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Canadian Rail 026 1952

NEWS mlPOR.!.. 1<% JUNE 1952
The regular monthly meeting of the
Association will be held in room 153 Queens Rotel on Wednesday, June 11th,
1952 and the meeting 1ill commence sha:-p at 8:00 PM. This is the last
~eeting before the customary adjournment for the summer months, and the
membel.s are requested to make a special effort to be present.
On S.l.turdey, May 17th, thirty members and guests assembled at the St.
Denis divioional carhouse of the Montreal Transpoftatlcn Commission, to partic­
ipate in an outing in ono ot the obs3rvat~cn st~eetcars, similar to one un~er­
taken ~ the AS3~ciation in May 1950, when car no.3 was used.
Obss:Va+.icn car no,.4 was assigned. to t..I.s tript which left the cath.::mse
1:40 PM c..f;er allowing t!1:;1se present to inepeet the Associations 1894
stretcar, IJo<,271f, wMcll had been moved outside for that purpose ..
The route followod W3S by way of StoDenis and Royal avenue and,
·following a briaf pause at tb.3 Mount Ruy31 -Park Avemt9 !(;Cp~ the ~nr mae..€1 its
….. &.y over the cm; s sc~nic #-:1 routo, up the steep no:..~th~rn £;!ope ef g.)u..1t Reyal.
Just boio::.e !9ach:..rg the 3J8-foot curved tun..1el, tho l~:3 .. e~ets were afferded a
beautiful vie, of tilo northorn half of tho I!Jla.1d& from thQ car line. West of
the tunnel, a. briof stop wae !!lade at the aumr:l:I.t of the line for photographso
Tho rout.e t.han follc1ed was by way of ROil.:;mb:£.:ulcc Road, Cote cas ljeig:~s Read,
Boulevard. Lansdowr~ and Clare~ont Avenues to ShGrbrooko St~eot.
Following Greene AI~nue and St~lJatherine Street west
a Mort sto-p wa.s made for
photeglc.phD the C~P.R~ v:i.9.d:u.ct on Glen Road. Passlng through St.Henri
via r~.ace Stl:enri. we were SCJn on the:. I.achine line pdvate-right-af-wayl where
we WGre glve!1. a rJ.,:.Qrt speed d~nJnlltre.tlen before the stop at Villa St.Pierree
of tM. s pa1r … t, our car caught up to, and passed, a eNR freight train to the
amu3eruent df our participants al~ the eneine crew alike.
Q.uite a conaterna.1.iJn was caused in the good city of, in which,
l1ks the upper reechAs of We.stmount, the car
.lS making its fi!st trip~ The
tenninated its we!>t-wal:i COUlse at 44th Avenue. The return trip, which
was uneventful, ·~s made thLOue~ the downtc~~ area via Notre Dame and Crp-ig) s-~ St.1ewronc;o Blvd
e ~k to St. ~nis carhouse. Accompanied as usual by our
indic~n3~ble friend, Instructor T. Bonenfant, we were elso fortunate in having
MoiorJ!lo.1. )·bider to opel1l.te the cal.. Mre has opclated equi.pment for us
en i .. -iC lIroicus occa3~ona ai1d. IJ2r…y of our n!,;,mbers will roosmbor him. The recain­
ing me~be~ of the crew was C~ndu0tor Docduiel~D Wo al~o had the plcaQ~re of the
cer.pany of Mr.ODtie.lY~ &!porintc.ndont of
th6 CTt·:s l.fount-Royal division.
On Gnnc.ay, Juno !nt) a..1 excursion W,UI … pe-:–atod from Montreal to Asbas~.os
Que. over tho line 01 tho National llil~:~ay!) to ilP..nville, add then by the
Al:boBtOB & l».1vHlo n .. dhfay of Car..adic.n Jl.lllle.·l/.anlilla Co. frcm Danv·i11e to
LqutpJ:lent conaided of OUR dicl:lel-electric u.1it car 15837, which
has been used on t ….. o previous oCoJasions by tho Associ~tion, and ono coach
On the Asbestos & Ianville :aanB.Yt the Clm. coach WIlS handled by
a diesel-electIi~
locolloti-re, noo4?
Despite the inclece!lt weRther, appro:t1rr.ately
7S persons including
crew, atc. ~de the trip and the Trip Committee tried to k~ep everyone
~~sed in order to dlspe~ the adverse effects of the weather on the passengers
train left Contral Station at approximately
7~SO AM and after a brief stop
at St~La1lbert and ru:lOther at Otterburn
rf.rk for passeneerSt
plus en operating
stop at St.Hyacinthe, a good run Ies r-.ade to Richr.lor..d Ihen~ ,E! arrivod conaidor­
ably ahead of our schedule.
Due to the rain, which persisted
all day, very few
members took adve.ntEl€8 of the placing of a SJ..a11 0-6-0 type engi:-..a at Richmcnd
for photographs,
which had baen thoughtfully
arra~ed ~ our friend, ~~. O,A.
Bolving Genern:!. Superintendent
of the Ca.ladian J.;at ional! s l·tontreal Di strlct.
Arriv~ at Asbestos wa3 made on timop and we wore nIl very impreaced
~J the spur-of-the-momen
t arrange~en~s
oa4a bythe Asbestos & Danville Railway
for our nccomcdntion.
An epen gondola cur rJUi bean speciclly f~tt9d ~p with
seE.ts fo7 C-lr UBO, and it waa wi th considernblc regret tnl ~1e were forced to
forego the use cf this tnviting: piece of eqnip:en~
which 188 intended fer noro
wcatne~~ Eoual to t~o occasicn at all tlmos, the A&DByo handled our
ch over their l:l.nes in lieu of the open ao
car fnd ell were P£or­
m.1..tted to vicw the very extensh!e
of ,Johns-Hu.nv!ll<;l
f:. aGbc~tos
op£!rat1on ~.:t cO!
T::.e :,a1n d.idn
t prevent the oajority of the
frem visiting the pithcuS8
and dispatcheris
office of the
1&:.-1~y. At the latter point, we ,,,ere trcr.sed to u display ef t1 :::1cale non~ope!­
aU!-£; medels mu16 by Mr. R~G. Harris, A&D d1sp.-~tcher
a.n.d, in=1dcnteIJy,
a member
of Oxr !3~cio.yCl
The mod.els
wcro wonderfull
y executed 8-I1d inc:i.ud<::od a CMada.
A~}.a:.lti.! 4~4-2 type, a Grand 2-6-0! a 4ri4-0 of the 1JEtntrc.l VF.lrmc:::lt Ry. and
a modern CNR 4…8-I.j.~ Ow. :;;:ohctographEl ·
…. era taken for the cor.lpany f.lEl.gazine. while
~.;e visitoc! the hoisting appnl·n. …. uS for thf:t ur.dsrgroWld
mines ,.,hi=h.ale now Horked~
The o:fE:lrati~.,n
in the vast cpen pit has ceased nt th3 presont ti:Je. We were 0.11
Idth ] lteral t::a:!ip:;ea of the (l,~besos ore, the famoua f1cot;tcn rock
,,·:.lica has orca~cd such an important
incius-:zy in this Provinceo
A!1 r:lov/ilmenb WG
re effectively
by Mr. J .L.Cowdrey,
Superintendent of the Asbeotoa & Danville By. ~ who was fl.ided by l-1r, Bruce 1:11.18,
end Mro R.G. Harris~ Di~tcherp mentioned previously
To all these gentlemen,
to other officers and e~plcyees who enab!ed us to see
the Lt.g) operation
l!lldsr -er .. r aC.verse cond.tti(jns~ the Trip Cor.nni!.:teo 8..1.d the
m]mbers ar.d
:.frlenis of the Association would like to extend ~.heir dee~
est thank a and appreciation~
We had a. ,.,on.ifJ:-ful tiDe,
and ,·Te j 11 be tack SCaln.
lhe arrangenents
wore nade in the Cnna1.1E1–l Nat:l.onal RailwllYs
by our good
frien·j: Mr~ O.A~ Tr.ldeau
General Passer.ger
~:-afflc Me.nager of tt…e gysteJ:!o The
D.1VgmO::lt wa3 accc:lpanlhi toy ;1f,:-~LGduc of the ~1R.1 s PasseLger Depart!:lunt~
a..1d by
Hr. J oJ 0 Canpbell, Asato Superintendent a1,; Mcntrea~.. Mro~earson, Asslstfmt
inter.dent at Ri~.LI:I:n.d accor:par.led
the frum 3.ichT:!cnd to Danvilleo
ROM Forenan of Dtosels, rrupe.::vissd
the r:.echB.:lical
E:lnd throughout the trip.
iotI!;L BID fI.illll o:~ 01~ OF THE FIRST
SUli])l,.YS IN OCT-i)EiiP… THE EYJ>.OT Dl~Y on:;.;£ E::L .:..rrnCUl1CED
mORTLY CI lQf::lP TilE
Canadian Pacific Railw83 is presently
nine colonist cnrs to baggage & smokir.g sombination
These cars, now numbered 2697 and
2699 to 2706 inclusive, were among the
most luxurious
of all colonist cars, Formerly uJ!! class sleepers,
retained their upholstored
seats in contrast to tho black loather of most
colonist cars& Oldtlmers
nmong tho shopmon rocall when they had gold
cloth ceilings and that they woro among
tho first cars to be stool platod.
They still rotain thoir truss rods. The CPR is also procoeding
of six parlour c~rs~ n08.6750 and 6753
to 6757
inclUsive, rtnd six buffot-pf.rlour enTs, n08.6664 and 6668 to 6672 inclus­
ive. Although exterior n:opon.rllJlco tiill bo chnngod but slightly~
Inte .. :!ors
will be cf entirely modern dcdgn with oxtonsivo usc of pln-stics, ilArbcrite
and chrono tlim~ Indirect llghtlng of the most modern
typo is being p!ov­
ded nnd new revolving
I:.nd roulining
will bo instllliodo
The following
havo recontly boon scraupod at A.lgUS Shops:
J5d *122;; D4g 11471; D10d 1165J; DlOb 11686. .-
Cn..ladian Pa.cific Ims diScQl1ti.TJ.ed..,p:!s.sQIlbe
sorv.icc bctwcon~DeBca.ujou
Son1.::0 on this :ino i.l:.sp~ovidod
by a. nixod running dnlly
excQPt Sunday which ~ms abolished
A.IlrH 27th, 19520
Cnnadlan Nltiol1,1l.
s Richibuc to ortJlch n.1 so bocnmo l
ifrcight servh:o only!1 on
April 27th~ This lino ij:).s sorved by:. mixod t:ain whit..h tt!Jl weekly, from
Kent Jcto to Rl~hlbucto
on Wednesdoy,
It is understood
the 10cOllotivo )25 of tho Hontr;nl & Eouthorn Counties Ry ..
is boing trnnsfcrrod
to t:1J Oahnwll Ryo~ while no.327 is destined to go to
Q.uobec to on tho fo::;ocr Quobec
:ily .. Both nro now nt PtoStoChnrles
On .April 30th 1952, the CNR station at Alr.m. Ont near Guelph was destroyed
by fira.
Canadian National Raih:lays has announced
its intention to truro off the
passenger and ~ixed trai~s between Palcerston
and Kincardine
and Pclcerston
and Snutha.npton
;:o.nd substitute
buses for Pl.ssengors
a.1d trucks for the nail.
Froight. servico would be contulUcd
ns nt prosont.
Tho nove is baing
oppcsoit by tho rnmicipnli
tics of Listowel
, Hildnay and Kin­
desir3f:l to eonpronise
with the CNR~ while rort ]lsin
c:a.1.:,s !Jo!e, !ather than llJSS Gervice should be. g~ven e.s the tracks havo to
b~ nainl>ainod
for frCJ .. ght ~ . Tho village of Paisley approvos the I:1.0VOS
Whila the Canadian National Rail,,:ays claims a savin& of $lOOp oeo yearly
by these moves, the OI.en Sa-…. 7ld paper calla it 1:£1. b;:t.ckward steplt~
It has bean sugg€.sted
by a Tvronto pcrlia.manta
;.lan that the
ate ).apid trnn~j.v Service C};R trucka to lh.:.1forth ..
tClIn:>hlp is re::pus~t;.1b tho Boald of Trnnsport COIlHlil:lsioners
C.::~ provide n. eOrnJ! tr.}.in botwoen Oslmwa. ruld TI):ronto.
TTC s!:Lould oper­
to havo the
C.?.nod1nn National Telegraphs
is using frequ,m:Y-modulntion
)od10 fer 15
toletype cnr::-iors. a bro!!..t-::cst
cirCUit, teleglaph
!!looSliges and.
calls in tho Montrecl aroa.~ SpocJa.l radio tm~ers arc situated
on Montroal s Sun Lifo Bullding~
tho Nor~h A:rloricr.m gra.~n alavator at
SorcI and on n. hill ttlO miles southerrst
of Grnnby~
Canadian Ntltional Steamships ro.s Mnounced that the vessels LADY NllLSOND
nnd LADY RODNEY are to be withdrawn from the Canada _ BritiSh West Indies
service. Protests ~~ve come from B.W.IG ~~ from British Guiena.
The Grand Trunk Western Rt.ilway hn.s ordered five eoaches from Pullmnn­
@ $119.800 each. Delivery is expected next Septomber.
At the proscnt time, the Federal Governmont operatos fiva private carsi
two for tho Govornor-Gonorn.l, ana for tho Primo Miniator. ono for tho
Minister of Trco.nsport and 0no for othor ministars. Tho PC party fools
that tho last two should be cut out. the CCF would abolish tho last threo.
Tho mayor of ~lnco Buy NS is arousod ovor tho CNRs nnnouncod now diosel
progral1lr.lO ond is urging all opposition to unite in protests. Rciently,
tho CNR conductod tonna.go tosts with diosel-hllUlod trnins botloon Truro and Mulgrnvo on
the strait of Onnso,
An American schoolboy onco snid that tho invontion of tho ste~
boat cnusod a vnst network of rivers to opring up –but hore in Cannda,
10 nro Cloro modost n::ld our forefathers were content to run their pl.oneor
·stenmboats on lakes
nod rivers thnt nature had put there thousands of
years before. We nrc guilty of one sorious fnult, howevor, We have
forgotton that Cann.d.n plc.yed Do vory prominont pnrt in tho oa::ly developmont
of inlnnd navigation and moro than 0no hundrod yonrs ago, thoro wore largo.
steflJ!lbl)nts on Canadir.ll lakes and rivers which woro fastor om! more con;­
fortnblo than tho ~onay boats of todny~ Tho StoLawronco River and
ibB tr1butnry In1l::0s and rivors wore nod always will bo pricoloss assets
to Cnnadn but naturo will ~~vo its littlo jokos. Thoro woro rapids at
tho most inconvoniont places and for about five months, the w~te~~nys were
frozen. Consequently, navigation was difficult on mnny i~portnnt routes
and ceased nltogethor for varying periods ovory yoar, Thie did not matt~r
much in tho oarly days whon Canada ,,,as a poor little colony, whose only
industrios were farming and the fur trade but in tho first five docados
of tho 19th Century, population and tho national ocono~ e~ded rapidly
and the need for bet~8r transportation was soon realized.
Our earliest railways were portaae linos, built to bypass
rapids or faterfalls or servod as feeders to the boat linos, Tho Cham­
plain & St.Lafronco Rnilroed from kprairio to St. Johns was ·l.uilt ~ecauso
of the rapids in the Rieholi~ River botwoon StoJohns and Chambly nnd was
para.:lol to an ancient road and fomor Indian trail cut through for the
samo ranson in prohistoric t1cos. The Lachine Rapids brought the Montreal
& Lachine Rcilroad into being, and the Erie & Ontario and the Ontario,
Simcoe & Huron were built to bypass Niagara Falls.
By 1845 it was realized that C~~daI8 greatest need wns a rail­
-vrny to an ice-free port on the Atlantic COOl:lt. 1-1a.ny favoured a railway
to Halifax but tho groat distance through an uninhabited region retarded
the devclopl!lont of this project for many yoars.
Tho first to got undor wn::! was tho StoLm.,ronco & Atlantic RR in
Can~n and t~e Atlantic & Sto Lawronca Ra in tho Unitod States, a joint
project pronoted by active groups in Montreal, Sherbrooke and Portland.
although it O~st be confessed that the }·fontrealors were not too enthusiastic
at firsto These two companies co~~encod construction sioultaneously at Lo~
ueuil and at Portle.nd and after six years of harrowing vicissitudes, financial
and otherwise. they net at Island Pond. Vorwont, far away in the wilderness.
UeaDllhlle, the largor schono of an intor-colonial railway had its
cupporters. Surveys wero i:lade between 1846 Ilnd 1848 and i::1 Novcnbcr 1850,
Josoph Rowo, th~n prccier o~ Nova Scotia, journoyod to London to try to gain
tbo BUpport of tho British Icper1al Governnent~ A few Donths later, he
returned in t~iumph. The Br! .. ,,!sh GovernlJent Iould guarantee a loan of
£7,000,000, to be used to build an inter-colonial railway fron Halifax to
Quebec, the European & North An~rican P~ilway froD Moncton to Saint John and
Vanceboro, the Quebec & Richnond railway to connect the inte~colonial line
with the partly-cor.:rpleted StLawronco & Atlantic RR-J and it tiaS oxpocted
thoro would bo enough of the guarantee left over to built a line westward.
fran Montreal to Lake Ontario~ All doubts vanished -Canada. ,,,as to have a
st syetsn of rallw~a _ and th134 the bubble burst. Late in 185:, the
Colonial Office declared thBt Rowe had been oistaken in asguning that tho
guarantee could be applied to railways IW.ning to the United Statos bOU..Tldary,
lines that New Brunm~ick a~d Canada E~st woro particularly interested in.
In spite of this disappointncnt, public opinion was arousod in favour
of railway construction. Sir Francis Kincks was ninister of finance ot tho
Province of Cana.c.o, and pllYcd a proninent part in tho su!:>sequont dovelopDonts.
He was a political opportunist a1d changed his nind with r.larning freauoncy;
sone of his policies wt;.re wrong but it 1.8 quite obvious tw.t he sincerely
believed he las naking the best possible arrN1genonts.
Early in 1852 tho St .. La.lJro!co & Atlant ie RR fron Longu.cuil to Port­
land, was nearing cODf:i.etion al.d.~ in Canada ;jeet} t1fO oxtenstvo railwayc
were ~us·t getting started; the Great /eotern Rnilwny fron Ni,aga.ra Falls,
thr~lilgh Hamil ton and London to Windsor, and the Ontario Simcoe & Huron Rallray
f:-om :Loronto tlortlnfard t) kko Simcoe and Lake Ruron. A connecting link
WJ.S need,3d and the Montrea~Shsrbrooke group .tho controlled t!l.e StLawrence &
AUanUc BR –Jo!m Young~ Luther H~ HoJ.:ton
D~L 10.cpherson, Alexander To
Galt nnd Casimir S .. Gzow6!d. -applied for cha;otors for the Montreal. .& KiIl€ston
Railway , and the Kineston & Toronto Ry:, t~a former to be built inrncd-
iately and the latter a littlo later. Nnvigation was slow end difficult on
the Upper Sto La ….. renco but it was thought th<>-t the DlB….lY larbo and oxcellont
steambo~ts on Lru~o Ontario coud serve for a fow yoars mo~oo Tho chart~rs
-ioro ~ sSllod, bat each conte.l!lOc.. a sufll)onding clause preventing the~ from
taking effect until special proclanation was ~e -after other plans failed~
It waa at this point that the facous
Ji!r!lscey contra~ti!..g fi~ 8:r::;9!sd. the pi.:turec-W!ll) r:Jao:!e the or!g~nal COlJtrect
i.e Mt o::J.eclro It mi.ght hc.~9 been HinckH~. c.;r it r.:ight have boen the London
banking fhns~ Barlng Bros … and Glyn Mills -who wore the finaTlcial backors
~f the Brassey firo a.~d also tho London agents of tho Provinco of Canada, or,
and thoro is a strong proswption. Brassoy was sooking greenet fields for
exploi tationo (To be continued)
Robert R. Brown
In 1870, the Missisquoi & Elnck Rivers Railway was incorporated
to build froD a point on the (hand Trunk Re.ilway~ at or near Richr.lond, south­
ward to a point on the boundary of Pot ton Township and it is bel1.eved that it.
was to be a northern extension of the Missisquoi Valley Railway in Vernant;
the two forcing a line fron StoAlbans to Rlchcond. ProgleSS was 810.0 and it
took nine years to conplete the grading from Melbourne to Bolton and lay rails
fron Dl11ontown (now East~) to the Bolton copper cines.· This exhausted the
resources of the Coopany and it went bankrupt. The Central Vernont Railroad
then operated the conpleted portion as an industrial spur until about 1887 when
the nines clos~d.
The Orford Mountain Railway was incorporated in 1888; in 1892 it wa~
completed fran East~ to Lawrenceville and a year later to Kingabury ~ost of
it be~ng built on the abandoned grade of the Mlssisquoi & Black Rivers Rail~ay.
In 1904, it wa~ built south from East~an to Potton and a branch to Stukely Lake
and in 1905 an extension froll Klllgsbur./ to Windsor lUlls, In 1907 it was bu
ilt southward to l.fansonville;,
The Canadian Pacific Railway bought the property on March 1st 1910 and
extended the line fraIl Me.nsonville to a connection with tho Ne ….. po:rt line at
North Troy. The last oile of this extonsion was in Ver~Gnt and was built under
the charter of the Midland Railway of Veroont.
rne section last built. from Mansonville to North Troy. was tho first
to go; train serlico was discontinued on ~!ay 1st 1936 and the rails lifted
300n after. Service was discontinued between Windsor Mills and Kingsbury on
27th, 1940 and two years later rails were lifted between Windser Mills awl Klngsbury and between Eastt:l8.n and Manscnvil1e.
Finally the section between
KiagsOury and Valcourt was closed on Deceober 15th 1949 and disoantled soon after.
Nc..thine gces to waste a..l.d the station building at Flodden ,.a8 Dovod bodily and
l~~v; is Grove Hill station on the lakeshore near Uontreal. Ir. the early
~a7s. the novenant of 1unber and farn produce was considerablo but tod8¥ about
the only source of revenue is the large anoWDob11e factory at Valcourt.
1. 4-4-0 13x.lSII 4i,i1 1879 Kingston
2. II Ii jj 11 II
Originally built for tho narrow ()6
) gauge Lake
Chanplain & StLawrence Junction Railway e.s no~3 BEDFORD
and no.,.2 A3BOTSFORD. In 1581 becE..t:le SO.1th Eastern Ry.
n~a.21 and 20 and converted to standard gaU6e. No.1 was
bough.t by tho OMS: in 1891 and no.2 in 1896.
·17×24 62 ]878 Ba1&wln #4714
Origi ~&Jly noo 5 EMrRESS OF INDIAn ot_truwLoaeJ2.h.Jfhi.tslhead
contraot on the Canadian Pacific~allw~ In~882-bacece_
i5Plri l 7; in 1905 f2o; boucAt by the OMR in 1909.
6959 De lEpee Avenue,
).!ontreal 15. Que.

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