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Canadian Rail 371 1982

Canadian Rail ~
No.371
DECEMBER 1982

Published monthly by the Canadian
Railroad Historical Association
P.O. Box 148 St. Constant P.Q.
JOL lXO
EDITOR: Fred F. Angus
CO-EDITOR: M. Peter Murphy
OFFICIAL CARTOGRAPHER: William A.
Germaniuk
LAYOUT: Michel Paulet
FRONT COVER:
TWENTY YEARS AGO, December 3 1962 to
be ~xact, Ottawa street car No.6
(ex-66) had just arrived from the
nations capital and was being
unloaded at the creosoting yard
adjacent to the site of the Canadian
Railway
Museum at Delson.
Photo by Fred Angus.
INSIDE FRONT COVER:
AN ERA ENDED early on the morning of
October 1 1982 when C.P. Rails
commuter train service out of Montreal
was turned over to the urban
communi ty transi t commission (CTCUM).
The last train left Windsor station
at 11: 55 P .14. on September 30, and
ceased to be a C.P. train ~hile
running between there and Westmount.
This
photo was taken at Westmount at
4 minutes after midnight, just after
the change. Note the white flags
denoting that it is now an extra.
Photo by Fred ftngus.
ISSN 0008 -4875
CALGARY & SOOTH WESTERN DIVISION
60-6100 4th Ave. NE
Calgary, Al berta T2A 5Z8
OTTAWA
BYTOWN RAILWAY SOCIETY
P.O. Box 141, Station A Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 8Vl
NEW BRUNSWICK DIVISION
P.O. Box 1162
Saint John,
New Brunswick E2L 4G7
CROWSNEST AND KETTLE-VALLEY DIVISION
P.O. Box 400
Cranbrook, British Columbia
V1C 4H9
PACIFIC COAST DIVISION
P.O. Box 1006, Station A, Vancouver
British Columbia V6C 2Pl
ROCKY MOUHTAIH DIVISION
P.O. Box 6102, Station C, Edmonton
Alberta T5B 2NO
WINDSOR-ESSEX DIVISION
300 Cabana Road East, Windsor
Ontario N9G lA2
TORONTO & YORK DIVISION
P.O. Box 5849, Terminal A, Toronto
Ontario M5W lP3
r~IAGARA DI VISION
P.O. Box 593
St. Ca thari nes, Ontario
L2R 6W8
ST. LAWRENCE VALLEY DIVISION
P.O. Box 99 .
Ste.
Doroth~e, Quebec H7X 2T4
The Canadian
Railway Museum
twenty years ago
As a continuation to th~ article on the fiftieth anniversary of
the Association, we present a flash-back to the early construction days
of the Canadian Railway Museum at Delson Que. The Musewn is, of course,
the largest project undertaken by the C.R.H.A. during its first fifty
years, and a look at its construction is a good way to end our coverag~
of the C.R.H.A.s golden anniversary.
Work on the Museum began in 1961, but the year which showed the
greatest change was 1962, just two decades ago. On January 1 1962 the
footings of the first building were in, a fence was partly built, but
most of the property wa~ still vacant land. By Dpp.mber 31 the front
half of the building wa5 complete, a hridge spanned the river,. much
track had been. laid, and several pieces of equipment were on the prop­
erty, some of it under cover. In short the whole proj ect was starting
to look like a railway museum.
These
photos show some of the happenings of that year, and lye
hope they will bring back a few memories to those that were there. All
were taken by Fred Angus, and all were taken in 1962.
IN THE EARLY SPRING OF 1962 the skeleton of the front half of the first
building rises behind the newly built steel fence.
CANADIAN R A I L
THE FIRST BRIDGE across the St. Pierre river was built by the
Canadian Army, and co~pleted on May 5 1962. While this bridge
was later demolished, its successor was also built by the army,
and
was also named after Sir Casimir Gzowski the great Canadian
engineer of the nineteenth century.
A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS unloading a flat car on the Candiac spur
on May 12 1962. The load is the aluminum sheathing which was soon
to be placed on building No.1.
THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL EXHIBIT acquired by the C.R.H.A. was the
tank engine Waddon from British Railways. This engine, buil t in
1875, was in service 87 years. Here it is being presented to Donald
Angus
of the C.R.H.A. at a ceremony at Brighton England on June 4
1962. The
engine, restored to its 1875 liver~ came to Canada in 1963.
THE FIRST ALUMINUM SHEATHING goes up on building 1 on June 21 1962.
CANADIAN
360
R A I L
TWO VIEWS OF THE C.P.R. TRACK GANG building the siding into the museum
property on July 10 1962. Note that the building is now sheathed.
CANADIAN
361 R A I L
Q.N.S. & L. No. 1112 BEING UNLOADED at Montreal on August 17 1962. Four
days
later it would be the first piece of equipment on the property.
CANADIAN 362 R A I L
THE FIRST PIECE OF EQUIPMENT ON THE PROPERTY was Q. N. S. & L. No. 1112
here seen coming through the gate for the first time on August 21 1962.
RESTORATION WORK BEGAN even before the equipment was moved to the museum
si te. In the creosoting yard on August 20 1962 Mari time Railway No. 5
was cleaned and painted. Here we see Peter Murphy spraying the tender
while Donald Angus, Robert Half yard and Bruce Millar look on.
THE FIRST SPIKE of the volunteer-laid track is driven by Omer Lavallee
on September 15 1962 as the extension beyond the C.P.R.-laid section
begins.
CANADIAN 384 R A I L
A NEW ERA IN CONSTRUCTION AT THE MUSEUM began with the arrival of
Wya tt Webb who soon gave a professional touch to the volunteer
tracklaying. One of the first of many consultations of how to pro­
ceed is depicted here on November 11 1962 when Stephen Cheasley,
Michel Bellehumeur and Peter Murphy listen to how it is done. The
track, albeit unballasted, now extends into the building.
BY NOVEMBER 24 1962 the new track was in good enough condition to
allow equipment to be moved over it. No. 1112 made history for the
second time when it became the firs t pi ece to mOVe into the building.
CANADIAN
365
R A I L
BEFORE tHE MUSEUM HAD ANY OPERATING MOTIVE POWER equipment was often moved
by hand. Old Sydney Collieries No. 25 is moved, partly by hand and partly
by winch, on November 24 1962.
FORMER OTTAWA MAIL CAR 423 being moved through the gate on December 1
1962. Once the momentum was es tablished it was fairly easy to moVe a
street car due to the inertia of the rotating armatures which acted as
a flywheel to help it over the hard spots.
A WEEK LATER ANOTHER STREET CAR WAS MOVED by hand about half a mi le to
the Museum. This time it is Ottawa car 6 (formerlY 66) built in 1897.
In the background is the body of Saint John car No. 82 just arrived by
flat car this December 8 1962.
CANADIAN
367 R A I L
AS WINTER CLOSED IN there was a race to get as much equipment as possibLe
under cover. There was no time to build switches, so as a track was filled
the outside track was moved bodily over to allow construction into the
adjacent bay. These two views show the track being jacked oVer on a Sunday
afternoon, December 2 1962.
BY THE TIME THE SECOND BAY WAS READY the snoW had come, but w.ork went on.
On December 29 1962, newly-repainted Maritime No.5 is shoveled off before
being placed inside.
QUEBEC INTERURBAN CAR 401 is covered with Snow in this view taken on
December 29 1962. Within an hour, however, the car had been shovelled
off and placed inside.
CANADIAN
369
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ONLY HALF AN INCH TO SPARE as Q. R. L. & P. car 401 is moved into the
building on December 29 1962. Two days more and this eventful year came
to an end, but by then the Museum was really beginning to look like what
it was intended to be, a far cry from a year before. The Museum of today
still shows strongly the influences of the things that began in 1962.
MANITOBA 2
During the last year Canadian Rail has printed photos of railway
activities in Ontario, Quebec, the Eastern provinces, British Columbia
and
Alberta. Conspicuous by its absence has been the Prarie provinces,
simply because we did not have any good recent photos. It is, therefore,
a great pleasure to have received nine very fine photos from our member
Lawrence A. Stuckey in Brandon Manitoba. These will complete our cross­
Canada coverage of railway doings and show what was happening in the
center of the country during this year 1982. All photos are· taken by
Mr. Stuckey.
OfFICIAL PUBLIC OPENING OF W.C. VAN HORNES private car at the
Portage la Prairie -Fort La Reine Museum. This car, formerly
C.P.R. business car 10, had been used as a hunting lodge in the
Delta Marsh for many years and was still in good condition.
C.P. supplied a set of period trucks for the restoration.
The photos were taken on July 3 1982.
CANADIAN
371 R A I L
THE LATEST OF A LONG HISTORIC LINE OF ROYAL TRAINS was operated
between Winnipeg ap.d Brandon on July 15 1982 when Princess Anne
visited Brandon during that citys centennial celebrations, The
train consisted of C.P. locomotives 8528 and 8517 with cars
Strathcona, Killarney, VIA diner 103, and the two Government of
Canada official cars. The two photos show the train returning
to the station after being turned on the Y in the yard,
C.P. Rail 8200, formerly 8615 is the first of the earlier GP-9
chop nose rebuilds to be renumbered in the new seri es. It
showed up in Brandon for branch line runs on July 24 1982.
SCALE TEST CAR 420931 was built on the frame of a scrapped switch engine
at West Winnipeg shops in April 1982. Curiously it has one Canfor and
one Dofasco
truck. Apparantly it was doing comparison tests when photo~
graphed here at Brandon as regular car 420925 was travelling with it.
TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENNIAL of the city of Brandon C.P. Rail
donated engine 6513 and caboose to be placed on a pedesta1,on
rails rolled in 1884, in a park on First Street North.
CANADIAN
374 R A I L
SPERRY CAR 130 showed up in Portage Ia Prairie on June 5 in a neW paint
job. Two other Sperry cars, 123 and 401, have been seen on C.P. at
Brandon this summer, indicating extensive rail testing in the region.
CANADIAN 375 R A I L
EXTRA WEST C.N. 9172 -4315 -1051 -1052 at Brandon on May 21 1982,
Soon after rebuilding in 1972. C.N. 9150 to 9155 Were sent to Syming­
ton to work northern passenger trains to Churchill and Thompson,
Engines 9156
to 9179 and B units 9190 to 9199, rebuilt 1972 -1974,
worked
east of Edmonton. During the past year many more have been
transferred to Symington to work freight to Dauphin and Regina, as
well as Estevan via Brandon. By August 1982 they were seen almost
daily in Brandon. Four of the B units have also been seen there.
CANADIAN
378
R A I L
THE EQUIPMENT OF THE N.B. DIVISION at Saint John on September 16 1982.
Photo
by R.D. Thomas.
REPORTOF
NEW BRUNSWICK DIVISION
By: R.D. Thomas.
Our 1982 -83
season started with our September meeting. It was
held in Sussex N.B. which is midway between Saint John and Moncton. Both
cities have active members in the Association, and this location is more
convenient from a travel standpoint. Our big project is a railroad museum
in Hillsborough N.B. and for the present a static display. We have the
following equipment:
A
wood-sheathed C.N. van which has been restored and repainted
in the former scheme with maple leaf logo. At the time the encl­
osed picture was taken the whi te lettering ~las not yet completed.
An operating C.P. steam crane with boom car. These two items have
been improved,
particularly the boom car which has had a new
plank floor and a new house.
An 80-foot former C.P. heavy weight baggage car.
Two C.N. 60-foot baggage cars now at the museum site under coYer,
Our
priority is to get the four items shown in the photo from Saint
John to Hillsborough before winter. This will cost $6625.00.
The restoration of one of Saint Johns street cars has hit a snag.
The firm which had undertaken to provide shelter and workmen has had to
cancel their plans due to the economic climate.
Our regular meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month.
THE TWO BAGGAGE CARS AT HILLSBOROUGH on Septembet 16 1982, shortly
before they were placed under cover.
Photo by R.D. Thomas.
A DOUBLEHEADED SOLID AMTRAK TRAIN picks up two lady passengers in Ingersoll
Ontario on November 11 1982. The train, VIA 83 The International, is a new
service by VIA and AMTRAK running between Toronto and Chicago on a daily
basis. F40s 322 and 316 have ten Amfleet coaches for this westbound run to
Chicago. VIA equipment has had breakdowns so Amtrak is lending a helping
hand much to the pleasure of area railfans! This new train recalls the old
International Limited of the Grand Trunk and C.N.R., and it is nice to see
this train carrying the old name.
Photo by John
Russell.
The
Pinafore Park
In the article on the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway which
appeared in Canadian Rail in June. it was mentioned that the equipment
of this line was moved to the Pinafore Park Railroad in St. Thomas
Ontario where it is still in service. Mr. Alfred J. Venus has sent us
a
series of photos showing this line as it is now. Thus it is with
great pleasure that we publish these photos as a follow-up to the one
on the Huntsville line. and show that. in its new setting. it is still
very much alive. All photos were taken by Mr. Venus on July 3 1982.
STEAM LOCOMOTIVE No.1. a coal-fired 0-4-0.
CANADIAN 380 R A I L
OPEN-BENCH PASSENGER CAR, a former electric street car.
THE CAB END OF LOCOMOTIVE No.2. This engine is oil-fired.
CANADIAN 381 R A I L
PASSENGER CAR rebuilt from a flat car formerly on the Bowater
Company railway in Newfoundland.
OIL STORAGB TANK CAR FOR LOCOMOTIVB No.2.
NUMBER 1 AND TRAIN getting under way at station.
A CLOSEUP VIEW OF LOCOMOTIVE No.1.
TIlE STEA.f TRAIN PASSING TIlE PARKING LOT,
AN END AND A BEGINNING
This is the last hsue of the Small fonnat Canadian Rail which
has bllen with us since January 1961, a period of 22 years, Starlini in
Janu
ary 1983, Canadlan Rail …. ill be in a ne .. large 8 X 10i for.at
and
…. ill appear bi·.anthly. Since two months have been ~ailed together
for the last year, coabining two issues is a natural step. The ne~
Canadian Rail will have 36 of the larger pages, so the content per
year will be the saIRe as before. However, the large pages will give a
b
etter appearance to the layout, and the ne …. typeset text will have
eVenly· justified aargins on both sides. We hope you will like the ne ..
foraat and will enjoy the ~ny features wo have planned for the co~in~
year.
BACK COVER:
Pred F, Angus,
Editor, canadian Rail,
December
12 1982.
A GREEN·OVER·RED·OVER FLASIIING GREI:N heralds the arrival of VIA 84 1n to
Paris Ontario on M daap .1sty Nove.ber 11 1982. VIA 6528 leads the consist
frolll Sarnia doing a good clip of 70 .. iles Iln hour.
Photo by John Russell.

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