Railpace, Railfan & Railroad and Trains. Later in November,
a Monday morning quarterbacking session will be held to
analyze the strong and weak points
of the 1996 season, so that 1997
will be even i.etter.
But before the Museum opens in 199? there is much to be
Why not lend a hand? While the location of the work
obviously appeals to ra
il enthusiasts, anyone with an interest in
woodworking, metal work or mechanics would find the type of
work of interest as well. Work sessions take place Saturdays year
round, wi~ the occasional week night thrown in for good measure.
Making contact with Kevin at (514) 638-1522 Monday through
0900 and 1630 EST will provide you with the
information you need to have a
hand in the preservation and
of Canadas largest collection of historic rolling stock,
traction equipment and locomotives. Hope to see you some
There was intended to be a French translation
of this article to be printed alongside the English version.
Unfortunately, this had not been received by the publication
deadline of November 18, and the magazine had to go to press
It may appear next issue. Another example of The best
laid plans ……
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The Business Car
DISPOSITION OF TORONTO PCC STREET CARS
Mr. Ray Corley has sent the following information on the
disposition, by the
TIC, of its retired PCC street cars. The cars
were sold unless otherwise indicated.
4600. Donated to OERRA, Rockwood,
Ontado January 9, 1996.
Shipped from Wychwood by truck May 30.
4601. Michigan Transit Museum, Mount Clemens, Michigan
(Originally destined for Trolleyville). Shipped from Wychwood
by truck May 1.
4602. Trol1eyville U.S.A., Olmstead Falls, Ohio. Shipped from
by truck April 22.
4603. National Capital Trolley Mu
seum, Silver Spring, Md.
Shipped from Wychwood by truck April
4604. Numbered 4500. Retained by
4605. Numbered 4549. Retained by TIC.
4606. Vintage Electric Streetcar Co., Windber, Pa. Shipped from
Wychwood by truck September
4607. Phoenix Transit System, Phoenix, Ariz, (Originally destined
for Michigan Transit Museum). Shipped from Hillcrest by rail
4608, Old Pueblo Trolley Inc., Tucson, Ariz, Shipped from
Hillcrest by rail May 24,
4609, Vintage Electric Streetcar
Co Windber, Pa, Shipped from
Wychwood by truck August 27,
4610, Vintage Electric Streetcar
Co Windber, Pa. Shipped from
Wychwood by truck September 12.
4611, OERHA, Rockwood, Ontario (Originally destined for East
Troy), Shipped from Wychwood by truck May 30,
4612, Donated to Edmonton Radial Railway Society, Edmonton,
Alta., January 23, 1996. Shipped from Hillcrest by truck April
4613. McKinney Avenue TransitAuthority, Dallas, Texas, Shipped
from Hillcrest by rail May 6.
4614. McKinney Avenue Transit Authority, Dallas, Texas. Shipped
from Hillcrest by rail May
4615, Vintage Electric Streetcar Co Windber, Pa. Shipped from
by truck August 29,
4616, Vintage Electric Streetcar
Co Windber, Pa, Shipped from
huck September 10.
4617, East Troy Electric Railroad Museum, Waukesha, Wisc,
Shipped from Hillcrest
by truck May 22,
4618. Donated to OERHA, Rockwood, Ontario
on January 9,
1996, Shipped from Wychwood by truck June 14,
4524, Gary Posey, Perkinsfield, Ontario (OriginaJly destined for
Vintage Electric Streetcar Co.). Shipped from Wychwood by truck
4529, Kenosha Transit, Kenosha, Wisc. (Originally destined for
Vintage Electric Streetcar Co,; shipped
to them for storage),
Shipped from Wychwood
by truck October 21.
4530, Future Enterprises Ltd, (scrap merchant), Hamilton, Ontario
(Originally sold to Tri-Less Corp., Stouffville, Ontario for static
use, Cancelled by Tri-Less and resold
by TIC), Shipped from
by truck May 13,
4546, Future Enterprises Ltd. (scrap merchant), Hamilton, Ontario,
Shipped from Wychwood
by truck March 29.
NBS GIVES McADAM STATION TO RESTORATION GROUP
Plans to restore the former CPR station at McAdam N.B,
got a big boost on October 30, when the Irving-owned New
Brunswick Southern Railway donated the building
to the McAdam
Historical Restoration Commission. Built by the CPR
in 1900, the
station was a busy hub for travellers
in days gone by. During its
heyday, McAdam was a busy junction and its population was more
than double its present 1600, many
of them railway employees and
their dependants. The McAdam heritage group has been trying
acquire the station for about 20 years, and the cooperation of the
Irvings, since taking over the railway, has made it possible to
preserve the building and use
it as a basis for towist promotion as
an attraction. The station presently attracts about 25,000 tourists
to McAdam annually, Several years ago it was featured on a
regular issue Canadian $2 postage stamp, The restoration project
has already been approved for $300,000 in funding under the
Canadian -New Brunswick Infrastructure program, Fredericton
and Ottawa will each pay $100,000 and the Commission will put
up the other $100,000. Fund raising has already raised $40,000
the Commissions share, and the fund-raising campaign will
continue this winter. The project has also been approved for a 50%
cost-sharing agreement with the federal govelllment through the
Historical Sites and Monuments Board
of Canada, Work will soon
begin on a national campaign to raise the matching funds,
At the same time as it made the donation
of the station, the
NBS also donated
to the New Brunswickgovernment380kilometres
of abandoned roadbed for use in the provincial trail system, These
lines stretch from Grand Falls
to Fredericton Junction and from
Saint John to St. George. This
is a very significant donation that
will provide something for all New Brunswickers
to use. When one
considers that much
of the line south of Grand Falls follows the
Saint John River, it is a beautiful line and will be a tremendous
asset for everyone to enjoy, The donated rail beds will form a key
of the Trans Canada trail system, The provincial trail
system includes about 2000 kilometres
of trails. Preparing these
for use by hikers, cyclists, horseback riders and snowmobilers
employed about 400 New Brunswickers
I.ast year, and even more
will be needed this year.
(Based on an article
in the Telegraph Journal, Saint John N.B.,
October 30, 1996)
CAMPAIGN UNDER WAY TO SAVE THE GASPE TRAIN
Activists in the Gaspe and Montreal are rallying to try to
save the thrice-weekly Chaleur passenger train
in the region. A
corporation has been formed
in the Gaspe to save the line from
to Gaspe, This line can be legally abandoned by CN early
if a buyer is not found, This part of the line has not
carried freight traffic since 1991. Permission
to abandon was
overturned by the federal government
in 1991, but this has not
If this part is abandoned it is likely that the
be cancelled by VIA Rail, since there is no
in place to turn the train in Chandler, and the number
of passengers would probably decrease sharply.
The Gazette, Montreal, November 3, 1996),
NOVEMBER -DECEMBER 1996
HERITAGE STATIONS LOST
On Wednesday, October 30, 1996 (the same day as the
announcement about the preservation
of McAdam station) the
Trunk station at Kingston, Ontario was gutted by a
fire which was likely arson. This building was a restaurant for a
time, but had been closed, and in deteriorating condition, for a few
years. It was the original Kingston station on the Grand
line, and was built in 1856. It was one
of the large-size GTR stone
stations, and was virtually identical
to the one at Belleville which
is still in use. It is very likely that what is left of Kingston station
will be demolished, so ending a career
of 140 years for this historic
Some of the memo rib ilia at Il Etait Un Fois on its last night.
On Saturday, September 28, 1996 the restaurant II Etait
Un Fois (Once Upon a Time)
in Montreal served its last meal and
went out of business. The following day an auction was held on the
premesis, and all the memoribilia in the building was sold.
Railway enthusiasts will remember that this structure, built
1909 and enlarged in 1912, was the McGill Street station of the
Montreal and Southern Counties electIic interurban.
ceased to use the station when it discontinued service over Victoria
Bridge on June 19, 1955, and all electric service ceased on October
The old station had several uses before becoming a
restaurant. You editor was present with some other rail enthusiasts
for the last evening, and enjoyed one
of the last Grand Trunk
Burgers served. These were among the best hamburgers ever
The building had been taken over by the city, and the
restaurant owner was evicted.
The old station faces demolition to
make way for part
of a new development.
CHURCHILL LINE SOLD
Despite opposition from Canadian nationalists [with a
small n. Ed.
), Canadian National Railway Co. confirmed the
on November 15, 1996, of a large stretch of northern
Manitoba track to a U.
S. company. OmniTRAX of Denver was the
successful bidder for
The Bay Line, which includes the line
The Pas and Churchill, as well as the branches to Lynn
Lake and Flin Flon. There were bids from two Canadian companies.
The U.S. company now begins negotiations with Ports Canada to
buy the Port
of Churchill, Canadas only northern saltwater port.
CN had been asking $50 million for the rail line but the final price
was not disclosed. The OmniTRAX bid was the strongest from an
operational and financial standpoint, CN president Paul Tellier
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told a news conference. The climate and geography of northern
Manitoba present unique challenges for railroaders,
he said. We
therefore sought a buyer with proven railway operating experience
and oriented towards service.
Under the deal, OmniTRAX acquires
the lines north
of The Pas, including about 920 kilometres of track
which runs from
The Pas to Churchi II. OmniTRAX, headquartered
in Colorado with offices in Chicago,
manages 11 short-line
railroad subsidiaries throughout the United States including Kansas,
Colorado, Iowa, Oregon and Ohio. It also owns an interest
in Estonia, one of the largest on the Baltic,
which has received shipments
of grain via Churchill. Thediscussions
over the sale
of the Port of Churchill to OmniTRAX will begin
It was essential that the sale of the rail line be confirmed
first, because the government had to know who would be the owner
of the railway before beginning serious negotiations on the port.
Gord Peters, chairman
of Gateway North, said his consortium
of Canadian bidders was sorely disappointed with CNs decision
and has called for a review by the provincial and federal governments.
However transportation experts say short-line operators, with their
lower overhead costs and more competitive freight rates, can do a
lot to reclaim rail traffic that moved to other modes
(Source: Globe and Mail,
November 16, 1996).
CORRECTIONS TO AMTRAK ARTICLE
Mr. Ray Corley points out the following errors, and
questions, in the chronology
of Amtrak trains in Canada which
appeared in Canadian Rail No. 452, May-June 1996:
1. Seattle -Vancouver: The Pacific International made its initial
run on July 17, 1972, not September 10 as stated.
2. Washington -Montreal via St. Albans:
The Montrealer was
officially discontinued on May 14, 1987, not October 25 as stated.
However the actual last run had taken place on April 6, due to
deteriorating track conditions.
The train was reinstated on July 18,
1989 as reported in the article.
4. New York -Detroit via Canada:
There are differences of opinion
here. One article says that the Niagara Rainbow began service,
with that name, on October
31,1974. However Amtraks timetables
are as stated
in the article, i.e. the name Empire State Express
was still used until April 25, 1976. Service west
is said to have been discontinued on October 1,
1978, before the train was routed to (or through) Niagara Falls
N.Y. on October 29. Can any member help to clarify these dates?
Mr. Mark Paul points outthat there was one other international
passenger train that ran until April
30,1971; Burlington Northerns
trains 47 and 48 operated between Grand Forks and Winnipeg until
that date. He also says that the Amtrak bus connecting Vancouver
with the Coast Starlight was not discontinued when the Mount
Baker International went into service. This bus still operates.
TWO MORE CANADIAN RAILWAY STAMPS
A series of ten stamps has been issued by Canada Post to
commemorate 100 years
of the Cinema in Canada. The first and
in this series show steam locomotives. The first movie
in Canada was made in France and was entitled
L Arrivee dun Train En Gare (Arrival of a Train in a Station).
The film depicted a train arriving at the Lyon-Penache station in
France, passengers boarding and the train leaving.
It was first
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shown, in Montreal, on June 27, 1896. Fortunately the film has
survived (unlike many early movies) and a scene from it appears
on the stamp.
The last stamp in the series shows a scene from The
Fox, made in 1982. In this scene a steam locomotive is
approaching a group of horses.
The issue of these stamps brings to more than fifty the total
of Canadian stamps, between 1860 and 1996, that have showed
railway subjects. An article about this
is planned for Canadian Rail
UNION PACIFIC BIDS FOR MEXICAN RAILWAYS
The Union Pacific Railroad isjoining Mexican conglomerate
SA to bid for part of Mexicos national railway
company which is being privatized.
The line they aim to buy links
Mexico City with Nuevo Laredo. which
is adjacent to Laredo,
The line is expected to attract fierce bidding when it is
auctioned this year. A total
of 82 foreign and Mexican corporations
to· participate in the privatization of three trunk lines
and concessions on dozens
of short-line railways, including 16,000
(Globe and Mail)
CAPITALISM RIDES TO RESCUE OF MOSCOWS
Sixty years after Stalin completed one of the biggest
artistic and engineering feats
of the Soviet Union, Moscows
venerable Metro is being dragged into the post-Communist era.
The capitals underground system, famed for its marble columns,
art deco chandeliers and Socialist Realist artwork,
is beIng forced
to accept commercial advertising in an effort to modernise its
service and cope with spiralling costs. The system has scarcely
been modernised since Stalin took a fateful test run six decades ago
became stuck in a tunnel for half an hOUL During the Second
War the Metro was used as a bomb shelter, and later its
reputation for fast, low-cost a
nd crime-free mass transport was
by the Communists as a shining example of socialism
at work. However, since the collapse
of Communism the Metro has
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struggled to cope with its daily load of nine million passengers, and
muggings have become as
common as discarded banana skins. The
move to modernise the Metro
is part of a campaign by Yuri
citys energetic and powerful Mayor, who is trying
to turn his bustling, grimy and crime-ridden capital into a modern,
by Mike Wragg).
Riders on Montreals Metro have noticed two strange
trains recently. All cars
of both trains bear special paint schemes
and carry advertisements. One train
is painted silver and advertises
Levis jeans, while the other
is painted white and, by means of
charming drawings, extols the virtues of milk. This photo of car
80-021 shows some
of these drawings, including one of a cow
playing a violin! These two trains, which seem to be confined to
the main east-west line, are a welcome contrast to the familiar blue
cars which have been with us for thirty years.
RAIL BUFFS TO GET OWN RESTING PLACE
Rail enthusiasts in Britain, known as trrunspotters, have a
chance to pursue their hobby for eternity
in a specially designed
trackside cemetery. More than 50 rail buffs have alJeady made
advance bookings to take their final journey on a steam train to the
in central England. The ticket costs about 1400 pounds
(about $3000 Canadian).
The Midland Railway Trust has made 50
steam and diesel locomotives available for use as hearses.
hope to be ready for the first burials at the end of the year, Alan
Trusts development officer, stated.
(July 5, 1996).
MODEL ENGINEERS SHOW
The Lindsay and District Model Engineers Show will take
place on April 5th and 6th, 1997
at the Victoria Park Armoury, 210
Kent Street West, Lindsay, Ontario. Hours for the show will be
II :00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday the 5th, and 11:00 A.M.
to 4:30 P.M. on Sunday the 6th. Admission is $4.00 for adults,
$2.00 for seniors and students, and $1.00 for children.
information, please write to Box 452, Lindsay, Ontario K9V 4S7,
or phone Wayne Lamb at (705) 324-5710
or Eric Potter at (705)
NOVEMBER -DECEMBER 1996
1997 CRHA CONVENTION
The 1997 CR}IA Annual Convention will be held from
May 16 to 19, 1997 at St. Catharines, Omario, and will be hosted
by the Niagara Division. The location will be Brock University,
and the planned
schedule is as follows:
Friday, May 16
1900 hrs. to 2200 hIs. Registration.
2000 hrs. to 2300 Ills. Hospitality Room.
Saturday, May 17
0700 hrs. to 0800 hrs. Breakfast.
0800 hrs. to 1200 lu·s. Field trip to Bayview and Vicinity.
0900 hrs. to 1200 Ills. Papers and Presentations.
1200 hrs. to 1300 hrs. Lunch.
1300 hrs. to 1700 hrs. Field trip to Bayview and Vicinity.
1300 hrs. to
1600 hrs. Papers and Presentations.
1830 hrs. to 1930 hrs. Symposium.
1930 hIs. to
2200 hIs. Banquet and Speaker.
2200 hIs. to ???? Hospitality Room.
Sunday, May 18
0830 hrs. to 0930 hrs. Breakfast.
0930 hrs. to 1200 1m. Annual General Meeting.
1200 hIs. to
1300 IllS. Lunch.
1330 hrs. to 1700 hrs. Railroad Historical Tour of Niagara.
1700 hrs. to 2400 hrs. Niagara Falls Casino or your choice.
Monday, May 19
0800 hrs. to 0900 hrs. Breakfast.
0900 hrs. to 1200 ill·s. Slide Presentations.
1200 hrs. to 1300 ill·s. Lunch.
1300 hrs. Convention ends.
The cost of registration for the full convention wi Il be $ J 20
before March 1, and $135 thereafter. Spouses may attend for $100.
lf not registering for the whole convention, Saturday only will be
$65, Sunday will be $40, and the field trips wil.l be $15 each. There
is also a Ladies tour to Niagara Falls and NIagara-On-The-Lake
at no charge (fully registered guests only) and a ladies wine
ti ng tour for $25.
More information; and registration forms will be sent to
members,.but information ~an be requested now by writing:
CRHA Niagara Division
Box 20311, Grantham Postal Outlet
CRHA A WARD WINNERS
Mr. Christopher Kyle, Chairman of the Annual Awards
Committee of the CRHA, has announced the following winners for
the 1995 awards:
Lifetime Achievement: David S. Wilkie.
Also nominated were Donald F. Broadbear and Ron. Lawless.
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Article in a CRHA Publication: The Philatelic Column by
Hughes Bonin, Kingston Rail, November-December, 1995.
Article in a Non-CRHA Publication: Train B laze in Firefighting
Canada, Apri I 1995, was nominated. However, no award was
made as four
of the judges either abstained or stated that no award
should be made.
There were no nominations in the book or preservation categories
received by the deadline.
VICTORIA BRIDGE MATERIAL REQUESTED
Next year, 1997, will be the 100th anniversary of the start
of the rebuilding of the Grand Trunks Victoria Bridge into the
modernized Victoria Jubilee Bridge. This work continued for
two years and was finally completed in December, 1899. To
commemorate this anniversary, it is proposed to publish an article,
or series of articles, telling the story of Victoria Bridge from 1897
until the present.
This will be, in effect, a continuation of the
of Canadian Rail (No. 443, November-December
1994) which was devoted to the history of the original Victoria
tubular bridge, opened in 1859
and rebuilt in 1897-99. In order to
do this project justice we need much source material and, although
much is on hand,
we depend on the members to help out. If you
have any information, photos, stories or anything else about
Victoria Bridge that might be useful for this project, please let the
editor know. I am sure there is a lot out there which will make the
new Victoria Bridge issue one
of the best yet.
TIME FOR A NEW SYSTEM
The computer system, installed in 1990, for producing
Canadian Rail, is reaching the end of the line. It still works as well
as it ever did, but the problem is that the software is obsolete and
is not supported by outside services.
This applies to both input and
The system can not read anything written in language
higher than Word Perfect 5.1, and our service bureau, that makes
print negatives from our computer data will no longer support
our PageMaker 3 (at present PageMaker is up to version 6). Since
this new software will not run in our 286 computer, there must be
an upgrade to a Pentium or equivalent. The first issue produced by
computer was No. 416, May-June 1990, thus this completes forty
issues on that machine.
It is estimated that computer publishing
about $500 in layout costs per issue, thus the original
cost of $4000 for the computer and software has resulted in a
saving of $20,000, five times the cost of the system. Conversion
to the new system will take place between now and the January
February 1997 issue. There are many new features avai lable, such
as scanning photos instead
of photographing and pasting each one.
All these features will be considered and,
where feasible, used. All
cause some delay to the first issue of 1997, so please bear
with us. The result will be a better magazine.
This is a good time also to say that the Editor is always in
of more quality articles and news items for Canadian Rail.
The supply is beginning to dry up, so we depend on the members
provide input to be shared by all the membership. Thank you.
BACK COVER: The Locomotives described on page 160 were not the onLy pieces of railway equipment built in Canada for shipment to Russia.
1921, after the Bolshevik revoLution, Canadian Car and Foundl} Co. built an order of tank cars for the Russian Soviet
government. This 8000 gallon car
is shown at the CC&F plant mounted on standard-gauge arch-bar trucks before beingfil/ed with its proper
(5 ft.) trucks. Note the buffers which are no Longer used in Russia. CRHA Archives, CanCar Collection, Photo C-J394.
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