Ernie Modlers datant de 1967. Si certaines
nt manqll-antes, des espaces sont en
,blanc. Les corrections, ajouts ou suppressions ii cette
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No. Date Co. Train Equipment Destination Special Event
7, 1948. MTC Charter Suburban 1054 Noordyn / Cartierville First excursion using chartered equipment
2 May 14, 1949, MTC Charter Observation 3 Mountain / Mt. Royal
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
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
May 31, 1951.
CPR Tr.463 Steam 1228 Park Ave. Station Last train to depart Place Viger Stn.
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
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
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
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
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
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
March 30, 1958. CNR Charter Steam 1165 & 1391 Caritic, QC Circle trip via HawkesbuIY
June 8, 1958. MTC Charter PCC 3514 Lachine
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
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
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
OCt. 5,.1958. CNR Charter Steam5702 Garneau,OC FalI foliage excursion
55 Dec. 15, 1958.
OTC Charter Tram 1002 Bank, Preston, Britannia
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
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
June 7,1959. MTC Charter 1lam1864 Cartierville
65 June 21, 1959. MTC Charter Tram 1699 Cartierville
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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Stan J. Smaill
French Version, Michel Lortie
In this issue we are pleased to present a look back
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
rs Montreal Transportation Commission
training car 1 054 for a trip around town and out to the
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
Montreal Tetminal Railway
and was converted to a
training car with glass panels in the floor to view the
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
Par Stan J. Sma iII
Traduction: Michel Lortie
Nous sommes heureux de vous donner Ioccasion
ici de revoir des photos de certaines excursions de
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,
I ACHF, pour laide apportee a cette
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
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.
photo a ete prise au coin de la nte LaUl7er et de lavenue du Parc, a Montreal. Photo: Ronald S. Ritchie
of a railroad excursion. The Association
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!
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
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
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
that set the tone for almost evelY
excursion, some are still talked about today! A few
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
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
minutes! He wasnt so lucky on at least two other trips
his hat was never recovered, including once
when it was blown into the Rideau Canal at Smiths
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
Qc. on the Association ,s CPR excursion
from Montreal to Ottawa
1973. Le legendaire Jack
Beatty, representant du CPR, section
tres longtemps membre de
IACHF, directeur et conteur dhistoires
(sans son celebre chapeau melon)
Montebello, Que., tors dune excursion
a Ottawa via LCichute.
Newfoundland, 1956. One engine took water
two of em otter, not an official CRHA trip, but
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
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
par exemple, faisaient Iobjet dune
commande speciale et on devait les recuperer
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
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,
arrete pour des prises de photos. Jack Beatty
sinstalla sur un quai … et soudain
souffla son chapeau melon veq; Ie lac.
Instinctivement, iI sauta a bord dune chaloupe, la
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
dont cette fois ou
il senvola dans Ie canal Rideau a
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
Un groupe de membres de lACHF
vient ce jour-Ia souligner Iadieu du Newfie Bullet.
Forster Kemp prend des cliches de la premiere
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
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
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
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
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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
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
The Bulls Head stop became a regular
feature on all
fu ture excursions operating through
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
and a half late northbound out of Morin Heights, we
asked the conductor if we could have a runpast.
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
scheduled train that we know of!
June 6, 1964, Riding the gondola car added to
the Hemmingford wayfreight, a passerby asked
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
6, 1964. A bona fide CNR
mixed, at the south end of the
Victoria Bridge in the charge
MLW RSC-13 1719 is the
Associations excursion to
Hemmingford, Qc. Extra 1719
South will cross the
sub at Barrington, Q
thereafter the old Canada Atlantic
station will be
moved by truck to its
present location at Exprorail.
Imagine trying to convince
run such an excursion today! Ronald
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
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
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
chargee a bord, a Richmond, Que.
etait fabriquee deja depuis 110 ans a Richmond.
Head fut une attraction pour toutes les
ran donnees passant par Richmond.
mai 1962. I.:ACHF organisa une
randonnee avec Ie train numero 99 a destination de
Que. Ce fut Ie dernier voyage sur la sous
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
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
1719 du CNR tire par une
MLW RSC-13, lors dune excursion
« bonne foi » par
lAssociation et Ie CNR vers
L extra 1719 Sud
traversera bientot la sous-division
a Barrington, Que.
Imaginez dessayer de convaincre
Ie CN de faire une telle
Un peu plus tard, la
vieille station Ban·ington du Canada
Atlantic sera demenagee
vers son site actuel, a ExpOl·ail
21 mars 1970. La « randonnee en voiture a
», ainsi nommee a cause du fourgon a bagages
en fonction de sa livree rouge tuscan,
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
12 mai 1973.
Le Canadien National venait
tout juste dacquerir lune de ses plus puissantes
locomotives diesels, la serie 2300. Nous avons fait
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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
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
via: Trois Rivieres.This was Dilled· as a
Snow Excursion and
we didnt disappoibt, the trip was
in a, blizzard with whifeout conditions! A g()od
had by all especially in view of the fact that a
private car bi-ought up the rear!
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
17, 1977, Central Vermont charter to .
. . .
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
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
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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
attente, deux locomotives de manceuvre du triage de
Taschereau vinrent a la rescousse pour amener
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
grosseAlco a flanche enquittant Montreal. Les
4.utobus de la Ottawa Transportation Commission
attendentles voyageurs pour la tournee du Festival des
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
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 .
voiturede fonction accrochee a Iarriere du train,
Ie privilege dune vue imprenable de la tempete!
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
c6mme. preVl, tous les restaurants de la
localite. furent envahis
par les excursionnistes. Le
selvicefut lent bien °que lei; restaurateurs aient ete
membresde Iequipe desecurite, bien
installes au Bhlck Cat Cafe, furent presque oublies. lis
soudaink train bougeret crurent un instant que·
celui-ci executait des manceuvres daiguilJage, mais en
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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
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
a lACHF et protege maintenant le croisement a la gare Barrington.
Archives de lACHF, Fonds Murphy.
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
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 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
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
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
7, 1960 in the Alouette Room of Windsor
Station. Those, who attended, celebrated the 75th.
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
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
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
(maintenant Saint-Antoine), au cceur du vieux
quartier des affaires de Montreal. Enfin, les reunions
par la suite a IUniversite McGill, au centre de
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
Ie 75e anniversaire de la pose du dernier
Ie Chemin de fer du Canadien Pacifique.
dhonneur et conferencier etait nul autre que
Norris Crump, president de la compagnie de chemin de
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
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.
There are currently twelve divisions across
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
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
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
la collaboration de personnes associees a
Iindustrie ou a lhistoire du chemin de fer. Plusieurs
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
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
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
On y a cree recemment une section pour les
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
The Charny Division has been a Division since
May 22, 2005, it
is located on the south shore of the St.
near Quebec City. It was a few pieces of
railroad equipment and its members are heavily involved
TRAQ (Transport by Rail in Quebec). This is a non
profit association promoting rail transport in
has a monthly newsletter which
is sent out by either Email
or hard copy. Denis Fortier and his members are also
in writing articles of historic interest for
Members of the Charny Division hose down their CN
Des membres de la division Charny nettoient le fourgon a
The St. Lawrence Valley Division organizes
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
are also organized.
The Rideau Valley Division operates the Smiths
Falls Railway Museum based in the
Railway station, built in 1914.
The Museum collection
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
a bagages numero 8605. Richard observe
et ses aides qui se preparent a installer une
nouvelle porte coulissan
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
a bagages, ainsi que des archives. Ses membres
sont particu!ierement actifs au sein du groupe
(Transport sur Rail Au Quebec), une association sans but
lucratif faisant la
promotion du rail au Quebec. La
une revue bimensuelle et diffuse un
courriel hebdomadaire. Denis Fortier
et ses co-membres
a la redaction darticles dinteret
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
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
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
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
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
articles on these topics. In the
past it has organized excursions
and walking tours
sites in the Toronto area.
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populaire Constructed in Kingston :
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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
on local railroad history, has
undertaken to photograph
several railroad related sites in
area on the same day each
year as a permanent record of
the changes that occur in these
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La division Niagara organise des
seances de photographie annuelles,
toujours Ie meme jour et toujours sur les
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
In 1985 six Niagara Division members went to
BC to observe the CPRs 100th.
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
dont des randonnees par route vels des
feno via ires. En 1985, six membres de cette
se rendirent a Craigellachie, c.-B., afin
dassister au 100e anniversaire de
la pose du demier
par Ie CPR. lis jurent rejoints par des
la division Selkirk pour un souper OLi ils se
payerent ensemble du
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
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
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
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
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
et un sirnulateur de locomotive diesel.
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On August 20, 2007 Canadian Pacific Railway donated Locomotive
and its robot car to the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society
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
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
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
Le musee possede une vaste collection de
materiel du BC Rail et du Canadien National, dont la
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.
La division Pacific Coast organise des reunions
et publie The Sand House, un bulletin
dinformation trimestriel. La division est active dans la
preservation de la gare
THE SANDHOUSE The Prince George Division
cares for this classic ten
wheeLer 1520 amongst other
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The Esquimalt and Nanaimo Division meets
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
Nanaimo Railway. La division Esquimalt and
Nanaimo tient des
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
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,
La pose du demier crampon sur LE&N, Le 13
1886, au mille 25. lei, a droite, Lautorail Budd de LE&N
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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
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
The last few years have seen the establishment of
joint conferences with the Canadian Association
Railway Modellers, or CARM. Past meetings have been
in Winnipeg (2005), Montreal (2006) and Victoria (2007).
The 2008 site is Hamilton, Ontario.
In 1987 the Canadian Railroad Historical
Association established its annual Awards. These awards
recognize and honour individuals and organizations
in the past year have contributed
significantly to the recording and/or preserving artefacts
of historical value related to Canadas railroads. Awards
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
an Article Award published in a non -C.R.H.A.
• a BookAward published in the last year; and
• a Preservation Award
of railroad artefacts by an
or group, and:
• a Multimedia Award
To be continued …
37 JANVIER -FEVRIER 2008
8integration dautres secteurs dactivite a
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
& St.Lawrence Rail Road.
Des conferences similaires eurent lieu a
Vancouver (1987), Hillsborough (1988), Toronto (1989),
Calgary, Revelstoke, Nelson et Cranbrook, (1990),
Montreal a loccasion du 60e
anniversaire de lACHF (1992), Toronto (1993),
Revelstoke (1994), Smiths Falls (1995), Prince
(1996), St. Catharines (1997), Winnipeg (1998),
Revelstoke (1999) et Montreal (2000). Le Canadian
of Railway ModeJlers sest joint a lACHF
pour des congres mutuels au cours des dernieres annees.
eurent lieu a Winnipeg (2005), Montreal (2006)
et Victoria (2007). La ville de Hamilton, Ont., a
retenue pour celui de 2008.
En 1987, IACHF a cree ses Prix annuels, qui ont
pour but de reconnaitre et dhonorer des personnes et des
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:
pour la realisation dune vie: prix decerne a une
pour son engagement significatif dans la
preservation ou la diffusion du patrimoine
pendant plusieurs annees.
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.
pour un article (deux prix) :
a un auteur ou une auteure pour la
qualite dun article paru dans Canadian Rail ou un
bulletin de division;
a un auteur ou une auteure pour la
dun article publie dans tout autre periodique.
pour un livre: prix decerne a un auteur ou une
auteure pour un livre publie durant lannee courante
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 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
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.
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
Parents and children waited for hours in hopes
the tracks could be cleared. There were tears shed by
some youngsters and some anger from the adults when it
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
CNs Harrison says u.
S. railroads will be
pressured to merge.
CEO Hunter Harrison said
in an interview with Bloomberg News that the biggest
U.S. railroads, including Union Pacific Railroad and
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,
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
January -February, 2008
transcontinental carrier or allow one railroad to
either the western or eastern U.S.
CN, which generates more than half
revenue from shipments to
or within the U.S., is currently
seeking STB approval for its $300 million purchase
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
plan, and Canadian National is hying to resolve its
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?
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
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
of 2009, when he turns 65. By then, he will have
than 45 years in the industry after starting as a
the Frisco in 1963. He led Chicago-based
Illinois Central until 1998. CN plans to name a chief
by mid-2009 who would be Harrisons
There is a high probability that the pick
will come from within the company, Harrison said.
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
the oil sands region of northern Alberta. CNs
purchase and rail-line rehabilitation plan are premised
long-term traffic volume guarantees that the Company
has negotiated with shippers Suncor Energy Inc.,
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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.
Harrison, CN president and chief executive officer, said:
CNs investment and partnership agreements with key
shippers will allow the parties to maintain
service to Lynton, Alta., a point
near Fort McMurray,
home of existing and future oil sands development.
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
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
the line will preserve market access to existing and
potential receivers along the rail corridor -today sulphur
petroleum coke move southbound on the ANY, and
of these commodities are expected to
the line in future. CNs line rehabilitation,
rail, ties, bridges and new
ballast, will allow greater volumes
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
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
The result would have been a significant
increase in truck traffic on Highway
increased congestion and safety concerns on the busy road.
is also a much more efficient way to move
freight traffic compared to truck, with
Green House Gas (GHG)
emissions. ANY marks CNs third short-line transaction
in economically vibrant northern Alberta in the past two
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.
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
near Edmonton that will see
of C$20-billion worth of heavy oil upgraders
in the coming decade.
CHEMIN DE ~ER: CANADIAN
CPR, Mayo Clinic officials meet to discuss DM&E
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
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.
that theyve made DO decisions about
accessing new coal haulage business in the Powder River
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
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
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
The board plans to conduct a public
or hear arguments in June and issue a final
decision on the transaction
by Sept. 30. (Progressive
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
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)
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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
the Canada Line will run between the
transportation hub at Waterfront Centre in Vancouver
and branches to Vancouver International
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
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,
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
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)
Countess ofDuflerin not landlocked after all.
This is a follow up on news items that the
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
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
and the general debris; has laid gravel covered with
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clay to retain the slope of the embankment, and grassed it;
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
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
of wood became visible when the cover fell away.
Indeed, that may be why the collapse wasnt more
The Countess is at the opposite end of the
station from the collapse, so was never directly
but now its certain that she is not landlocked
either. (Peter Lacey Winnipeg
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
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
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
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
(Globe and Mail)
Consultant unable to find buyer for closed
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
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
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
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
about the facilitys unionized workforce.
A spokesman for Foreign Affairs minister
MacKay, the Central Nova MP, said in an e-mail Tuesday
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
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
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
Despite some recent setbacks, the Island
Corridor Foundation is confident Vancouver Islands
railway service has a bright future.
of the ICF, owners of the 234-
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
He said despite the Island railway losing nearly
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
are beginning to turn around. Were
on a number of different fronts to
the railway, including the possibility of hooking
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,
are also up as the service
and we expect those numbers to continue to
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
(Nanaimo Daily News)
VIA TO REBUILD F·40s.
Via Rails fleet of F40 locomotives will be rebuilt
after the company announced a five-year, $101.5-million
CAD Railway Services Ltd. Via said that 53
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
n. The consist that day was: 6403 -6408 -8621 -8140 -8107 -8505 -Dollier -Laval-Acadian –
Lasalle-Salabeny. David Monis
RAIL CANADIEN • 522
money is part of the $691.9 million that the federal
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
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
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
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
the deal will be a major boost to his
company. This contract award positions Global as the
of locomotives in Canada and as
competitor in locomotive remanufacturing in
North America, he said in a statement. (The Canadian
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,
By investing in local infrastructure and
are investing in the people of Northern
Ontario, and thats an investment that always pays
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
In addition to providing a valuable
transportation service to local residents, Algoma Central
Railways Sault Ste.
Marie-to-Hearst passenger rail
the regional economy by carrying
customers, staff and supplies to
lodges and wilderness tour points, many
of which can only
by rail. The service transported 7,842
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
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
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
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.