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Canadian Rail 522 2008

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ISSN 0008-4875
Postal Permit No. 40066621
CANADIAN RAIL
PUBLISHED BI-MONTHLY
BY THE CANADIAN RAILROAD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A Concise History of the CRHA, Part 2, by Stephen Wray and Peter Murphy ……………………………….. 3
Excursions
Photo Gallery, By Stan J. Smail!. ……………………………………………………….. 14
Business Car.
………………………………………………………………………………. 38
FRONT COVER: May 17, 1952. This was the only excursion operated with MTC obselvation car No. 4. The car was chmtered for an
excursion over the
mountain and out to Lachine. The group was photographed coming down the mountain line, the CRHA drumhead
proudly displayed. Fortunately, all four Montreal Golden Chariots have been preserved, two at Exporail and two at USA trolley
museums. Ronald S. Ritchie.
17 mai 1952. Lunique excursion avec le tramway obselvatoire nume,o 4. Ce tramway Jut nolise pour une promenade surla
montagne et vers Lachine. Le groupe a ete photographie en descendant la ligne de la montagne, lenseigne circulaire de lA CHF mise
fierement en evidence. Heureusement, les quatre ptits chars en or de
Montlial sont sauvegardes, dont deux a Exporail et deux dans
des musees america ins.
Ronald S. Ritchie.
BELOWAugust 7, 1948. Some of the enthusiasts who rode the CRHA s first excursion aboard MTC car 1054. Ronald S. Ritchie.
CI-DESSOUS:
7 aout 1948. Quelques-uns des amateurs fen-oviaires qui ont voyage a bord du tramway 1054 de fa MTC a loccasion de fa
premiere excursion de lACHE Ronald S. Ritchie
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includes a subscription to Canadian Rail,
write to:
CRHA, 110
Rue St-Pierre, St. Constant,
Que. J5A 1G7
Membership Dues for 2007:
In Canada: $45.00 (including all taxes)
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in U.S. funds.
Other Countries: $80.00 Canadian funds. Canadian
Rail is continually in need of news, stories,
historical data, photos, maps and other material.
Please send
all contributions to Peter Murphy,
X1-870 Lakeshore Road, Dorval, QC H9S 5X7,
email: psmurphy@videotron.ca. No payment can
be made for contributions, but the contributor will be
given credit for material submitted. Material will be
returned to the contributor if requested. Remember
Knowledge is of little value unless it is shared with
others.
INTERIM CO-EDITORS:
Peter Murphy, Douglas N.W. Smith
ASSOCIATE EDITOR (Motive Power):
Hugues W. Bonin
LAYOUT: Gary McMinn
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DISTRIBUTION: Joncas Postexperts
Inc.
The CRHA may be reached at its web site: www.exporaiJ.org or by telephone at (450) 638-1522
JANUARY -FEBRUARY 2008
A Concise History
of the CRHA
By Stephen Wray and Peter Murphy
PART 2
THE EXCURSION ERA
An important function of the Association from
its earliest days was operation of special Excursions.
Excursion activity (as well as the
CRHA News Report)
was suspended during World War II. After the war, with
membership on the increase,
CRHA excursions took on a
whole new meaning with the charter of
MTC training car
1054 (an
ex Montreal Terminal Railway bobtail trolley)
on August 7, 1948 for a trip to Cartierville with a detour
down the Noordyn loop, a branch line serving a wartime
aircraft factory off the suburban Cartierville line. From
this first post war outing, a
CRHA excursion committee
tradition was established, to operate oddball equipment
to unusual branch line destinations wherever possible and
hopefully cover expenses while doing
it!
Activities vs Research
As more volunteer time and effort was turned
to the operation
of excursions and otfier activities, les~
time wasspeni addressingthe original Gbjectiv~softhe
CRHA. This did not sit well with some Directors. The
following extract is taken from Robett R. Browns
handwritten notes from1952:
However there
is one disturbing feature of
· current activities, it
is that few of the present members
are interested
in history and fewer still are actively
· engaged
in research. I t is recognizedtha t the events of
today
will be tbe history of tomorrow and we should
take an active interest
in modern developments but we
should remember that current developments are fully
documented and any such interest on our
part serves
no useful purpose. But on the other hand, much of the
eCirly history of Early Canadian railways has been lost,
· temporarily
we hope, and here we have a wonderful
field for exploration.. .
If we make it our business to gather obscure
bits of information, from· hundreds
of scattered
sources, analyze them, verify them, then fit
them
together like bits of a jig saw puzzle we will be able to
rec~)llstruct the most important branch of Canadian
3 CANADIAN RAIL • 522
Un aper~u de
lhistoire de
l ACHF
Par Stephen Wray et Peter Murphy
Traduit en
fran~ais par Denis Vallieres
DEUXIEME PARTIE
LERE DES EXCURSIONS
Dans ses debuts, lAssociation avait comme
mandat dorganis
er des excursions speciales. Celles-ci,
cependant, tout comme la publication de News Report,
furent suspendues pendant la Deuxieme Guerre
mondiale. Avec Iaccroissement du nombre de membres
par la suite, les excursions de IACHF prirent un nouvel
elan. Le tramway dentralnement numero 1054 de type
Bobtail (ex-Montreal Park
& Island Railway) sebranla,
Ie 7 aoilt 1948, pour une randonnee a la boucle Noordyn,
un
tron Cartierville qui reliait une usine daeronefs pendant la
guerre.
A la suite de cette premiere sortie, on crea un
comite des excusions charge dorganiser des randonnees
sur des lignes peu frequentees,
a bord de vehicules ayant
un lien pertinent avec I ACHF.
Activites etrecherches
Commeon consacrait beaucoup de temps de
beIi6volat
alorganisation des excursions et autres·
activites, on delaissait un
peu lesobjectifs debase de
TACHF, ce qui ne plaisaitpasa certains directeurs ….
~extraitci-dessous provrentde notes manuscrites de
Robert R. Brown datan t
de 1952 :
« [ … ]De toute maniere,il existe unesituation
derangeante relativement aux activites. courantes :
peu de membres sont il1teresses par lhistoire [du
chemin de fei] et
il y a moins dengagement dans les
activites de recherche. Certes, les evenemerits
d
aujourdhuiseronL rhistoire de demain et nous
devons nous interesseractivement aux
developpements mc5aernes [ … ] r:nais une bonne partie·
de lhistoire dil debut des chemins de fer canadien a
ete
perdue, temporairement esperons-le, et nous avons la
tout un domaine
a explorer. -. ..
« Si nous investissons dans· lacollecte de
fragments dinformation
[~ .. lprovenantde centaines
de sources eparpillees, que nous les. analysons, les
verifions
et les assemblonsCtel un casse-tete, nous
arriverons
a reconstituer lapartie laplusimportante
de lhistoire canadienne. II est evident pour tout
RAIL CANADIEN • 522
HistOIY. It is obvious to even the most casual observer
that without the railways the Dominion of Canada
would notexist. –
In reality it turned out that a balance evolved
between the
resea~chof railwayhistory,(much of it
Published in Canadian
Rail or other publications) and
the CRHAsvarious excursion and activities, including
the Canadian Railway Museum in
rec~ntyears.
The second excursion, on May 14, 1949 was
operated with Montreal Tramways observation car No.3.
This was scheduled as a tour around the two mountains
(Westmount and
Mount Royal). This excursion included
a trip up and over the mountain from Park Avenue to
Cote des Neiges Road via Beaver Lake. Only three trips
were made with Montreals famous observation cars over
the mountain, they were banned in 1957 when the
MTC
realized danger caused by the limited clearance of the
trolley wire to the
upper tier of seats within the tunnel.
Early CRHA excursion ticket
which
is actually a black and
white photograph trimmed,
these
were the days before
photocopiers existed and
insufficient participants
to
permit printing. CRHA
Archives, FondAngus.
ONE
FARE
OCTOBER 30I!! 1949
between
., VU, ~lONTREAL PARK 11 ISL~ND RY.
MONTREAL TR~M{A)& (q~J.PANY
NOT REfUNDABLE
From the outset excursions were taken very
seriously
as if they were not properly promoted, a
financial loss could easily be incurred. Every excursion
was
operated as a railroad charter with a route map,
timetable and program guide of interesting points (mostly
railway / tramway related) for the participants.
Excursions helped to attract new members and
further spread the interest in the Association. In the
earlier years participants were mainly members and their
guests
as the trips were not widely publicized to the public.
These excursions were an opportunity to meet, share
experiences and enjoy an outing
in a specifically selected
piece of equipment. Participation grew and on
October 1,
1950 another major step fOlward was taken with the
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observateur que .sans les chemins de fer, Ie Canada
nexisterait pas dans son entite actuelle.
» (traduction
libre) .
En realite, un equilibre sest developpe entre
la recherche sur Ihistoire ferroviaire (publiee
prinCipalementdans Ie Canadian Rail et autres) erles­
excursions
et activites variees, dont celles du Musee
ferroviaire canadien, au cours des dernieres annees.
Une deuxieme excursion se deroula Ie 14 mai
1949
a bord du tramway observatoire numero 3 de la
Montreal Tramway Company (MTC).
II sagissait dune
randonnee autour des deux montagnes (par Westmount
et Mont-Royal), un parcours a paltir de Iavenue du Parc
vers
Ie chemin de la C6te-des-Neiges en passant par Ie lac
des Castors. Seulement trois excursions eurent lieu sur la
montagne
a bord des celebres tramways observatoires
puisque, en 1957, la
MTC constata quil etait perilleux de
traverser
Ie tunnel en raison du faible degagement entre
Ie dible de trolley et les sieges situes au niveau superieur
du tramway; elle decida de suspendre detinitivement de
telles randonnees.
SON POUR
UN
PA5SAGE
LE 30 OCTO eRE 1949
entre
LACijlNE
RETURN
RETOUR
// (/ …..-~;..J
J.~ , … / l ~. ;:.2dz-<~~
GlNf;~~ItNGER flGftlT.
Les premiers tickets
dexcursion de lACHF
itaient en noir et blanc et
comportaient des photos
decoupees. Cetait avant
la
photocopie, et Ie petit
nombre de participants ne
justifiait pas qu on les
imprime… Archives de
IACHF, FondsAngus.
Les premieres excursions etaient orchestrees
avec minutie afin deviter un deticit financier. Chacune
etait
con~ue comme un «affretement ferroviaire » : on
fournissait aux participants
une carte du trajet, un horaire
et un index des sites interessants (en lien avec les chemins
de fer ou les tramways).
Les excursions
eurent comme eifet dattirer de
nouveaux membres
et de repandre par Ie fait meme
linteret envers I Association. Pendant les premieres
annees, les randonneurs etaient surtout constitues de
membres
et de leurs invites, puisque ces excursions
netaient pas annoncees aupres du grand public. Elles
furent des occasions de rencontres
et de partage du plaisir
de voyager
a bord dequipements qui nourrissaient la
curiosite des membres.
Le taux de participation continua
de croltre
et Ie 1er octobre 1950, une etape importante fut
franchie : la premiere excursion ferroviaire nolisee de
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operation of the CRHA:s first charter railroad excursion.
Billed
as a Fall Foliage Excursion, the CRHA chartered
Canadian National Railways oil-electric doodlebug No.
15837 and a trailer for a run to Huberdeau,
Quebec and
return. This was the first
of many trips on the CNRs
Montfort subdivision, one of the most scenic destinations
within easy reach
of Montreal.
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l ACHF. Cest lautorail a propulsion essence-electrique
de type Doodlebug numero 15837 du CNR, tirant une
voiture coach, qui fut choisi
pour cette excursion,
annoncee comme
« excursion Feuillage dautomne », a
destination d Huberdeau, Que., et retour. Ce fut la
premiere des nombreuses
randonnees dans la sous­
division Monfort du CNR, Iune des voies les plus
panoramiques
et les plus facilement accessibles a partir
de Montreal.
October 1, 1950. Group photo of those pm1icipating in the CRHA s first railroad excursion with CNR oil-electric 15837 and one
coach to Huberdeau, Quebec. CRHAArchives, Fond Toohey.
ler octobre 1950. Groupe des participants de
la premiere excursion de IACHF, avec lautorail essence-electlique 15837 du
CNRsuivi dune voiture coach, a destination de Huberdeau, Que. ArchivesA CHF, Fonds Toohey.
This excursion was a success and encouraged the
trip committee to look into the possibility of other
charters including the possibility of a steam hauled
excursion train.
In 1951 three excursions were held, they
included
the first outing on the Montreal & Southern
Counties Railway. Members and guests rode car 107 to
Granby,
QC (the line was cut-back to Marieville on
November 24, 1951). To mark the closure of the CPRs
Viger Station on May 31, 1951, a group rode Train No.
463, which was the final train to depart the station.
The
CRHA grou p rode to Park Avenue station. Cette excursion eut un tel succes quelle incita
Ie
comite des excursions de lACHF a songer a dautres
possibilites avec dautres types
de vehicules, par exemple
une escapade
a bard dun train tire par une locomotive a
vapeur. Trois excursions eurent lieu en 1951, dont une
premiere sortie sur
Ie chemin de fer Montreal & Southern
Counties.
A cette occasion, des membres et des invites
voyagerent
a bord de la voiture numero 107 a destination
de Granby,
Que. Le 24 novembre 1951, Ie terminus de
cette ligne fut ramene
a Marieville. Puis, Ie 31 mai 1951,
un groupe de participants monta
a bord du numero 463,
dernier train
a quitter la gare Viger du CPR, afin
justement de souligner
la fermetl1re de celle-ci, puis
descendit plus loin,
a la gare de lavenue du Parco
RAIL CANADIEN • 522
By 1951 the writing was on the wall, Canadian
railroading was changing, diesels were replacing steam
locomotives at an ever accelerating rate, Montreal and
Ottawas
streetcar systems were facing bustitution and
numerous railway branch lines faced closure.
The CRHA
excursion committee became ever more active and
innovative.
The object was to run as many interesting
trips as possible, many to branch line destinations
prior to
their abandonment.
The CR~s first steam hauled charter occurred
on October 5, 1952 behind CNRs 4-6-2 No. 5292. This
was billed as
another ever popular Fall Foliage Excursion.
Huberdeau, Quebec was again chosen as the destination.
The first Canadian Pacific Railway charter occurred on
September 30, 1956 when double
header 2580 and 489
operated as a Fall Foliage Excursion to Sutton, Quebec.
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De grands changements samorcerent en 1951
dans
Ie domaine ferroviaire. Les locomotives diesels
remplacerent celles
a vapeur a un rythme effrene, tandis
que les autobus se substituaient aux tramways
de
Montreal et dOttawa et que plusieurs tron~ons de lignes
ferroviaires disparaissaient.
Le comite des excursions de
IACHF fut alors fort actif et innovateur. I.:objectif etait
de fournir autant dexcursions que possible, tout
particulierement sur les
tron~ons de lignes sujettes a
deventuelles fermetures.
La premiere excursion
« vapeur» eut lieu Ie 5
octobre 1952
a bord dun train nolise tire par la
locomotive de type 4-6-2, numero 5292, du CNR. Cette
excursion fut annoncee encore une fois comme
« excursion Feuillage dautomne » a destination
dHuberdeau. La premiere excursion a bord dun train
nolise du Chemin
de fer du Canadien Pacifique eut lieu Ie
30 septembre 1956; Ie train de cette autre « excursion
Feuillage
dautomne» a destination de Sutton, Que., etait
tire
par les locomotives a vapeur numeros 2580 et 489.
In this un-dated photo found in Fred Angus collection, a group of enthusiasts was photographed beside a 1040 class MTC
excursion tram. This is probably the October 1, 1955 chalter of 1046 whose destination was Montreal North and Cartie/ville. The
1046
had not yet been re-painted into its original orange colour scheme. CRHA Archives, FondAngus.
Sur cette photo non datee provenant de la collection de Fred Angus, un groupe damateurs fel7oviaires est photographic a cote
dun tramway de
la classe 1040 de la MTC. Il sagit probablement de lexcursion du leI octobre 1955 avec le train 1046 a
destination de Montreal-Nord et de Cartie/ville. Cet cquipement na pas encore ete repeint dans sa livree orange dorigine.
ArchivesACHF, FondsAngus.
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Another un-dated photo depicting a group of excursionists in front of an MTC tram. This is probably the trip with tram 997 along
Notre
Dame St. to the George Vloopon]une 3,1956. CRHAArchives, FondAngus.
Une autre photo non datee, illustrant un groupe dexcursionnistes devant un tramway de la MTC. Cest probablement fa
randonnee avec Ie 997, Ie long de la rue Notre-Dame vers la boucle Geolge V, Ie 3 juin 1956. ArchivesACHF, Fonds Angus.
The period from 1955 to 1960 was one of intense
excursion activity.
Streetcar routes and car types were
being retired almost monthly.
On December 14, 1957 the
first excursion outside
Montreal took place when Ottawa
Transportation Commission streetcars 1003 and 685 were
chartered for a
tour of the Ottawa streetcar system. This
was the first of four
Ottawa streetcar excursions that were
to take place,
the final being car 859 chartered to
participate in the
parade to mark the end of streetcar
operation on May 2, 1959.
October 4 and 5,1958
are significant dates in that
is was the first time that CRHA excursions were held on
successive Saturday / Sunday dates. On that occasion
CNR 5702 was chartered to Garneau, QC on the
Saturday, and
CPR 2633 to St. Gabriel de Brandon on the
Sunday. In later years back to back excursion dates would
become the norm to help pro-rate the cost of
deadheading CNR steam locomotives from Toronto to
Montreal for excursion charters.
La periode de 1955 a 1960 fut temoin dune
intense activite en ce qui a trait aux excursions. Pendant
ce temps, Ie retrait des lignes des tramways se poursuivait
mois apres mois, tout comme
la disparition de differents
modeles de tramways. La premiere excursion a
lexterieur de Montreal eut lieu Ie 14 decembre 1957; les
tramways
numeros 1003 et 685 furent nolises de IOttawa
Transportation Commission pour une escapade a travers
Ie reseau des lignes de tramways dOttawa. Ce fut la
premiere de quatre excursions, la derniere etant
laffretement de la voiture 859 pour Ie defile marquant la
fin du tramway,
Ie 2 mai 1959.
Les 4
et 5 octobre 1958 furent des dates
significatives
pour IACHF. En effet, cetait la premiere
fois qUavaient lieu successivement des excursions Ie
samedi et Ie dimanche dune meme fin de semaine. Le
samedi, la locomotive du CNR numero 5702 fut nolisee
pour une escapade a destination de Garneau, Que.,
tandis
que Ie dimanche, ce fut au tour de la locomotive du
CPR numero 2633 a destination de Saint-Gabriel-de­
Brandon. Quelques annees plus tard, des excursions de
fin de semaine devinrent la norme entre Toronto et
Montreal, cela afin de diminuer les couts des
affretements de trains.
RAIL CANADIEN • 522
March 29th, 30th, 1958
RAIL ENTHUSIASTS WEEKEND
FEATURING
IN AND AROUND MONTREAL
DOUBLE-HEADED
STEAM TRAIN
SPONSORED BY THE
CANADIAN RAILROAD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
Salurday -March 2.9, 1958
(A) Visit fa Railway Roundhouses where STEAM Power will be on view,
(Bus Tour) (Lola morning and afternoon) ………………………………………….. $2.00 per person
(S) Toot of roil lines of Montreal Transportation CommissIon using historical Roiling Siock
(Afternoon) …….. .. ………….. . ……… $2.00 p •• po.>On
Sunday -Mah 30, 1958
Ie) DOUBLE-HEADED Spedal STEAM Troln,lJght power, via Canadian National Railways from Monl­
real to St, John Conlie, Valleyfleld, Coteau, Glen Robertson, Hawkesbury and Monlceel. Moln
line
and bronch lines. As usual, many photo stops. (Aboul 9 hours)
Eleclrlc Engine In Montreal Terminals. . …………………………………. _ … _ ……….. $6.00 per penOn
…..
CRHA LUNCH SERVICE WILL FUNCTION IN tHE TRAIN.
COUPON:
Pe.ng .. Agen, CANADIAN RAILROAD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
Box 22 -Station IB, Monlreal 2 CANADA
ENCLOSE REMITIANCE IN CANADIAN FUNDS FOR TRIPS CHECKED BELOW,
·Tdp k X $2.00 ~ $ _____ _
c.
Tp B, _______ —x 2.00
l:rip C, x 6.00 J::::I
TOTAL
From _______________________ —Nemc:.0—
Address
*These trips
run concurrenlly and may not both be taken. Check one or the olher. furlher jntormalion
can
be obtained from address above.
NOTE … Registrations receIved by tho PASSENGER AGENT AFTER Monday March 24, 1958, will
be HELD In Monlreol. These will be available 10 the reglslrant~the·day of the trip upon presentation
ot IdentiAcalion 10 the ~ASSENGER AGENT OR 10 a member of the TRIP COMMmEE oulgned to the
particular octivity.
Theso trips oro plannod for your enloyment. May we Include you as one of our pasungers?
Sunday, September 4, 1960, marked the
beginning of the next phase in CRHA excursion history.
The Association chartered
CNR Northern 6153 for
operation from Montreal to Ottawa. Billed as The End of
Steam excursion, Canadian National Railways public
relations department got involved
as did the local media
making this the first widely publicized
CRHA excursion.
Many of
us who knew that a railway association existed,
but didnt know how to get in touch with it, got their
chance on
that September Sunday in 1960. The
locomotive had hauled another charter to Joliette the day
before withoutsuch wide publicity.
In 1960, regular
steam operation in Canada had
come to an end on the Class I railways, although some
locomotives were stored serviceable because their boiler
certificates had
not yet expired. Two more Canadian
Pacific steam trips would take place, Pacific 1270 to Ste.
Agathe,
QC on October 16, 1960 and 4-4-0 No. 29 to St.
Lin,
QC on November 6, 1960. The latter excursion
commemorated the 75th. anniversary
of the driving of the
last spike on the CPR. This was the l
ast steam locomotive
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In ~8rvlce
since 1886,
Canadian-buill
4-4-0 makes
lIs final run
In Nov8mber
for CRHA
This !oco:r.ot.iv(! i9 or.c of the last 1.-4-0 types Oil I,;he continent onerating ill
public rail1sy aerlice, a:d holds the loneovity record for a C.:.nadia.n-built
st-eam engine: 7J years.
r:O. 144 oi.ll provide the T!otive po~ler for fOoden pao~ongor caYs a~tEI.~b!;
fift,! years old -. thp. la~t such train ev~r to operate on C.:lnn.dlan Pc..clfic.
~at..urd)1 ::o/embel 21st. 1959:
·:ystery Tour
ll
loavinr:; ,1i!1d~or Station. Hontrue.l, a.t ~pproxirr.iltely $:4, a.u ..
~;I. fO[~c~r!go~~O~~t~~t~~~l k~;:i~;~~ ~?~~e:.~~~ ~~,~:..a.y ht~torieGl Lute 1-
Sunci<;v, ov~mbol ZZnd, 1959:
i,10!1t~~al to ~~::I .. ..all, leO-vin,; :inn50r 5 ~~~ay Si~ile~:T f~~ ~~i~x~~rfi~~cf~d~or~~~~h-t~~~~r;~!n i~n~b~o:>t De~~~:j~~~
than Ovor quie.t l … ral branch Ibc to ·:ornwall.
Pii01O SlC~ ,·iILl. [.E A P!::ll:JJE Or DGTil ;!!.i:.~::; TiUF$
Jue to .1trictly limited. J.c~ervations must be i!lade in ad,a.ce. Space ::l.s:;ir;r:mcnts
·.~i.ll be eoni.tmed by the Issociat~on. .
I.::ach trip: $0.00
Children under 5: :<~E
Both trlpli: ~ll.CO
ChUci.!en 5 to 12: Hal.f ,arc
rXPOilT.I!(: U.S, ·~3it.ors are respectfully !OC]ueSl.cd to remit. in CM:i.iJ.L~:;
;~1l8~C6~Ft~r.;;::6nrt~ss~:;g~}3 :I!LL DB .lCc:a:,.:iJ .,,(, !Hl: sj,,r;011 ,,I U~F •• JrrUHL TL1S.
Act: ·ir. f… ::l, lIall>rid::=u, Pilccone
or Cl:nt.
P
lease 3end me tic! I)IWS 1:; onclosed:
WlAL P;:;i.;ITi;,XC: E!IC}1St;f): ••• , • ~ __
Plea,3e print your nClno ;):
Le 4 septembre 1960 marqua Ie debut dune
nouvelle etape dans Ihistoire des excursions de [,ACHF.
LAssociation nolisa ce jour-la la locomotive a vapeur
numero 6153 de type Northern du
CNR pour une
randonnee entre Montreal et Ottawa. Le jour pn~cedent,
cette meme locomotive avait tire un convoi
dexcursionnistes pour une randonnee vers Joliette. Le
Bureau des relations publiques du Canadien National
collabora a cette occasion, tout comme
Ie firent les
medias locaux, pour publiciser largement
cette «
excursion fin de la vapeur» de I ACHF. Ceux dentre
nous qui connaissaient [existence de I Association
ferroviaire, mais sans
trop sy interesser, furent
particulierement sensibilises en ce dimanche de
septembre 1960.
Lannee 1960 marquait ainsi la fin de lutilisation
des locomotives
a vapeur pour les chemins de fer de classe
1. Cependant, certaines furent gardees en reserve
puisque les certificats de validite de leurs chaudieres
netaient pas encore expires. Deux autres excursions «
vapeur » eurent lieu, dabord Ie 16 octobre 1960 a
RAIL CANADIEN • 522
to operate on Canadian Pacific Railway for many decades
by corporate edict.
Canadian National Railways continued to make
big steam power available, as it turned
out the September
4, 1960 trip was only the first of the end of steam trips.
Locomotives 6153 and 5107 were available through to
1962, No. 6167 to 1963 and the venerable No. 6218 until
1969. Locomotives 6167 and 6218 were shared
by
Torontos Upper Canada Railway Society, the CRHA and
other excursion operators. When operating out of
Montreal, they were deadheaded from Toronto in most
cases.
With the end
of branch line steam, the CRHA
operated its first diesel excursion on October 15, 1960 to
(you guessed it)
Huberdeau, Quebec. Motive power was
CNR No. 1914, unfortunately the weather was terrible so
few good photos
of this trip exist.
In the 1960 and 70s
the CRHA continued to
operate rail enthusiast excursions to various branch line
destinations
as well as the occasional major event
excursion partially geared to the public market. With big
power came large financial risks
as operating costs had
increased and deadhead costs were incurred meaning
more passengers were required to
break even. Publicity
became an essential element
of each excursion, especially
those geared to public participation. Main line
destinations behind
CNRs Northerns were limited to
Sherbrooke, Victoriaville, Ottawa, Garneau and the
Coteau-Can tic loop.
On the weekend of October 1 -2,
1966, the CRHA operated its first two day excursion – a
weekend fall foliage excursion to Portland, Maine
in co­
operation with the 470 Railroad Club.
The weather could
not have been
better making this was a most memorable
excursion.
Every major excursion was billed with such titles
as Tulip Festival, Fall Foliage, Maple Sugar Special, etc. in
order to gain general public ridership. This was serious
business and Stephen Walbridge,
our treasurer, kept the
trip committee on the straight and narrow.
The operation
of every excursion was a challenge, from the contract
negotiation, publicity, ticket selling, safety committee,
food
and snack bar operation, and destination
arrangements (charter busses, tours, etc.).
There was much nail biting as the final days
before an excursion played out. As always the weather
played
an important part in the ultimate success of each
excursion. Many people, especially the public held off to
hear
the weather predictions, or worse still, waited to see
the weather on the morning
of departure. A few
excursions were cancelled, this in itself created other
problems with last minute notification
of ticket holders,
dealing with morning of walk ups, refunding tickets, etc.
We were fortunate to gain the support of Gordie
Tapp, a well-known Montreal radio host on CFCF.
Gordie would plug our major excursions and offer tickets
9 JANVIER -FEVRIER 2008
destination de Sainte-Agathe, Que., avec la locomotive
du Canadien Pacifique numero 1270, puis Ie 6 novembre
de la
meme annee a destination de Saint-Lin, Que., avec
la locomotive de type 4-4-0 de la meme compagnie,
arborant
Ie numero 29. Cette derniere randonnee
commemorait Ie 75e anniversaire de la pose du dernier
crampon du
CPR. Ce fut la derniere locomotive a vapeur
utilisee sur
Ie reseau du Chemin de fer du Canadien
Pacifique
pendant de nombreuses decennies.
En ce qui concerne Ie Canadien National,
Iexcursion du 4 septembre 1960 netait en fait que la
premiere de plusieurs randonnees «
fin de la vapeur ».
On utilisa a cette fin les locomotives numeros 6153 et
5107 jusquen 1962, puis la numero 6167 jusquen 1963, et
enfin, la venerable 6218 jusquen 1969. Les locomotives
numeros 6167
et 6218 furent partagees par la Torontos
Upper Canada Railway Society, par lACHF et par
dautres organismes pour diverses excursions.
I..:ere de la vapeur etant revolue, I ACHF
organisa sa premiere excursion «diesel» Ie 15 octobre
1960 (vous avez devine!)
a destination dHuberdeau,
Que. I..:engin utilise a cette occasion fut Ie numero 1914
du CNR. Malheureusement,
a cause de la temperature
execrable de cette journee, peu de cliches ont ete pris de
l evenemen
t.
Dans Ies annees 1960 et 1970, IACHF continua
dorganiser des excursions sur des parcours varies,
et ce
pour les amateurs ferroviaires, mais aussi, dans Ie cas des
plus importantes,
pour Ie grand public. Ces projets
saccompagnerent cependant dun plus grand risque
financier, les coOts dexploitation ne cessant
daugmenter; il fallait accueillir un plus grand nombre de
passagers afin dequilibrer Ie budget tout en maintenant
un tarif abordable.
La publicite devint un element
essentiel pour chacune de ces excursions,
particulierement pour celles destinees au grand public.
Les destinations sur des voies principales utilisant la
Northern
du CNR etaient limitees a Sherbrooke,
Victoriaville, Ottawa,
Garneau et a la boucle Coteau­
Cantic.
Pendant la fin de semaine des 1er et 2 octobre
1966,
I ACHF organisa, en collaboration avec Ie 470
Railroad Club, une« excursion Feuillage dautomne »
a
destination de Portland, Maine. La temperature
exceptionnelle de cette journee contribua pleinement a la
reussite de
cette memorable excursion.
Toutes les excursions importantes furent
annoncees par des noms tels que« Festival des tulipes », «
Feuillage dau tomne
», « Special Temps des sucres », etc.,
afin dattirer la faveur du grand public. Cetait exigeant
pour
Ie comite des excursions – maintenu sur la corde
raide par Ie tresorier, Stephen Wallbridge. En effet,
lorganisation des excursions constituait chaque fois
un
defi a relever : negociations de contrats, publicite, vente
des billets,
equipe de securite, organisation des casse­
croOtes
et arrangements a destination (autobus nolises,
visites, etc.).
JANUARY -FEBRUARY 2008
Later excursion
printed ticket, several
card colours
were used,
tickets were pre­
numbered forfinancial
control and each
trip
destination was rubber
stamped in
4 spots on
each ticket. Excursion
tickets
were collected
by the train conductor
who then issued one
bulk ticket to the
CRHA, payment
to the
railway was made
by
CRHA check on the
spot. CRHA Archives,
FondAngus.
Ticket imprime ayant
selvi
lors dune des
dernieres excursions.
On utilisait des
CQltons
de differentes couleurs
et
les tickets etaient
numerotes afin de
faciliter la
comptabilite. Les
noms des destinations
etaient estampes it
quatre endroits sur Ie
billet. Les tickets
etaient recuperes par Ie
chef de train, lequel
remettait un releve
it
IACHF Un cheque
etait des
lors emis par
IACHF
it lendroit de
la compagnie de
chemin de fer.
ArchivesACHF, Fonds
Angus.
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A document seldom seen by the excursionists, the
official transportation advice issued
by the
railway and sent
to all affected by telex, in this
case Canadian National Railways for the
Saturday, May
24, 1975 trip to Ottawa. CRHA
Archives,
FondAngI-ls.
Voici un document bien connu des
excursionnistes : lavlS officiel emis par fa
compagnie de chemin de fer, en loccUJience Ie
CNR, pour la randonnee du samedi 24 mai 1975
it destination dOttawa. Archives ACHF, Fonds
Angus.
10 CANADIAN RAIL • 522
MILVP242
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MONTREAL QUE MAY 16, 1975 1435
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JI1 B:::AULIEII
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STAT IOII:1ASTf:H
INFO
BUREAU
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JO GAR IC:PY
BELLEVILLE
GB SWEEZEY
OTT A~A
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MIL MAIL. ….. .
NTL IAIL …… .
MTL 1·1AIL •••••••
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JP LABELLE
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G LANDRY PT ST CHAS
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TA 0 STL 191-75
ACCT n CANADIAN RR HIST ASSOC SPCL TRN ENHOUT£ FRO!1 MTL TO OTTAM
AND RETURN SAT MAY 24 STOP
ALL CONCERNED ARRANGE TOPROTECT !10VE IN LINE WITH THE fOLLOWING DETAILS
EQUI PtiENT .
ONE DIESEL UliLT (NJ 6758 OR 6759)
ONE BAGGAGE CAR
FOUR AC COACHCS
S::HEDULE: SATURDAY ~iIy 24
GOING
LV MONTREAL
LV DORVAL
LV COTEAU
AR !100SECREEK
LV MOOSECREEK
AR OTT hWA
HET URN IN G
0905 HRS (ENTRAINING)
0925 HRS (ENTRAINING)
0955 .
(40.3) 1035 HRS (RUNPASTl
(40.3) 1055 HRS (RUNPASTl
1200 HRS (DETRAINING)
lB15 HVRS (ENTRAINING)
2000 llP.S ClETRAIllJilGl
2020 HRS iDETRAINING)
I_V OTTAt~A
AR DORVAL
AI: NornllEAL
PASSE1lG~HS: GROUP nLL BE NUI1B APPROX 250 PSGRS WlTH !-In FilED ANGUS
IN CHARGE.
ONE Cil ISGR REP IJILL ACCQMPANY THIS TRAIN STOP
TICKETS EACII PSGR ·;ILL·BE Jiol POSSESSION OF SPCL C R
COVERING TI!:,
ROUIID niIP JOURNEY SAI1E WILL BE PICKED
WHO WILL 8E GIV:::II A Bl..CGK TICI{ET ISSUED BY IHL GENT
TOTAL cown OF PSGR CARRIED ON THC Ti~AIII
H A TICKET
UP OY TRA IN CONDUCTG
STN COVERJlIG Till
!1INJIolUN GUAllMITEE Ci ~2716.20 COLLECTED BY !o1TL CENT STN OfFICE
STEPPING BOXES: EACH VEsrrCULE COACH MUST HAVe: A STEPPING BOX
.5TOP HEALS NIL
BAGE CAR SAGE CAR MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH PROTECTIVE -GUARDS-PLACED
ACROSS THE SIDE DOORS IN ORDER THAT TH~Y MAY BE LlFT OPS!l Foa PHOTO
PURPOS~S STOP
RE MARK~ IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ALL EQUIPMENT ASSIGNED FOR
TillS EXCURSION lIlCLUDHIG DIESEL UNIT TO BE VERY CLEAtIED. STOP
CRHA SAFETY CO:oJI1ITTEE
QUOTED BELOW ARC: INSTRUCTIONS TO llE FOLLO.ED BY ALL THOSE /HO VlLL ACT
ON TilE Stir-En cml·lnTE[ ON Dt::HALF OF C R II A FOR HIE ROUND TRIP 110VENENT
our IES:
ALL PERSONNEL I.II.L BE ASSIGNED A VESTIBULE OTHCR THAN. THE HF.AD OR
REAR END, .HERE TRAIN CnD! WILL BE 011 DUTY THEY WILL EllDEAVOUR
TO PRO:1OTE S~FE PRACTICE AT THAT V;;:S718ULE THROUGHOUT THE TRIP.
SAFEn corlllln£~ ~IZIr,BEI1S IIILL SUPPL~~I!,NT THE TRAIN CREI~ I II TIt[ FOLLOWING
F ASH ION:
(J) SEE THAT ALL PSGRS SNTnAIN AND DETRAIN SAFELY AND THAT NO ONE
DETRAINS OiHER THAN AT LISTED RUNPAST
(8) OPEN DOORS FOR DETR~INING AND KEEP ALL OUTSIDE DOORS CLOSED
.. AT OTHER T1I1ES THE TOP HALF OF DOORS MAY 9E OPENED FOR PHOTOS
WHILE THE TRAIN IS IN OPEJlIT!Oli
(3) WHEN THE SIGNAL IS GIVEN AFTER PHOTO STOP TO ENTRAIN ASK ALL
PSGRS TO EflTRAIN QUICKLY SO WE IMY KEEP ON THlE
(4) SAFETY COl1!oJlTT£C: MEI1BERS MUST NOT GIVE ANY SI GlIAL; REGARDING
THE OP:O:RA1IOH OF THE TRAlii
(5) 9[ COURTEOUS BUT BE FJR;1 TO ENDORSE St~E PRACTlCSS
REI1ARKS. IT IS IMPERAT IVE THAT SCHEDULE Be: ,V,AHITAIllED THROUGHOUT AND
ALL CONCERNED ARE REQUESTED TO RENDER TI~ VERY BESI OF ATTENTION TO
ALL DETAILS INVOLVED IN THIS MOVEMENT
PROTECT GL 44-2-23.
JF A LEVASSEUR nt1PSS MTLCM
JANUARY -FEBRUARY 2008
as prizes on his show. He was responsible for many
additional riders in
the 1960s and 70s. Every rider was
canvassed to
become a member of the CRHA, or at least
have their
name added to a mailing list for notification of
future excursions (this in a pre-computer era). Another
supporter was Mike Stephens of CJAD. He hosted
various
CRHA members on some of his phone in shows
over
the years dealing with steam and streetcar memories.
This would lead into a
promo for an upcoming excursion.
In the late sixties and early seventies rail
passenger service was dwindling, heavyweight cars
were
being withdrawn from service and various new paint
schemes had been introduced by both Canadian National
(white with black trim) and
Canadian Pacific (aluminium
with red trim).
The excursion committee and the railways
went to great lengths to assemble trains in the traditional
CNR green and gold and CPR tuscan red paint schemes.
In many cases, we gave
the railway a list of car numbers
that had been scouted to be in the traditional colours to
marshal excursion trains.
June
21, 1970. CPR Budd car charter alTives at the Canadian
Railway Museum. Passengers will transfer to ex
CNR oil­
electric
15824 for the short ride to Hays. Participants will enjoy
a day
at the museum and an afternoon BBQ. CRHAArchives,
FondAngus.
21 juin 1970. Lautorail Budd du CPR mTive au Musee
felToviaire canadien. Les passagers vont transferer vers
Ie
15824 du CNR pour une cOUlte randonnee vels Ie Hays. Ces
participants profiteront dune journee
au Musee avec BBQ en
apres-midi. ArchivesACHF, FondsAngus.
11 CANADIAN RAIL • 522
II y avait beaucoup de tension chez les
organisateurs dans les
jours precedant Iexcursion. Cest
la temperature qui determinait pour une grande part Ie
succes de chacune. Les gens, surtout Ie grand public,
suivaient assidument les predictions
de la meteo et
reportaient souvent au matin meme du depart leurs
decisions dy participer
ou pas. Quelques excursions
furent ainsi annulees, obligeant les organisateurs
a
accomplir des demarches Ie matin meme pour rejoindre
les
detenteurs de billets afin de les rembourser.
Nous avions la
chance detre appuyes par Gordie
Tapp, un annonceur populaire du poste de radio CFCF de
lepoque. Gordie ne manquait pas une occasion
dannoncer nos excursions majeures et offrait meme des
billets com
me prix au cours de son emission. II fut
responsable
dune augmentation importante du nombre
dexcursionnistes dans les annees 1960 et 1970. De plus,
chaque voyageur etait sollicite par lACHF afin de
devenir membre, ou du moins, dinscrire son nom sur une
liste denvoi pour les futures excursions (ceci bien avant
Iere
de linformatique!). Mike Stephens, de CJAD, nous
aidait lui aussi.
Pendant plusieurs
annees, il invita des
membres de IACHF a
participer a des
conversations
telephoniques,
discutant de souvenirs
du temps de la
vapeur
ou de tramways pour
ensuite faire la
promotion dune
excursion a venir.
A la fin des
annees 1960 et
pendant
les annees 1970, les
services ferroviaires
aux passagers
diminuerent peu a peu;
on retira du service les
voitures lourdes
(modeles anciens a six
essieux)
et de nouvelles
livrees furen t
creees
pour les voitures du
Canadien National (blanc et noir) et du Canadien
Pacifique (aluminium avec une ban de rouge). Le comite
des excursions
et les compagnies de chemins de fer firent
du mieux quils
purent pour assembler des trains avec des
Iivrees
originales, soit Ie vert
et noir avec bande or pour Ie
CNR et Ie rouge tuscan pour Ie CPR. Souvent, nous
remettions a lentreprise de chemin de fer les numeros
des voitures
que nous avions denichees et arborant les
couleurs traditionnelles, afin quelles soient
selectionnees pour nos excursions.
RAIL CANADIEN • 522
Overall, the operation of excursions was a great
success. Considerable profits were realized over the
years and these were directed to the building
of the
Canadian Railway Museum. Ridership in the 1960 and
70s on those excursions geared to the public was in the
500 to 700 passenger range.
We topped out on April 7,
1973 at some 1200 passengers carried
on the then annual
St. Albans, VT Maple Sugar Special. This trip was a
logistical nightmare! Some
25 local school busses were
chartered to bring riders to seven maple sugar shacks in
the St. Albans area, plus rotate through a church
basement on a staggered basis for lunch. This was the
largest excursion train ever operated
by the CRHA; it
consisted
of3 diesel units and 14 cars.
By 1977 CRHA excursion activity was grinding
to a halt. Many interesting branch lines had been
abandoned, the older rolling stock had been retired, there
were insurance issues and prices had increased to the
point where the risk
of losing money was too great. The
final death knell for CRHA excursions came when VIA
took over
CNR passenger service in 1977 and CPR in
1978. Thereafter the cost of chartering a train became
prohibitively expensive.
After the
CRHA gave up organizing excursions,
the Saint Lawrence Valley Division took up the torch.
They organized
numerous excursions to museum
operations within driving distance
of Montreal, and at
least two group fare excursions organized
in conjunction
with the
By town Railway Society of Ottawa. Members
rode the last train to Maniwaki, Quebec before the line
was cut back to Wakefield, and an excursion on the
Thurso and Nation Valley Railway, a logging railway that
operated in the Gatineau. These were memorable
excursions.
LIST OF POST WORLD WAR II
EXCURSIONS
The following list of post World War II
excursions
has been compiled by Peter:Murphy from
various sources including: Board
of Directors Minutes,
Annual Trip Committee Reports, past issues
of the
-•
CRHA News Report and Canaclian Rail, ticket stubs
discovered
in Fred Angus collection and-dates,on
slides from various collections.
It has been ·checkedby
Ronald Ritchie against Ernie Modlers meticulous logs
which date
to 1967. If information is unknown the
12 JANVIER -FEVRIER 2008
Ces excursions eurent un grand succes. Les
profits considerables realises tout au long de ces annees
furent invest
is dans la construction du Musee du chemin
de fer canadien. Pendant les annees 1960 et 1970, on
comptait de 500
ii 700 participants aux excursions ciblees
pour Ie grand public. Mais Ie 7 avril 1973, ce sont plus de
1200 passagers qui voyagerent
ii bord du « special Temps
des sucres»
ii destination de Saint-Albans, au Vermont.
Quel cauchemar que la logistique de cette randonnee!
Plus de
25 autobus scolaires de la region furent nolises
pour transporter tous ces gens vers les cabanes ii sucre de
la region, puis, en rotation, vers
Ie sous-sol dune eglise
pour
Ie lunch. Ce fut Ie train Ie plus imp os ant jamais
utilise
pour une excursion de IACHF; il etait constitue
de trois locomotives diesels tirant plus de 14 voitures.
Puis,
en 1977, les excursions de I ACHF
cesserent. Plusieurs tron<;:ons interessants furent
abandonnes, Iancien materiel roulant retire, puis
Ie cout
des assurances
et les frais dexploitation augmenterent au
point que
Ie risque de deficit financier devenait trop
eleve. Le coup de grace? Quand Via Rail prit en charge
Ie
service passager du CN en 1977 et du CP en 1978 …
Apres ceia, les couts daffretement de trains devinrent
demesures.
Apres Iabandon des excursions par IACHF, la
division de la Vallee du Saint-Laurent reprit
Ie flambeau.
Elle organisa des excursions vers des musees
ii des
distances accessibles
par route de Montreal; au moins
deux forfaits furent offerts en collaboration avec la
By town Railway Society of Ottawa. Les membres eurent
Ioccasion de voyager sur
Ie dernier train ii destination de
Maniwaki, Que., avant que la Iigne ne soit amputee
jusqu
ii Wakefield, puis sur la ligne de Thurso & Nation
Valley Railway, une entreprise de chemin de fer forestier
de
la region de Gatineau. Ce furent Iii des excursions
memorables.
LISTE DES EXCURSIONS DAPRES
GUERRE(2e guerre)
Cetteliste des excursions, qui ont eu lieu apres
la Deuxieme Guer:re mondiale, a ete compilee
par
Peter Murphy dapres plusieuls sources dinformations
incIuant. : des comptes rendus du ConseiI
dadministration, lesr51Pports annuels du Comite des
excursions, danciens numeros du News Report
et du
Canadian Rail de IACHF, des talons de billets,
aecouverts dans
lei collection de Fred Angus et des
inscriptions de dates
sur des diapositives de divers
collections, Tout cela·a
ete verifie par Ronald Ritchie
en comparant meticuleusement les carnets de notes de

Ernie Modlers datant de 1967. Si certaines
-informations so:
nt manqll-antes, des espaces sont en
,blanc. Les corrections, ajouts ou suppressions ii cette
listesont bienvenues;,
RAIL CANADIEN • 522 13 JANVIER -FEVRIER 2008
No. Date Co. Train Equipment Destination Special Event
Aug.
7, 1948. MTC Charter Suburban 1054 Noordyn / Cartierville First excursion using chartered equipment
2 May 14, 1949, MTC Charter Observation 3 Mountain / Mt. Royal
3
Oct. 30, 1949.
MTC Charter Suburban 1042 Lachine
4 May 24, 1950. NYC 22-2,3-33 4543 + others Childwold, NY Visit Grasse River RR Corp.
5 Aug. 5, 1950.
MTC Charter Birney 200 Frontenac, Cote St. Farewell route 95
6
Oct. 1, 1950.
CNR Charter Oilelect.15837 Huberdeau First CRHA railroad charter excursion
7 Feb. 18, 1951.
M&SC Charter Suburban 107 Granby, QC First M&SC charter excursion
8
May 31, 1951.
CPR Tr.463 Steam 1228 Park Ave. Station Last train to depart Place Viger Stn.
9
June 10, 1951. CNR Charter Oil elect. 15837 Quebec via Garneau
10 May 17, 1952. MTC Charter Observation 4 Mountain & Lachine
11 June 1, 1952. CNR-A&D Charter Oil elect. 15837 Asbestos, QC Visit Asbestos and Danville RR, loco 47
12 Oct. 5, 1952.
CNR Charter Steam 5292 Huberdeau, QC Fall foliage excursion
13 Nov. 22, 1952. MTC Charter Tram 859 Montreal North Last run 703 class car
14 Mar. 14, 1953. MTC Charter Duplex 2501 Garland & Cote St. Last rtlll duplex articulated car
15 June 6, 1953. CNR Wayfreight Steam 2591 St. Hyacinthe, QC St. Rosalie wayfreight, coach added
16 Oat. 3, 1953. MTC Charter Birney 200 Youville Shop
17 Oct. 4, 1953. MTC Charter 1laining 1177 Lachine
18
Oct. 30, 1954.
MTC Charter 1555-1664,2 car Irain Montreal North Last MTC two car train
19 April 30, 1955. MTC Charter Birney 200 Bois Franc Road
20 May 1,1955. M&SC Charter Suburban-107 Ste. Angcle, QC
21 June 19, 1955. M&SC Tr.128-129 Suburban 326 Montreal South Last M&SC car from McGill Street Stn.
22 June 25, 1955. MTC Charier Tram 1981 C des Neiges/Wsml. Blvd. . Farewell route 65 and 14
23 Oct. 1,1955. MTC Charter Suburban 1046 Mtl. North & Cartierville
24 Oct. 2, 1955. CNR Charter Steanr674 Rawdon, QC Fall foliage excursion
25 May 12, 1956. M&SC Charter Interurban 607 Ste. Angele, QC
26 June 2, 1956. M&SC Chartel Suburban 104 & 102 Ste. Angele, QC
27 June 3, 1956. MTC Charter Tram 997 George V loop
28 Sept. 1, 1956. MTC Charter Tram1317 St.Catherine St. Farewell St. Catherine Sf. trams
29 Sept. 3, 1956, MTC Pageant Tram 997 & 274 St. Catherine Sl. End of St. Catherine St. trams pageant
;30 Sept. 29, 1.956. MTC Charter Subu-rbanl046 Lachine
31 Sept. 30, 1956. CPR Charter Sicam 2580 & 489 . _Sutton, QC Fall foliage excursion
32
Oct.
13, 1956 ..
M&SC Chader . Suburban 104 Ste. Angele,QC . Farewell to M&SC
33 April 13, 1957, CPR Charter ROC 9106 & 9067 Cornwall, ON Visit St. Lawrence Seaway
34
June 23, 1957. MTC Charter lhm 274 Notre Damc-St./ George V Farewell Notre Dame St. Trams· .
35 Sep. 22,1957. MTC Charter Tool car 3200 Cartierville & Youville Youville shop tour
36 Oct. 5, 1957; MTC Charter Observation 1 Mountain& Lachine Farewell Moluntain linelrams Route II & 93
37 Oct. 6, 1957. CPR Charter Steam 2467 Labelle, QC Fall foliage excursion
38
Nov. 2,1957.
MTC Charter Tram 997 . Lachine & Garland Farewell tram routes 48 & 31
39 Dec. 14, 1957. OTC Charter Tram 1003 & 685 Britannia & Lindenlea First Ottawa streetcar trip
40
Dec. 15, 1957.
MTC Charter. Birney 200 Mtl. North & Cartierville
41 Feb. 23, 1958. MTC Charter Tram 2222 Ontario & Papineau RetiJement of motorman H. Heider
42 Mardi 2, 1958. OTC Charter Tram 855 Britannia, Bank, Coburg
43 March 29, 1958. MTC Charter Suburban 1046 Cartierville & Lachine
44
March 30, 1958. CNR Charter Steam 1165 & 1391 Caritic, QC Circle trip via HawkesbuIY
45
June 8, 1958. MTC Charter PCC 3514 Lachine
46
June 21, L958. MTC Charter . Biriley 200 Ontario & Davidson. Farewell tei Ontario, Davidson, Rachel
47 July 13, 1958.
MTC Charter Open 8 Montreal North First trip with No.8 after restoration
48
. July
19,1958. MTC Charter Obselvation No. I Rosemont & Cartielville
49 Aug. 3, 1958.
MTC Charter Open 8 Lachine
50 Aug. 10, .1958. MTC C~arter Suburban i046 Lachule F~rewell to Lachine, trams route 91
51 Aug. 24, 1958. MTC Charter Tram 1317 BleUlY, Outremont Farewell Bleury, Outremont street trams
52
S~p. 13,1958. QR!–&P Charter Interurban 401 SUoachim.QC First enthu~iast-charter trip on QRL&P .
53 Oct. 4, 1958.
CPR Charter Steam 2663 St. Gabriel de Brandon Fall foliage excursion
54
OCt. 5,.1958. CNR Charter Steam5702 Garneau,OC FalI foliage excursion
55 Dec. 15, 1958.
OTC Charter Tram 1002 Bank, Preston, Britannia
56
March 15, 1959. QRL&P Chalter lmecurban 401 & !O5 Srt. Joachim, QC Farewell to QRL&P
57 April 12, 1959. MTC Charter Tram 1339 Montreal North
58 April 19, 1959. 7
MTC Charter lIanr180i Montreal North
59 April 23,1959. MTC Charter Open 8 Montreal North
60
April 261959. MTC Charter Tram 2009 Montreal North
61 April 26, 1959. MTC Charter Open 8 & 1046 Montreal North Farewell to Millen & Montreal North
62 . May 2,1959. OTC Chmter 1lam 859 Georg~ Loop & Britannia . Farewell Pageant forOttava streetcars
63 May 10, 1959. CNR Charter Steam 90 & 2649 Belleville to Bancroft. ON CRHA & UCRS joint excursion
64
June 7,1959. MTC Charter 1lam1864 Cartierville
65 June 21, 1959. MTC Charter Tram 1699 Cartierville
66
June 28, 1959. MTC Charter 1l·amJ864. CartieIville Farewell 10 Gartierville
67 Aug. 9, 1959,
MTC Charter Tram 1976 Papineau & Rosemount

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CRHA Excursions
Photo gallery
Stan J. Smaill
French Version, Michel Lortie
In this issue we are pleased to present a look back
at
CRHA excursions through the years. We had a difficult
time whittling down almost one hundred excellent
excursion slides to those we present in this issue. We
thank Ms. Josee Vallerand,
CRHA Archivist, and Mr.
Ronald Ritchie for
their help in the selection of slides and
photos presented in this CRHA Excursions Photo gallery.
August 7, 1948. World War II is over and things are
getting back to normal. The CRHA has
recommenced its activities and the Association
charte
rs Montreal Transportation Commission
training car 1 054 for a trip around town and out to the
Noordyn
Loop which branched off the Cart ie/ville
line. This loop was
very active during the war serving
the workers at the Canadair
and Noordyn aviation
plants. The 1054 was formerly No. 101
of the
Montreal Tetminal Railway
and was converted to a
training car with glass panels in the floor to view the
mechanical workings,
it was retired in 1949. This
photo shows the excursion at the corner of LaUl7er
and ParkA ve. Ronald S. Ritchie
16 CANADIAN RAIL • 522
Galerie de photo des
excursions de
I ACHF
Par Stan J. Sma iII
Traduction: Michel Lortie
Nous sommes heureux de vous donner Ioccasion
ici de revoir des photos de certaines excursions de
IACHF.
Le choix fut difficile a faire parmi la centaine de
tres belles photos prises
par les participants lors de ces
randonnees. Nous tenons
a remercier Josee Vallerand,
archiviste de
I ACHF, pour laide apportee a cette
selection.
7 aoat 1948. La guen·e est fin ie, la vie revient ala normale. L ACHF peut recommencer ses activites. Elle nolise la voiture-ecole
No 1054 de la CTM pour une ballade en ville jusquau te/minus Noordyn de lembranchement Cmtie/ville. Ce te/minus fut tres
actif durant la guerre, car il a ccueilla it les travailleurs des usines daviation de la Canadair et de Noordyn. La voiture No 1054 est
lancienne voiture
No 101 de la Montreallbminal Railway, qui Jut convertie en voiture-ecole. Son plancher consistait en un
panneau de verre qui pe/mettait de voirle fonctionnement de la mecanique en mouvement. Elle Jut mise au rancmt en 1949.
Cette
photo a ete prise au coin de la nte LaUl7er et de lavenue du Parc, a Montreal. Photo: Ronald S. Ritchie
Octoberl, 1950.
TheCRHAtakesitsnextplunge, the
chmtering
of a railroad excursion. The Association
chartered
CNR oil-electric car 15837 and coach for a
tour up the scenic Montfort subdivision to
Huberdeau, Qc. Little did these early excursionists
know that 57 years later we would be looking back at
some 160 CRHA excursions having been operated!
This
photo is of that first railroad charter on the trestle
at Inte/vale, just south
of Huberdeau. CRHA
Archives, Fond Toohey.
1er octobre 1950. L
ACHF prend le risque de noliser lautomotrice petrole!electrique No 15837 du CN ainsi quun wagon de
passagers
pour une excursion de Montfott a Huberdeau, au Quebec. On ne se doutait pas ace moment-la que 57 ans plus tard,
lACHF aurait a son actif 160 excursions. Cette photo montre notre premiere excursion en chemin de fer sur le pont a chevalet
dInte/vale,
unpeuau sud de Huberdeau.ArchivesACHF, Fonds Toohey.

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Continued from page 15
Every Excursion had an event!
It never failed, there was always some event
(often humorous)
that set the tone for almost evelY
excursion, some are still talked about today! A few
examples:
Oct.
5, 1952. at Sixteen Island Lake, Quebec,
the track runs beside the road and the lake where there
are wharfs and boats tied up to serve the cottagers who
have no road access.
CNR 5292 and train are stopped
for a photo shoot, Jack Beatty takes up his position on
the wharf and a gust of wind blows his trademark
bowler
hat into the lake. Jack instinctively jumps into a
rowboat, unties and shoves off. Reaching for the oars,
he finds there are none and the train was delayed
by 20
minutes! He wasnt so lucky on at least two other trips
where
his hat was never recovered, including once
when it was blown into the Rideau Canal at Smiths
Falls, Ontario.
March 10, 1973. The legendaJY Jack
Beatty, CPR Passenger Representative,
long time CRHA membel; Director and
stOlY teller (without his patent bowler
hat, but with his cigar) at Montebe
llo,
Qc. on the Association ,s CPR excursion
from Montreal to Ottawa
via the
Lachute Sub.,
Stan! Smail!.
10 mars
1973. Le legendaire Jack
Beatty, representant du CPR, section
passagers,
tres longtemps membre de
IACHF, directeur et conteur dhistoires
(sans son celebre chapeau melon)
a
Montebello, Que., tors dune excursion
de Montreal
a Ottawa via LCichute.
Stan! Smail!.
Newfoundland, 1956. One engine took water
when
two of em otter, not an official CRHA trip, but
this one
is too good to pass up .. A group of CRHA .
members went to Newfoundland to bid farewell to the
Newfie Bullet. . Forster Kemp was busy
photographing the first of a pair of double headed
steam locomotives watering.
He waited as the train
advanced, expecting them to water the second engine,
however the train kept going!
The second engine
didnt need water. Forster had to taxi to
Deer Lake to
re-board! .
June
23, 1957, the only excursion run with
MSR 274 (first piece of rolling stock donated to the
CRHA) operated on Notre Dame Street the day after
service on this
thoroughfare was discontinued.
Heading west along Wellington Street, the car drifted
under a section breaker only to find that the power had
been shut off on the western circuit. Numerous photos
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ravitaillement chez plusieurs grossistes. Les
sandwiches,
par exemple, faisaient Iobjet dune
commande speciale et on devait les recuperer
Ie matin
meme de la randonnee. Le service de casse-croute
genera cependant des profits substantiels pour
I ACHF tou tau long de ces annees. .
Un incident a cbaque excursion!
Inevitablement, il se produisait quelques
incidents (parfois droles) dans la
plupart des
excursions, dont certains demeurent encore des sujets
dactualite! Quelques exemples:
Le 5 octobre 1952, au lac des Seize-lIes, Que.,
la voie suivait la route, puis Ie lac. II y avait la des quais
auxquels etaient amarrees des embarcations
desservant les chalets nayant pas de chemin dacces.
Le train, tire
par la locomotive CNR numero 5292,
etait
arrete pour des prises de photos. Jack Beatty
sinstalla sur un quai … et soudain
une bourrasque
souffla son chapeau melon veq; Ie lac.
Instinctivement, iI sauta a bord dune chaloupe, la
detacha
et la poussa au large pour se rendre compte …
quil ny avait pas de rames, ce qui retard a finalement
Ie depart du train de
20 minutes! II netait pas
chanceux : a Ioccasion dau moins deux autres
ran donnees, son chapeau disparut de
fa<;on similaire,
dont cette fois ou
il senvola dans Ie canal Rideau a
Smiths Falls,
ant.
1956. Une locomotive, et non deux fait Ie
plein deau! Ce nest pas ici une randonnee ;fficielle
de IACHF, mais on
ne peut passer sous silence
Ievenement…
Un groupe de membres de lACHF
vient ce jour-Ia souligner Iadieu du Newfie Bullet.
Forster Kemp prend des cliches de la premiere
dune
paire de locomotives faisant Ie plein deau. II attend
que Ie train avance, croyant que la deuxieme
locomotive fera aussi
Ie plein, rna is voila que Ie train
.. continue a avancer, puisque la deuxieme locomotive …
na pas besoin deau! Forster devra prendre un taxi
jusqua
Deer Lake pourremontera bordo
23 juin 1957. Le tramway MSR 274 (premier
vehicule donne a IACHF) fut utilise
pour une seule
excursion. Ce jour-la,
il roula rue Notre-Dame au
lendemain du retrait
de service de ce tron<;on. Se
dirigeant vers Iouest
Ie long de la rue Wellington, il
passa sous un disjoncteur de section et constata alors
que
Ie courant avait ete coupe d<,)hS Ie secteur ouest. ..
On a plusieurs photos de passagers poussant Ie
tramway vers une section ou Ie ciible suspendu etait
alimente afin
de Ie diriger vers la rue Peel, puis en
direction est! Le tramway 274 fut utilise une derniere
fois a Ioccasioh du defile de tramways de Montreal Ie
30
aout 1959.
JANUARY -FEBRUARY 2008
exist of the passengers pushing the car back under the
live wire so it could be short turned at Peel Street and
head back east!
Car 274 would again be operated on
August 30,1959 in
the final Montreal streetcar parade.
July 22, 1961,
the Bulls Head Trip, so named
because
of the Bulls Head ginger ale loaded on board
at Richmond, QC. Bulls
Head is a locally famous 110
year old ginger ale product manufactured in
Richmond.
The Bulls Head stop became a regular
feature on all
fu ture excursions operating through
Richmond.
May 27, 1962,
the CRHA organized a group
fare to ride regular scheduled train No.
99 to Lac Remi,
QC. This was
the last train to operate over the popular
Montfort subdivision, lifting
of the rails commenced
on Monday morning May 29. Running about an
hour
and a half late northbound out of Morin Heights, we
asked the conductor if we could have a runpast.
He
looked at his pocket watch and said what the hell,
were an hour and a half
late now, why not, and so we
did. This was the only runpast ever held on a regula
rly
scheduled train that we know of!
June 6, 1964, Riding the gondola car added to
the Hemmingford wayfreight, a passerby asked
what
was going on? We told him we had purchased red fare
tickets to Hemmingford!
Remember the red, white
and blue fare
promotion when the red days had the
cheapest fares.
June
6, 1964. A bona fide CNR
mixed, at the south end of the
Victoria Bridge in the charge
of CNR
MLW RSC-13 1719 is the
Associations excursion to
Hemmingford, Qc. Extra 1719
South will cross the
CNR Valleyfield
sub at Barrington, Q
c. Shortly
thereafter the old Canada Atlantic
station will be
moved by truck to its
present location at Exprorail.
Imagine trying to convince
CN to
run such an excursion today! Ronald
Ritchie.
March 21, 1970,
the horse car trip, so named
because the baggage car, which had been selected
because of its tuscan red livery, was (unbeknownst to
us) used
to transport horses. It took days to get the
smell out of your clothes, pity those who had allergies!
May 12, 1973, Canadian National Railwa
ys
had just received their most powerful diesels, the 2300
series. We arranged to have
our Ottawa special pulled
by one of these (2333) and billed the trip accordingly.
30 CAIlADIAIl RAIL • 522
22 juillet 1961. Randonnee du Bulls Head,
amSI nommee parce quune cargaison de boissons
gazeuses au gingembre de marque Bulls
Head etait
chargee a bord, a Richmond, Que.
Cette boisson
etait fabriquee deja depuis 110 ans a Richmond.
I.:arret Bulls
Head fut une attraction pour toutes les
autres
ran donnees passant par Richmond.
27
mai 1962. I.:ACHF organisa une
randonnee avec Ie train numero 99 a destination de
Lac-Remi,
Que. Ce fut Ie dernier voyage sur la sous­
division
Monfort puisque Ie retrait des rails debuta Ie
matin du 29 maio Malgre un retard dune heure trente
au nord de Morin-Heights, no us avons quand meme
ose demander au chef de train un passage photo
(runpast). II regarda sa montre et dit: «Pourquoi pas,
diable! Nous avons de
toute fa<;;on une heme trente de
retard », et ainsi fut fait. Ce fut Ie seul passage photo, a
notre connaissance, qui eut lieu sur un train regulier.
6 juin 1964.
Un passant, nous voyant a bord
d
un wagon tombereau accroche au train de
marchandises de Hemmingford, nous demanda ce que
nous y faisions. Nous lui avons repondu que no us
avions achete des bille
ts de passage « rouges ».
Souvenez-vous de la promotion bleu, blanc, rouge : les
jours rouges etaient les plus economiques …
6 juin 1964. Photo, prise a
lextremite sud du pont Victoria, du
train
1719 du CNR tire par une
MLW RSC-13, lors dune excursion
OIganisee de
« bonne foi » par
lAssociation et Ie CNR vers
Hemingford, Que.
L extra 1719 Sud
traversera bientot la sous-division
Valleyfield
a Barrington, Que.
Imaginez dessayer de convaincre
aujourdhui
Ie CN de faire une telle
randonnee!
Un peu plus tard, la
vieille station Ban·ington du Canada
Atlantic sera demenagee
par camion
vers son site actuel, a ExpOl·ail
21 mars 1970. La « randonnee en voiture a
cheval
», ainsi nommee a cause du fourgon a bagages
selectionne
en fonction de sa livree rouge tuscan,
servait
normalement (a notre insu) pour Ie transport
de chevaux. eodeur persista pendant des jours sur nos
vetements, au grand dam des personnes qui y etaient
allergiques!
12 mai 1973.
Le Canadien National venait
tout juste dacquerir lune de ses plus puissantes
locomotives diesels, la serie 2300. Nous avons fait
en
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The unit failed on the lakeshore and after a substantial
delay the train was hauled to Ottawa
by two yard
switchers that had been sent out from Taschereau yard
and coupled up ahead
of a dead 2333! Top speed of the
switchers was only about
40 MPH and OTC busses for
the tulip tour were waiting
in Ottawa. This was not one
of our better excursions!
May 12, 1973. The big diesel that couldnt. Twin
SW12000RS shavepiloted the CRHA spring excursionto
Ottawa afterthe higAlco
failedleaving MontreaI.Ot((lwa
Iiansportation Commission
buses await thepassengets .
of the deiayed e.xcursion train from Monti-eal for ct tulip
festival tow: Canadian Nationctl GP-40 4014 is in charge
of theretwn movement of the ill fated trip from Montreal.
All three phO/OSf CRHAArchives,FondAngus. .
February 23; 1974; CPR Excursion to
Shawinigal}
via: Trois Rivieres.This was Dilled· as a
Snow Excursion and
we didnt disappoibt, the trip was
held
in a, blizzard with whifeout conditions! A g()od
time was
had by all especially in view of the fact that a
private car bi-ought up the rear!
On
one excursion to Ottawa, the snack car
developed a hot box and
hadto be switched out of the
train and lett
in a siding. That was an excursion that
the snack car volunteers will never forget,try moving··
food and snaGks for 500 people onamoments notice to
occupied coaches!
. October
17, 1977, Central Vermont charter to .
. . .
31
RichfordVT arrives in St. Albans and as usual all the-
local restaurants are inundated with rail enthusiasts;
Service was slow (despite pre-warning of the
excursion) and
our safety committee was almost left
behind at the Black Cat Cafe. They had assumed that
.
the moving train was switching, when in fact it was
departing! .
JANVIER -FEVRIER 2008
sorte que Ie train de notre randonnee speciale
dOttawa soit tire
par lune delles, la numero 2333, et
nous avons publicise Ievenement comme tel. Mais
voila queHe tomba en panne! Apres
une longue
attente, deux locomotives de manceuvre du triage de
Taschereau vinrent a la rescousse pour amener
Ie train
a destination.
La vitesse maximale des locomotives de
manceuvre netait que
d~environ 40 mph (64 km/h) et
les autobus de
lOTC no us attendaient patiemment a
Ottawa pour la tournee du Festival des tulipes. Ce ne
fut pas notre meilleure excursion!
12 mai 1973 .. Le gros diesel en panne. Deux SW1200 RS
amenent les excursionnistesprintaniers vels Ottawa apres
que la
grosseAlco a flanche enquittant Montreal. Les
4.utobus de la Ottawa Transportation Commission
attendentles voyageurs pour la tournee du Festival des
tulipes. C
estla GP-40 numeJ-o 4014 du CN qui se
chargeId de ramener les passagers
a Montreal. Iiois
photos desArchives de IACHF, FondsAngus.
23 fevrierJ974. Excursion vers Shawinigan via
Trois-Rivieres.
Elleetait annoncee comme « excursion
de neige» et nous navQnspas etede<;us, ayant frappe ...
un. blizzard.· Tous ·opt eu du bon temps,
particulierementceUx: qui, instlilles·sur la plateforme de .
1a
voiturede fonction accrochee a Iarriere du train,
eurent
Ie privilege dune vue imprenable de la tempete!
. Lors
dune des excursions vets Ottawa, une
boite chauqe fut detectee sur
Ie boggiede la voiture
·casse-croute et celle-ci
duetre aiguillee sur une voie
d6vitement. • Cetteexcursion demeura longtemps dans
la memoire des benevoles de la voitU1:e casse-croute, qui
durent transporJer les
repaset Ies collations pour les
quelque 500persoilOes a bord
deS voitures coach!
17 octobre1977. Le trainnolise du Central
Vermont a destination de Richford arriva
a Saint­
Albans et,
c6mme. preVl, tous les restaurants de la
localite. furent envahis
par les excursionnistes. Le
selvicefut lent bien °que lei; restaurateurs aient ete
prevenus; les
membresde Iequipe desecurite, bien
installes au Bhlck Cat Cafe, furent presque oublies. lis
virent
soudaink train bougeret crurent un instant que·
celui-ci executait des manceuvres daiguilJage, mais en
fait,
il repartait!
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June 5, 1971. Apple Blossom Special anives at Waterloo, Qc., headed up by
CNR 3900, 6750 will lead on the return trip after the run-around movement.
The dual service station selved the
CNR and CPR line which crossed to St.
Guillaume. The manually operated protection signal was donated to the CRHA
and now protects the diamond at BalTington station. CRHA Archives, Fond
Murphy.
5 juin
1971. Le« special Pommiers en fleurs » anive a Waterloo, Que., tire par
les CNR 3900 et 6750. La gare dessert le croisement du CNR et du CPR, dont
la ligne se rend a Saint-Guillaume. Le signal manuel de protection de voie a ete
donne
a lACHF et protege maintenant le croisement a la gare Barrington.
Archives de lACHF, Fonds Murphy.
MEMBERS MEETINGS
Members Meetings have also been an integral
part of our past with entertainment and business meetings
be held on a regular basis.
Entertainment would often
consist
of slides and/or movies provided by a member or
members. These evenings also gave members the
opportunity to meet and discuss the issues, rail
of course,
of the day.
Originally meetings were held at the Queens
Hotel on Windsor Street (now Peel)
that was located
between the CPRs Windsor Station and the CNRs
Bonaventure Station.
The hotel always provided
members with a free room
… and it was always room 1531
Meetings later moved to the headquarters of the MTC
located on Craig Street (now St-Antoine) in the heart of
the old business district. Subsequently, they were held at
McGill University, the MTCs
Metro control room on
Berri Street and
other diverse locations including at
Exporail itself.
Another event were the Banquets, they
were held annually in the early 1960s and featured a
noted guest speaker.
One banquet that stands out was held on
November
7, 1960 in the Alouette Room of Windsor
Station. Those, who attended, celebrated the 75th.
anniversary
of the driving of the last spike on the
Canadian Pacific Railway. Mr. Norris Crump, President
of the railway (and who was instrumental in the CRHA
acquiring our CPR steam locomotive collection), was
guest-of-honour and principal speaker.
LES ASSEMBLEES DES MEMBRES
Les assemblees regulieres des membres, que ce
soit pour des divertissements ou pour affaires, font partie
integrante de notre histoire. Les divertissements
consistaient souvent
en la projection de diapositives ou de
films par un ou plusieurs membres. Ces soirees leur
permettaient aussi dechanger sur des sujets dactualite
en lien, evidemment, avec
Ie chemin de fer.
A Iorigine, ces rencontres se tenaient a lh6tel
Queen, rue Windsor (maintenant Peel)
a Montreal, qui
etait situe
entre la gare Windsor du CPR et la gare
Bonaventure du CNR. Ch6tel offrait gracieusement aux
membres un local,
Ie numero 153. Plus tard, les
assemblees se tinrent plut6t au siege social de
la MTC,
rue Craig
(maintenant Saint-Antoine), au cceur du vieux
quartier des affaires de Montreal. Enfin, les reunions
eurent lieu
par la suite a IUniversite McGill, au centre de
contr61e du
metro de la STM rue Berri, puis en divers
endroits, dont Exporail.
Un banquet fut organise Ie 7 novembre 1960 a la
salle Alouette de la gare Windsor. Les invites etaient la
pour celebrer
Ie 75e anniversaire de la pose du dernier
crampon par
Ie Chemin de fer du Canadien Pacifique.
Cinvite
dhonneur et conferencier etait nul autre que
Norris Crump, president de la compagnie de chemin de
fer
et responsable de Iacquisition par IACHF de la
collection de locomotives a vapeur du CPR.
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DI: Robert v.v. Nicholls, Miss Anna ODowd, Donald Angus and
John Loye atte
nd the CRHAs 1962 banquet which was held at the
Queens Hotel in Montreal.
CRHAArchives, Fond we. Cole.
Le Dr Robert
v.v. Nicholls, Anna ODowd, Donald Angus et John
Loye au banquet de IACHF tenu a lhotel Queen de Montreal en
1962. ArchivesACHF, Fonds
We. Cole.
/960
This tradition continues to this day, albeit on a
reduced scale, with special evenings at
the Museum for
members to see special exhibits
or participate in
sumptuous dinners held from time to time to honour
historical rail events and/or individuals associated with
the railroad industry or its history. Many of the CRHA
divisions also hold meetings, excursions and related
activities across Canada.
CRHA DMSIONS
There are currently twelve divisions across
Canada.
The Divisions undertake a variety of activities
within the overall mandate of the Canadian Railroad
Historical Association. Some of the projects undertaken
by the divisions are as follows, presented from east to west:
The New Brunswick Division meets monthly in
Sussex N.B., and operates the Salem
and Hillsborough
Railroad just outside
of Moncton N.B. The Division has
also established a small museum of railroad history in the
On going activities include the restoration of their baggage car
No. 8605, Richard
Vibelg observes Chuck Kinney and cohort
as they prepare to install a new sliding
door.
La tradition se poursuit aujourdhui, mais dune
maniere plus sporadique, avec des soirees speciales au
Musee, afin que les membres puissent admirer de
nouvelles expositions ou participer
a de somptueux
banquets soulignant soit des evenements ferroviaires
historiques, soit
la collaboration de personnes associees a
Iindustrie ou a lhistoire du chemin de fer. Plusieurs
divisions de
IACHF tiennent aussi des assemblees,
organisent des excursions
et autres activites connexes a
travers Ie Canada.
LES DMSIONS DE LACHF
II y a actuellement douze divisions a travers Ie
Canada. Elles ont pour mission dorganiser diverses
activites dans
Ie cadre du mandat general de I ACHF.
Voici, ci-dessous, une liste descriptive de quelques projets
des divisions, presentees dest en ouest du pays.
La division New Brunswick organise des
rencontres mensuelles
a Sussex et gere Ie reseau Salem &
Hillsborough Railroad, a proximite de Moncton. Cette
division a aussi fonde
un musee dhistoire ferroviaire
dans la region.
Le bulletin trimestriel New Brunswick
Update informe les membres a propos des activites en
lien avec Ie chemin de fer et de Ihistoire ferroviaire
locale.
On y a cree recemment une section pour les
jeunes.
JANUARY -FEBRUARY 2008
area. The quarterly newsletter, New Brunswick
Update, keeps members informed
of the activities on the
railroad and local railroad history.
It has recently added a
Youth Group.
The Charny Division has been a Division since
May 22, 2005, it
is located on the south shore of the St.
Lawrence river
near Quebec City. It was a few pieces of
railroad equipment and its members are heavily involved
in
TRAQ (Transport by Rail in Quebec). This is a non
profit association promoting rail transport in
Quebec and
has a monthly newsletter which
is sent out by either Email
or hard copy. Denis Fortier and his members are also
involved
in writing articles of historic interest for
Canadian Rail.
Members of the Charny Division hose down their CN
baggage car.
Des membres de la division Charny nettoient le fourgon a
bagages.
The St. Lawrence Valley Division organizes
excursions
of a local nature -either by rail or to sites of
interest to the members, Recent outings have included
trips on VIA to
La Tuque and a round trip on The
Chaleur to Gaspe and back. Occasional members
nights
are also organized.
The Rideau Valley Division operates the Smiths
Falls Railway Museum based in the
Canadian Northern
Railway station, built in 1914.
The Museum collection
includes
ex Q.N.S.&L. 1112, a MLW locomotive built for
the Canadian Government Railways
in 1919, which is
leased from the CRHA
The Kingston Division maintains an active
involvement with two model railroads, hosts Rail-o­
rama, Kingstons annual model railroad show, publishes
34 CANADIAN RAIL • 522
Les activites en cours incluent la restauration de
leur fourgon
a bagages numero 8605. Richard observe
Chuck Kinney
et ses aides qui se preparent a installer une
nouvelle porte coulissan
teo
La division Charny a ete creee Ie 22 mai 2005.
Son local est situe
a Charny, sur la rive sud du Saint­
Laurent pres de la ville de Quebec. Elle possede
quelques pieces dequipements ferroviaires, dont un
fourgon
a bagages, ainsi que des archives. Ses membres
sont particu!ierement actifs au sein du groupe
TRAQ
(Transport sur Rail Au Quebec), une association sans but
lucratif faisant la
promotion du rail au Quebec. La
division publie
une revue bimensuelle et diffuse un
courriel hebdomadaire. Denis Fortier
et ses co-membres
participent aussi
a la redaction darticles dinteret
historique
pour Canadian Rail.
Kingstons Rail-O-Rama is an annual springtime event
drawing visitors from all over eastern Ontario, this scene was
taken on March
17, 2007.
Le Rail-O-Rama est un evenement annuel de Kingston, qui
attire des visiteurs de toute
la region est de lOntario. Cette
scene Jut croquee
le 17 mars 2007.
La division de la Vallee du Saint-Laurent
organise des excursions
dinteret local pour ses membres.
Recemment, une excursion par train est partie de
La
Tuque par Via Rail, puis fit plus tard un aller-retour a
Gaspe a bord du Chaleur, egalement par Via Rail. Des
soirees sont aussi organisees
a Ioccasion pour les
membres.
La division
Rideau Valley gere Ie musee Smiths
Falls Railway Museum
of Eastern Ontario, situe a la gare
du Canadian Northern Railway construite en 1914. La
collection du musee comprend la locomotive ex-Quebec
North Shore & Labrador construite par la MLW pour Ie
Canadian Governement Railways en 1919
et qui est
pretee par
I ACHF. La division publie la revue
trimestrielle Rideau Valley Dispatch.
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Kingston Rail and various monographs, including the
popular Constructed in Kingston, History of the
Canadian Locomotive Companies, 1854-1968.
35 JANVIER -FEVRIER 2008
La division Kingston demeure active avec ses
deux reseaux de chemin
de fer a echelle reduite. Elle est
lh6te du Rail-O-Rama, Iexposition annuelle de
modelisme ferroviaire, et publie Ie Kingston Rail ainsi
The Toronto and York
Division publishes The
Turnout which covers railroad
and transit news, and
members
articles on these topics. In the
past it has organized excursions
and walking tours
of rail-related
sites in the Toronto area.
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Companies, 1854-1968.
Meetings
are held occasionally.
.
La division Toronto & York publie
The Turnout, qui presente des articles de
membres sur les actualites ferroviaires.
Auparavant, elle organisait des excursions
et des randonnees pedestres dinteret
ferroviaire dans la region de Toronto. Des
reunions des membres ont lieu a Ioccasion.
The Niagara Division,
besides tours and
presentations
on local railroad history, has
undertaken to photograph
several railroad related sites in
the
area on the same day each
year as a permanent record of
the changes that occur in these
locations.
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La division Niagara organise des
seances de photographie annuelles,
toujours Ie meme jour et toujours sur les
memes sites
dinteret ferroviaire, afin de
constituer des archives sur les changements
affectant ces sites dans Iespace-temps.
The Niagara Division members have a long histOlY of
socializing including road trips to major railroading
events.
In 1985 six Niagara Division members went to
Craigellachie,
BC to observe the CPRs 100th.
AnniversaJY
of the driving of the last spike. Their group
joined up with some members of the Selkirk Division for
dinnel; a good time was
had by all!
La division Niagara a une longue tradition dactivites
de socialisation,
dont des randonnees par route vels des
evenements
feno via ires. En 1985, six membres de cette
division
se rendirent a Craigellachie, c.-B., afin
dassister au 100e anniversaire de
la pose du demier
crampon
par Ie CPR. lis jurent rejoints par des
membres de
la division Selkirk pour un souper OLi ils se
payerent ensemble du
bon temps!
The Calgary and South Western Division has
assembled and displays
one of the largest collection of
railroad signals in Canada in addition to meeting
regularly and publishing a newsletter, The Flag Stop.
The Selkirk Division in Revelstoke, British
Columbia has built a beautiful museum that focuses
on
the Canadian Pacific Railway in the Rocky Mountains.
The Revelstoke Railway Museum houses, among other
artifacts, ex c.P.R. 5468, a Mikado class steam locomotive
that operated in the area; CPR 5500, the first SD-40
ordered by the railroad; a robot car; and a diesel
locomotive simulator.
The Museum also hosts Railway
Days, the 10 day, signature festival
of the City of
Revelstoke held every August.
La division Calgary and South Western a
rassemble
une des plus vastes collections dappareils de
signalisation ferroviaire au Canada,
en plus de tenir
regulierement des reunions et de publier son bulletin de
nouvelles, The Flag Stop.
La division Selkirk
a Revelstoke, C.-B., a
construit un magnifique musee ciblant
particulierement
Ie chemin de fer dans les Rocheuses. Le musee heberge,
entre autres : Iex-CPR 5468, une locomotive a vapeur de
type Mikado qui fut utilisee dans les environs; la CPR
5500; la premiere SD-40 commandee par Ientreprise; un
wagon-robot
et un sirnulateur de locomotive diesel.
JANUARY -FEBRUARY 2008 36 CANADIAN RAIL • 522
On August 20, 2007 Canadian Pacific Railway donated Locomotive
5500
and its robot car to the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society
which
is a project of the Selkirk Division of the CRHA. Members and
CPR officiaLs are gathered on the running board for a photo during
the presentation ceremony.
Le 20 aoat 2007, Le CPR offrit La Locomotive numero 5500 et un
wagon-robot
a La Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society, un projet de La
division Selkirk de LACHF Des membres de LACHF et des
representants du CPR sont /assembles sur
La passerelle pour une
photo pendant La ceremonie de presentation.
The Prince George-Nechako-Fraser Division
operates the Prince
George Railway and Forestry
Museum that focuses
on the railroads of Northern British
Columbia. It has an extensive collection representing
BC
Rail and Canadian National, including CNR 1520, a
Canadian Locomotive Company 4-6-0,
on lease from the
CRHA. La division Prince George-Nechako-Fraser gere
Ie Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum, qui
sinteresse aux chemins de fer du nord
de la Colombie­
Britannique.
Le musee possede une vaste collection de
materiel du BC Rail et du Canadien National, dont la
locomotive
CNR 1520 de type 4-6-0, construite par la
Canadian Locomotive Company
et pre tee par I ACHF.
The Pacific Coast Division meets monthly and
publishes The Sand House newsletter.
The Division is
actively involved in the Mallardville Railway Station.
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La division Pacific Coast organise des reunions
mensuelles
et publie The Sand House, un bulletin
dinformation trimestriel. La division est active dans la
preservation de la gare
de Mallardville.
THE SANDHOUSE The Prince George Division
cares for this classic ten­
wheeLer 1520 amongst other
items.
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prend
un soin jaLoux de cette
ten-wheeLer classique
numero1520.
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The Esquimalt and Nanaimo Division meets
monthly and
is working on the preservation of the E&N
roundhouse in Victoria as a rail transport museum The
Division is also preserving railroad artifacts related to
Vancouver Island and
operate some excursions on the
Esquimalt and
Nanaimo Railway. La division Esquimalt and
Nanaimo tient des
reunions mensuelles
et travaille a la sauvegarde de la
rotonde de la E & N de Victoria, avec Iobjectif den faire
un musee du transport ferroviaire. La division voit aussi a
la preservation dartefacts en lien avec Ie chemin de fer de
lile de Vancouver et organise des excursions sur Ie reseau
ferroviaire du Esquimalt and N anaimo Railway.
A photo of the CRHAs E&N Division equipment in Victoria
B. c., E&N days are heLd every August to commemorate the
driving
of the Last spike on the E&N on August 13, 1886at mile
25. The E&N Budd car can be seen on the right.
Une photo de lequipement de La division E&N de LACHF a
VictOlia, C.-B. Les« jowS E&N , au mois daoat,
commemorent
La pose du demier crampon sur LE&N, Le 13
aoat
1886, au mille 25. lei, a droite, Lautorail Budd de LE&N
RAIL CANADIEN • 522
OTHER ACTIVITIES
Canadian Railroad Historical Association
activities have also grown to incorporate
other areas to
help disseminate railroad history.
To commemorate the
sesquicentennial of public railroad operation
in Canada
in 1986,
the Association established an Annual
Conference dedicated to Canadian railroad history. The
initial conference held in Montreal included
presentations, tours, and participation in the celebrations
at La Prairie, the northern terminus of the Champlain and
St. Lawrence Rail Road.
Subsequent conferences followed similar
format, and have been held in Vancouver (1987),
Hillsborough (1988), Toronto (1989), Calgary,
Revelstoke, Nelson and Cranbrook (1990), Kingston
(1991), Montreal for the 60th anniversary
of the c.R.H.A.
(1992), Toronto (1993), Revelstoke (1994), Smiths Falls
(1995), Prince George (1996), St. Catharines (1997),
Winnipeg (1998), Revelstoke (1999) and Montreal
(2000).
The last few years have seen the establishment of
joint conferences with the Canadian Association
of
Railway Modellers, or CARM. Past meetings have been
in Winnipeg (2005), Montreal (2006) and Victoria (2007).
The 2008 site is Hamilton, Ontario.
ANNUAL AWARDS
In 1987 the Canadian Railroad Historical
Association established its annual Awards. These awards
recognize and honour individuals and organizations
whose endeavours
in the past year have contributed
significantly to the recording and/or preserving artefacts
of historical value related to Canadas railroads. Awards
are presented
in the following categories:
• a Life Time Achievement Award to a person who has
made an outstanding contribution to the study of
Canadian railroad history
or preservation over a
number of years;
• an Article Award published in a Canadian Railroad
Historical Association publication, including those
published
by Divisions;

an Article Award published in a non -C.R.H.A.
publication;
• a BookAward published in the last year; and
• a Preservation Award
of railroad artefacts by an
individual
or group, and:
• a Multimedia Award
To be continued …
37 JANVIER -FEVRIER 2008
AUTRESACTIVITES
8integration dautres secteurs dactivite a
permis
a IACHF de croitre tout en diffusant Ihistoire du
chemin de fer. Afin de souligner
Ie 150e anniversaire de
Ietablissement du chemin de fer public au Canada en
1986, lAssociation a etabli
Ie Congres annuel, dedie a
Ihistoire ferroviaire canadienne. La premier congres,
tenu a Montreal, comprenait des exposes, des
randonnees ainsi qUune participation aux celebrations
du 150e anniversaire de linauguration du premier
chemin de fer
a La Prairie, Ie terminus nord du
Champlain
& St.Lawrence Rail Road.
Des conferences similaires eurent lieu a
Vancouver (1987), Hillsborough (1988), Toronto (1989),
Calgary, Revelstoke, Nelson et Cranbrook, (1990),
Kingston (1991),
Montreal a loccasion du 60e
anniversaire de lACHF (1992), Toronto (1993),
Revelstoke (1994), Smiths Falls (1995), Prince
George
(1996), St. Catharines (1997), Winnipeg (1998),
Revelstoke (1999) et Montreal (2000). Le Canadian
Association
of Railway ModeJlers sest joint a lACHF
pour des congres mutuels au cours des dernieres annees.
Ceux-ci
eurent lieu a Winnipeg (2005), Montreal (2006)
et Victoria (2007). La ville de Hamilton, Ont., a
ete
retenue pour celui de 2008.
PRIX ANNUELS
En 1987, IACHF a cree ses Prix annuels, qui ont
pour but de reconnaitre et dhonorer des personnes et des
organismes qui,
pendant lannee precedente, ont
contribue de fa~on significative a la documentation ou a
la sauvegarde dobjets ayant une valeur historique en lien
avec les chemins de fer canadiens. Les prix sont repartis
de la maniere suivante:
• Prix
pour la realisation dune vie: prix decerne a une
personne
pour son engagement significatif dans la
preservation ou la diffusion du patrimoine
canadien
pendant plusieurs annees.
• Prix
pour un projet de preservation: prix decerne a une
personne ou a un groupe ayant realise une action de
preservation ou un projet de restauration remarquable
durant lannee courante.
• Prix
pour un article (deux prix) :
-prix decerne
a un auteur ou une auteure pour la
qualite dun article paru dans Canadian Rail ou un
bulletin de division;
-prix decerne
a un auteur ou une auteure pour la
qualite
dun article publie dans tout autre periodique.
• Prix
pour un livre: prix decerne a un auteur ou une
auteure pour un livre publie durant lannee courante
ou precedente.
• Prix
pour un produit multimedia: prix decerne a une
personne ou a un groupe ayant realise une video, un
film, un CD, un DVD ou un site Web sur un sujet relie
aux chemins defer.
A suivre …
JANUARY -FEBRUARY 2008
CN
CN blames cold for stopping Santa Train.
CN Rail said it was weather and mechanical
trouble that prevented the annualPrince George Santa
Train from running on schedule.
There was to have been a
pair
of train trips on Friday December 9, 2007 from the
downtown Via Rail station out into the countryside and
back, with Christmas decorations aboard, music, and a
visit from Santa.
The fundraiser for the Salvation Army is so
popular that people line up for hours to purchase the
tickets when they are released for sale each year.
It was
extremely cold on Friday and the severe weather affected
the operation of a freight train leaving Prince George,
said Kevin Franchuk, a CN spokesman. The unexpected
delay in turn kept the Santa Train at
the station.
Parents and children waited for hours in hopes
that
the tracks could be cleared. There were tears shed by
some youngsters and some anger from the adults when it
was
announced the night was cancelled. After
consultations, the train was rescheduled, said Franchuk.
Those who could return got to take their trip on Sunday,
December 11, evening instead and, according to the
Salva tion Army, most were able to take
part then. (Prince
George Citizen)
CNs Harrison says u.
S. railroads will be
pressured to merge.
Canadian National
CEO Hunter Harrison said
in an interview with Bloomberg News that the biggest
U.S. railroads, including Union Pacific Railroad and
BNSF Railway,
will face investor pressure to merge as
they struggle to add capacity. Theres going to be a large
transaction in the next five to six years, Harrison,
63, said
in an interview at his Montreal office.
He said his railroad
wouldnt be involved in any big acquisitions before he
retires in 2009. A combination between two of the four
largest U.S. railroads would create a single
38 CAIlADIAN RAIL • 522
BUSINESS CAR
January -February, 2008
transcontinental carrier or allow one railroad to
dominate in
either the western or eastern U.S.
CN, which generates more than half
of its
revenue from shipments to
or within the U.S., is currently
seeking STB approval for its $300 million purchase
of
most of the Elgin Joliet & Eastern Railway Co. from U.S.
Steel Corp. CN wants the
J to ease traffic congestion in
and around Chicago. Harrison said he
is confident the
deal will be approved by the U.S. Surface Transportation
Board following the STB decision to classify the
transaction as minor. Some residents are opposed to
the
plan, and Canadian National is hying to resolve its
concerns,
he told Bloomberg. The railroads gotta go
somewhere, he said. People dont want them in the core,
and they dont want them in the suburbs. Where do you
expect us to go?
Harrison said
he expects the U.S. dollar will
strengthen and the Canadian dollar weaken some,
without giving a time frame.
An eventual decline in the
price of diesel fuel will bring some balance to the U.S­
Canadian dollar exchange rate, he said. Canadian
currency
is up 18 percent against its U.S. counterpart this
year, hurting CN
by rendering U.S. revenue less valuable.
Harrison said he plans to step down as
CEO at
the end
of 2009, when he turns 65. By then, he will have
spent more
than 45 years in the industry after starting as a
carman-oiler on
the Frisco in 1963. He led Chicago-based
Illinois Central until 1998. CN plans to name a chief
operating officer
by mid-2009 who would be Harrisons
likely successor.
There is a high probability that the pick
will come from within the company, Harrison said.
(Trains Newswire)
CN re-acquires another former line in Alberta.
CN has announced it will acquire the Athabasca
Northern Railway Ltd. (ANY) to preserve a critical rail
link to
the oil sands region of northern Alberta. CNs
purchase and rail-line rehabilitation plan are premised
on
long-term traffic volume guarantees that the Company
has negotiated with shippers Suncor Energy Inc.,
OPTI
RAIL CANADIEN • 522
Canada Inc., and Nexen Inc.
CN will pay C$25 million for ANY and invest
C$135 million in rail-line upgrades over three years to
improve transit times and service consistency. E.
Hunter
Harrison, CN president and chief executive officer, said:
CNs investment and partnership agreements with key
shippers will allow the parties to maintain
important rail
service to Lynton, Alta., a point
near Fort McMurray,
home of existing and future oil sands development.
CN
is focused on the future. While ANYs
current traffic volumes are too low to keep it going as a
stand-alone operation, we and
our shipper partners see
the ANY playing a critical role in one of the worlds
largest construction projects -the oil sands reserves in
northern Alberta are second only to Saudi Arabias, and
industry
is expected to invest more than C$100 billion
over the next
decade in oil sands development,
construction and infrastructure upgrading.
The 202-mile ANY connects with CN at Boyle,
Alta., located 101 miles north
of Edmonton. CNs plans
for
the line will preserve market access to existing and
potential receivers along the rail corridor -today sulphur
and
petroleum coke move southbound on the ANY, and
increased volumes
of these commodities are expected to
move over
the line in future. CNs line rehabilitation,
including upgraded
rail, ties, bridges and new
ballast, will allow greater volumes
of northbound
shipments of construction materials and machinery to
support oil sands development.
Suncor has a long history with the Athabasca
Northern and, with this announcement, were looking
forward to
the lines future with upgraded operations,
says Mike Ashar, Suncor executive vice president.
Moving oil sands freight by rail and relieving highway
traffic bas significant safety and environmental benefits
that we strongly support. Without the commitment and
investments being made
by Suncor, OPTI Canada,
Nexen and CN, the rail line faced abandonment
this month.
The result would have been a significant
increase in truck traffic on Highway
63, generating
increased congestion and safety concerns on the busy road.
Rail
is also a much more efficient way to move
freight traffic compared to truck, with
significantly fewer
Green House Gas (GHG)
emissions. ANY marks CNs third short-line transaction
in economically vibrant northern Alberta in the past two
years.
In January 2006, CN purchased the Mackenzie
Northern (MKNR) Railway and Lakeland & Waterways
Railway for C$26 million, and in
December of that year it
acquired the Savage Alberta Railway, Inc., (SAR) for
C$25 million. In 2006 and 2007,
CN spent C$58 million to
upgrade the rail infrastructure of the former MKNR and
SAR and is planning C$22 million in further
improvements in 2008.
CN
is uniquely positioned to capitalize on energy
opportunities in the northern Alberta, with a strategically
39 JANVIER -FEVRIER 2008
located network close to the action. CN also has a
talented team of experts to support economic
development in the oil sands area as well as in the Alberta
Industrial Heartland
near Edmonton that will see
construction
of C$20-billion worth of heavy oil upgraders
in the coming decade.
®.
CHEMIN DE ~ER: CANADIAN
CANADIEN PACIf=IC
PACIFII¥UE RAILWAY
CPR, Mayo Clinic officials meet to discuss DM&E
transaction.
Canadian Pacific Railway is trying to establish a
common ground with
the biggest foe to the Dakota,
Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corp.s (DM&E)
proposed Powder River Basin project -the Mayo Clinic.
The hospital also is leery of CPRs acquisition /
integration of the
DM&E.
The CPR and clinic officials have conducted
their first face-to-face
meeting on the transaction and
committed to keeping
an ongoing dialogue between the
parties and the city
of Rochester, Minnesota, as the
acquisition / integration progresses.
CPR officials
emphasized
that theyve made DO decisions about
accessing new coal haulage business in the Powder River
Basin
per the D M&Es long-proposed PRB project.
Clinic officials have opposed the project for years,
questioning the safety risks the proposed coal line would
pose to the hospital, Rochester and
other communities
along the route. This meeting was the beginning of a long­
term constructive relationsrup based on open dialogue,
mutual understanding and compromise, said Mayo Clinic
Cruef Executive Officer Glenn Forbes in a prepared
statement.
I look fOlward to hosting CPR officials in
Rochester to build on the progress we made.
In September, CPR and the DM&E reached an
agreement under which the CPR would acquire and
control the 2,500-mile regional and its subsidiaries –
including the Iowa, Chicago &
Eastern Railroad Corp.­
for $1.5 billion. A month later, the parties completed the
transaction, pending Surface Transportation Board
(STB) approval.
The board plans to conduct a public
hearing
or hear arguments in June and issue a final
decision on the transaction
by Sept. 30. (Progressive
Railroading On-line)
TRANSIT
Calgary Transit set to launch service on
Northeast light-rail extension.
On Dec. 17, Calgary Transit opened its 1.7-mile
Northeast CTrain light-rail extension from Whitehorn to
McKnight-Westwinds Station.
The agency will offer
feeder bus service at the station, which will feature a
central platform with at-grade access, shelters and heated
waiting areas, and a 900-car park-and-ride lot.
(Progressive Railroading On-line)
JANUARY -FEBRUARY 2008 40 CANADIAN RAIL • 522
Canada Line cars 201-101 are seen after the official unveiling on December 14, 2007, at the Operations & Maintenance Centre
in Richmond, B. C. Ian Smith, Pacific Coast Division.
British Columbias Canada Line
receives first train sets.
InTransitBC unveiled the first batch of Canada
Line trains, which recently were delivered by Hyundai
Rotem Co. The car builder has delivered the first four of
20 fully automated, two-car metro trains that will operate
along the 16-station line. Scheduled to open in less than
two years,
the Canada Line will run between the
transportation hub at Waterfront Centre in Vancouver
and branches to Vancouver International
Airport and
central Richmond.
The driverless cars feature wide aisles, a walkway
between vehicles, emergency passenger-operated
intercom panels, and electronic interior and exterior
signs. Hyundai Rotem
is scheduled to deliver the
remaining vehicles
by August 2008.
The $2 billion Canada Line is being funded by
the Canadian and British Columbian governments,
TransLink and Vancouver International Airport
Authority. InTransitBC has been contracted to design,
build,
operate, maintain and partially finance the line.
(Progressive Railroading On-line)
AMT orders double-deck coaches for Montreal.
THE government of Quebec has awarded
Bombardier a $C 386 million contract to supply 160 double-deck coaches for
Montreal commuter rail
operator Metropolitan Transit Agency (AMT). The
stainless steel vehicles will have capacity for up to 200
passengers, 30% more than AMTs existing single-deck
coaches with GPS-based audio visual passenger
information systems.
The coaches will be assembled at Bombardiers
La Pocatiere plant in Quebec and deliveries will begin in
the third quarter
of 2009. The order includes vehicles for
AMTs $C 300 million
East Train project, which will see
the introduction of commuter rail services on the 51km
line from Montreal to Repentigny and Mascouche in
2011. (International Railway Journal)
HERITAGE
Countess ofDuflerin not landlocked after all.
This is a follow up on news items that the
Countess
of Dufferin is stranded in the Winnipeg
Railway Museum due to collapse
of the embankment at
the south end
of the museum (tracks 1 and 2 in the VIA
station):
Although immediately after
the collapse it
looked as though
CN planned to remove the tracks and
the embankment, such has
not been the case. CN has
cleared away all the gravel, masses
of concrete, uprooted
trees
and the general debris; has laid gravel covered with
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clay to retain the slope of the embankment, and grassed it;
has built
concrete retaining walls at the bottom of the
slope; has removed or repaired several fences around the
embankment and cleaned up and landscaped the area
(which badly needed doing anyway); and picked up
several signal masts and other heavy artefacts which had
been carried away into the collapse and placed them in
the Museum. In short theyve done a fast, neat job, and
the CN crews doing it were very helpful to the Museum.
Therefore both tracks are still attached to the
Museum and to the mainline. The Countess is on track
1, the track closest to the collapse, but theres a crossover
to track 2 immediately outside the Museum; track 2 was
never in any danger.
The rest of track 1-a stub which VIA
used to park cars on for training purposes -appears to be
safe for very low-speed movements; this
is all that would
be necessary as
the Museum uses it only for switching and
for storage.
The track needs to be straightened a bit and
lots of tie and ballast work should be done but theres no
hurry. Its interesting to
note that the embankment
apparently is a fill-in over a trestle: the ends of very large
beams
of wood became visible when the cover fell away.
Indeed, that may be why the collapse wasnt more
devastating.
The Countess is at the opposite end of the
station from the collapse, so was never directly
endangered,
but now its certain that she is not landlocked
either. (Peter Lacey Winnipeg
RR Museum)
Federal government pushing for an agency to
oversee Torontos Union Station.
The federal government wants Toronto to create
an agency to oversee and run Union Station, something
that the city agreed to do more than seven years ago,
Transport minister Lawrence
Cannon said recently. Its
imperative
that [the stationS] governance structure be
clarified before we move ahead on any project, Cannon
told the Toronto Board of Trade in a breakfast speech.
Under the terms of the agreement in June, 2000, for the
purchase of Union Station, the city, GO Transit and the
federal government agreed that an agency would be
created to oversee redevelopment of the station and its
transformation into a multimodal urban transit hub for
the greater Toronto region.
Seven years on, no agency
had been created and
the federal government is running out of patience. We
are encouraging the city of Toronto put in place a
dedicated governance entity for
the station so that we [the
federal government] can negotiate a contribution
agreement and move forward with the stations
restoration and redevelopment, Cannon said. After the
speech, he told reporters that he was basically pretty
flexible on how
the issue of governance could move
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forward. I guess I am telling them, quite clearly, make me
an offer in terms of the governance structure and the kind
of model that you would want to see there so we can go
forward,
Cannon said.
I understand from my officials that it has been
bogged down because people are literally holding
positions which might
not be reasonable to hold. The city
may finally
be moving on the governance issue. Stewart
Green, spokesman for mayor David Miller, said that a
report going to the city council meeting next week will
instruct staff to
prepare a proposal for a governance
structure for
Union Station.
(Globe and Mail)
INDUSTRY
Consultant unable to find buyer for closed
NS rail
car plant.
A Halifax consultant has been unable to find a
buyer for TrentonWorks.
In a brief statement posted on
its website, consultant Ernst and Young said it has been
unable to find an acceptable proposal for the mothballed
Pictou County rail-car
manufacturer. However, it
indicated
that some proposals are still being reviewed and
discussed with key stakeholders. The notice concluded
that the possibility of a sale was complicated by external
factors, including economic ones,
and the disposition of
the assets is expected in the coming weeks.

The plant closed last spring after parent
company Greenbrier determined the operation was no
longer cost-effective.
Three hundred jobs were lost with
the closure. Ernst and Young had been asked to find a
buyer and make a
recommendation to the company by
Jan. 14. The consultants announcement didnt sit well
with Trenton mayor
Shannon Macinnis, who has been
waiting like the rest of the community for word on the
plants future. It doesnt sound good, Macinnis said
recently. But
if theyre still talking to somebody, the door
isnt completely closed. Macinnis, who said he hadnt
heard anything directly from Ernst and Young, suggested
the complicating economic factors mentioned by the
consultant included the strong Canadian dollar and
concerns
about the facilitys unionized workforce.
A spokesman for Foreign Affairs minister
Peter
MacKay, the Central Nova MP, said in an e-mail Tuesday
to
the Halifax Chronicle Herald that although there
might not be a buyer, a new operator might be found. The
minister remains confident
that an operator can be found
for this
important facility, Dan Dugas said in the e-mail.
Last week, Mark Rittenbaum, a vp with Greenbrier,
raised concerns about
the plants immediate future when
he said the company was accelerating the timeline for
liquidation
of the money-losing facility. He made the
comments in a release
of Greenbriers first-quarter 2008
results. (Canadian Press)
JANUARY -FEBRUARY 2008
SHORTLINES & REGIONALS
Foundation committed to making E&N railway a
reality.
Despite some recent setbacks, the Island
Corridor Foundation is confident Vancouver Islands
railway service has a bright future.
Doug Backhouse,
executive-director
of the ICF, owners of the 234-
kilometre
stretch of track between Courtenay and
Victoria and Nanaimos historic but burned-out E&N
railway station on Selby Street, said the
organization is continuing its efforts to build a
vision for
the railway.
He said despite the Island railway losing nearly
90%
of its cargo revenue less than 10 years ago, and the
near loss of the Nanaimo rail station in an August fire, the
non-profit public foundation believes the railways
fortunes
are beginning to turn around. Were
working
on a number of different fronts to
revitalize
the railway, including the possibility of hooking
up
with a Port Alberni group to extend the service to that
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community to open it up for steam trains for the tourists,
Backhouse said.
Freight numbers
are also up as the service
improves
and we expect those numbers to continue to
rise.
As for the $2-million refurbishment of Nanaimos
E&N railway station,
gutted by fire in the early morning hours of Aug.
26, Backhouse said
the ICF is working through the
process of raising the funds and expects the work will
begin soon.
(Nanaimo Daily News)
PASSENGER
VIA TO REBUILD F·40s.
Via Rails fleet of F40 locomotives will be rebuilt
after the company announced a five-year, $101.5-million
contract with
CAD Railway Services Ltd. Via said that 53
F40s will
be refurbished by CAD, which is wholly owned
by Global Railway Industries Ltd.
The work will begin in 2008 and is aimed at
making the trains more environmentally friendly. The
On September 13, 2007 David Monis caught VIA No. 16 hauled by a pair of F-40s lead by 6403 on the trestle at mile 82.2 of the
Cascapedia Subdivisio
n. The consist that day was: 6403 -6408 -8621 -8140 -8107 -8505 -Dollier -Laval-Acadian –
Lasalle-Salabeny. David Monis
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money is part of the $691.9 million that the federal
government recently
announced it would spend on Via
over five years.
Federal Transport Minister Lawrence
Cannon and Via Rail president Paul Cote were among
those present at a news conference
in Montreal for the
announcemen t.
Not only is this investment in the locomotives
good for the environment but it will also allow us to
improve the punctuality
of the trains, Cannon said. The
rebuilt locomotives will provide
more reliable service to
Canadians in all regions
of the country.
About 90 jobs will be created. We are extremely
pleased to
announce that CAD Railway Industries Ltd. is
our first partner following the governments investment,
Cote said. By rebuilding 70 per cent of our fleet of
locomotives, CAD will help us reach our goals of
increasing reliability while decreasing maintenance costs.
It is one of the many steps we are undertaking to
modernize
our fleet while ensuring all locomotives are in
compliance with safety,
environmental and other
regulations, all as a means to providing our customers
with the best travel experience. Global
CEO Terry
McManaman said
the deal will be a major boost to his
company. This contract award positions Global as the
largest re-manufacturer
of locomotives in Canada and as
a major
competitor in locomotive remanufacturing in
North America, he said in a statement. (The Canadian
Press)
Federal government continues funding Northern
ON passenger rail.
The Government of Canada is providing Algoma
Central Railway with $4.2 million in operating funding to
continue passenger rail service between Sault Ste. Marie
and Hearst, ON, until March 31, 2009. The Honourable
Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Minister for the
Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern
Ontario, made the announcement recently on behalf of
the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
Algoma Central Railway
is an economic and
community lifeline in
Northern Ontario and our
government is proud to support this valuable service,
said Clement.
By investing in local infrastructure and
transportation, we
are investing in the people of Northern
Ontario, and thats an investment that always pays
dividends.
Cannon added, Passenger rail services in this
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region contribute to the economic and social well-being
of its communities. This funding will allow Algoma
Central Railway to continue to provide a safe, efficient
and comfortable transportation option to local residents
and
area visitors.
In addition to providing a valuable
transportation service to local residents, Algoma Central
Railways Sault Ste.
Marie-to-Hearst passenger rail
service supports
the regional economy by carrying
customers, staff and supplies to
remote commercial
lodges and wilderness tour points, many
of which can only
be reached
by rail. The service transported 7,842
passengers
in 2007. For over a decade, the Government of
Canada has demonstrated its commitment to the Sault
Ste. Marie-to-Hearst service
by providing operating
funding
of up to $2.1M per year to Algoma Central
Railway. In 2006, the federal government also provided
Algoma Central Railway with $1.5M for the
refurbishment of its passenger rail fleet. The revitalized
fleet, along with upgrades
and modifications, was put into
service in April 2007. (Canada NewsWire)
Quebecs Tshiuetin railway to obtain $12 million
from
Canadian government.
The Canadian government recently announced
it will provide up to $12 million to Tshiuetin Rail
Transportation to continue passenger-rail service
between Sept-Iles and Schefferville, Quebec, until Dec.
30, 2009.The only surface transportation
mode available
to Schefferville, rail
is used by First Nations members to
travel to their hunting, fishing and trapping territories.
In 2007, the railway transported 15,000 people.
Tshiuetin became the first First Nations company to own
and operate a railway in Canada when
it acquired the
Menihek subdivision from the Quebec North Shore and
Labrador Railway in December 2005. Since 2004, the
government has provided start-up, operating and capital
funding for the railway. Funds have
been used to recruit
and train employees; purchase equipment, vehicles,
locomotives and rolling stock; renovate the Schefferville
station; construct a locomotive repair shop; create a
railway maintenance-of-way camp in Esker,
Newfoundland and Labrador; and build passenger shelters
in Emeril, Nerfoundland and Labrador. The funding will
be awarded through Transport Canadas Regional and
Remote Passenger Rail Serivces Class Contribution
Program. (Progressive Railroading On-line)
BACK COVER: A photo montage of other CRHA excursions through the years, photos cOUl1esy Ronald Ritchie, CRHA
Archives FondAngus andMUlphy.
COUVERTURE ARRlERE : Montage photographique des excursions organisees par IACHF au cours des annees.
Photographies provenant des Archives de
1A CHF, Fond FredAngus, Fond Peter M Ulphy et Ronald S. Ritchie.

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