 1854.
-William and Mrs. Mackenzie (president, Canadian Northern Railway) and
party visited Mexico City recently travelling in Mr. Mackenzies private
car A TIKOKAN.
-Press reports state that a scheme is under consideration to inaugurate a
company to operate a line of airships between Ottawa and Montreal.
-The GTR is using steam locomotives which were in use in the St. Clair Tum
prior to recent electrification for switching purposes.
-The formal opening of the Grand Trunk Railways new Stratford Shops took
place on February 18th.
-Steam railway track laid in 1908: 1505.95 miles versus 1469.65 in 1907.
The 1908 mileage included 24 miles for the Winnipeg City Power Plant line
Lac du Bonnet to Point du Bois.
-From 1902-1 to carelessness or recklessness on the part of the victims. (Racing a tra
with horses wasnt any mozre successful then, than doing it with cars is in
The following misprints and error appeared in Power ln #181:
1) GO 601 and 602 carry bullders numbers A-2126 and A-2127,
not A-2166 and A-2167.
2) CN 9328 was bullt ih the year 1953, not the year 195.
3) GO unlts will be returned to GMDL in the Sprlng to have an
electrlc generator, not a stearn generator, installed.
Purchases: up to December 21, 1966.
The followlng numbers and classes have been asslgned to the
C-424s ••••• 3222 to 3240 ••••• MR-24c
c-630s ••••• 2000 to 2001 ••••• MR-30a
GP-40s ••••• 4012 to 4017 ••••• GR-30b
SD-40s ••••• 5000 to 5007 ••••• GR-30b
GP-40s and SD-40s have the same sub-class slnce they are
ln the same GMDL order. As before, no speclflc new unlt is bullt
from the trade-ins, but rather the sum of the credits allowed on
each unit ls credlted to the cost of the entlre order.
Retirements: up to December 21, 1.966.
ROAD RETIRED BUILT BUILDER BUILDERS NOTES
3001 Nov. 18, 1966 Nov. 4,
3036 Nov. 25, 1966 Oct. 1.4, 195 MLW 81031 £
3075 Nov. 25, 1966 Nov. 6, 1956 MLW 81568 £
3076 Dec. 9, 1966 Nov. 12, 1956
MLW 81583 £
30S0 Nov. 29, 1966 Nov. 26,
MLW 81587 £
61 Nov. 14, 1966 Nov. 28, 19 7 mmllD
9 17 Nov. 25, 1966 Apr. 2, 1951 MLW 77704 £
9429 Nov. 18, 1966 Feb. 6, 1953
MLW 77722 £
-unlts so marked were traded-in to MLW for DL-640As.
@ -sold to Domtar Ltd. at Lac Quevillon, Quebec, on November 7.
The followlng locomotlves are presently;store.d- un~er,hceeible,
and will be retlred as soon as posslble iext year: 161·1,1612,
1618, 1638, 1659, 2205, 2212, 9300, 9316, 9338.
Rentals: up to December 21, 1966.
23, 1966 23115
131 a Nov. 8, 1966 23911 RS-3
9, 1966 23912 RS-3 $D-9R 133 Nov. 23, 1966 23913 RS-3
139 Nov. 8, 1966
Nov. 8, 1966
RS-3 SD-9R 145 Nov. 8, 1966 23925 RS-3
149 Nov. 23, 1966
RS-3 SD-9R 154 Nov. 9, 1966 23934 RS-3
161 Nov. 23, 1966 25261
SD-9 163 Nov. 23, 1966 25263 RS-4 SD-9 169 b Nov. 9, 1966
171 Nov. 9, 1966 25271
as SD-9 in #174, which is incorrect.
as built 1958 in #174, which is incorrect.
up to Decp-mber 21, 1966.
The following GO
603 604 605 606 607
units have been delivered from GMDL:
A-2130 A-2131 A-2132 November 8,
November 8, 1966 November 25,
November 30, 1966
Unit 600, yet to be outshopped,
~lill be complete with genera
tor, and will be used as a demonstrator.
These units carry rail
way class GRE-30a, the E signifying
the electric generator.
up to December 4, 1966.
ROAD NUMBER BUILDERS NUMBER
5521 A-2154 November 25, 1966 5522 A-2155 November 25, 1966 5523 A-2156 November 25, 1966 5524 A-2157 December
5525 A-2158 December
up to December 4, 1966.
Unit second 4016 carries the builders plate of its frame, i.e.
4014. Builders number is 77309, and date is August, 1950.
SPRUCE FALLS POWER AND PAPER
Purchases: up to December 22, 1966.
SFP and P has placed an order for one 1000 horsepower switcher
with ~lLVJ. It is to be built to Spec1flcatlon DL-411 and will be
delivered in July, 1967.
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ABOVE: Canadian National Budd RDC-3 D356 and an RDC-2 standing at Calder
diesel shop in Edmonton on Saturday. April 30th. 1966. prior to departure
to Edmonton station to form the evening train to Calgary and Drumheller j
the two cars separating at Camrose. some fifty miles south of Edmonton.
RIGHT: A sturdy member of a vanishing breed is this octagonal water tower
photographed on the same day as the photograph above. at Northern
Alberta Railways I Dunvegan Yards at Edmonton.
Both photos by P. Kohl. Seattle (submitted by E.W. Johnson)
REARGUARD VIEW Doug Wright –Montrsal Star
What are the chances of saving future generations from radioactive fallout in a society
which cant even protect a railroad crossing till umpteen people are killed there?.
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