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Canadian Rail 050 1954

CANADIAN RAILROAD HISTOlUCAl A.SSOCIATION
INCOEPOR,AItD.
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Nl:;vi S RLPORT # 50
N
O V E~ 1B I:~IL19 54.
lfunt real , Canada.
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The r egular monthly meeting of t he Assoc­
NOTICE OF HE~T ING I iat i on will be held in the Tr ~nsportat ion

!
Bui lding, 159 Craif St r eet 1:!est, Montreal,
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at ;3: 00 PJVI on /Jeclnesday, November lat h. The
.t~nterta inment Committee Chairman, ITr . 1lorthen, would like to
invi te each member who takes 35-mm. colour slides to contact hi.m by tel
ephone at WE . 4J58 wit h the 0bject in
mind that each such
member might assemble a series of twenty-five sl ides on some
pa
rticular aspect of transpor tation. Several of these series have
been assetnbLed and vri L], be shown at the next meeti ng , arid others
~
il l be Sh O~l from time to time. Somm of the members have expross­
ed the feeli ne that pictur e di splays should cover some part i C_lLc r
subject or sUbj ects and it is with this object in mind that the m
embers ar-e invited to pr-epar-e slide prOr r ali1mes .
——.,
October 25th, 1854 was a day fore-ordained
B
TfT T 1 cl I i,TC I
COt·
ENG -..J L ,u ~ 1,o . to be signi f i cant in the hi st ory of the
L,
!
f
vror ld. At that time, the Crimean War was rUllni ng
its course in Eur ope, and on that
day, the decisive battle of Balacl ava took place, the scene of
one of the most heroic, al bei t suicidal mili tary skirmishes in
r ecent times –who has not heard of the Char-ge of the Li8;ht
Brigade? Un that day, over shadowed by exploits of the glor ious
Y! six hundred
ll
, there occurred an event of somewhat less signif­icance in co
mparison, yet of interest to the st udent of Canadian
rail transpor tat i on, for within a few hours after the Light Br ig­
ade c
harged at Balaclava, the locomotive Ot.tawa pulled the first
train over the Mont real &Bytown Hail way, better known by its
l at er designat ion –Carillon k Grenville Rai lway.
The subj
ect of the Cari llon (.r, Grenville, Canadas Last Broad Gauge
i1
has been tr (;;ated by 11r. .tober t. H. Br-own in anot her of his excel lent
histories, which will appear, in commemorat i on of the ce
ntenary of t.ho openi.nr-of the Line, as our Bulleti n no.18.
BulL
cti.n Ho, 19, to appear early in 1955, wi .Ll. be a compr e­he
nsi
ve all-tioe roster of all business, special and of ficial cars
of
the Canaoi an Facif ic iia i Lway , fr om18131 to date, which has
been assembled by the Bdi t or, tIro O.S.A. Lavallee. The Canadian Pa c
i fi.c has ownecl some one hund.red and t.wcnt.y five offici al cars
since it s inception, and many of the earlier ones are still in use wi
th the more moder n cars. A number of photographs and plans
wi l l be included .
Also sche
duled for publication next year will be another elect r
ic rai lway bul letin, probably treatinr the Mont real Par k &.
Island ~a ilway , and a bull eti n on Canadian self -propel led steam,
g
as and diesel cars, both il l ust rated wit h plans and phot ographs.
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CANADIA.N RAILROAD HISTOlUCAl A.SSOCIATION
I NCO RPORAT!D.
IIontreal, Canada.
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I
NOTICE OF HE~TING i
i
…. __ .. ___________ –1
The regular monthly meeting of the Assoc­
iation will be held in the Tr~nsportation
Building, 159 CraiE! ,street l:Jest, Nontreal,
at 3: 00 FJVI on Ifednesday, November 10th. The .t::nte
rtainment Committee Chairman, Mr. TJorthen, would like to
invite each member who takes 35-mm. colour slides to contact hLn
by telephone at WE.4J5g with the object in mind that each such
member might assemble a series of twenty-five slides on some
particular aspect of transportation. Several of these series have
been as:3embled and vlill be shown at the next meetinp, and. others
viill be shown frow time to time. Samet) of the members have express··
ed the fee line that picture displays should. cover some partie.l l.:.r
subject or subjects and it is with this Object in mind that the
members are invited to prepare slide proframmes.
L
—–,
COt,IING BULLbTIlJ::3 I
j
October 25th, H~54 was a clay fore-ordained
to be significant in the history of the
vvorld. At that time, the Crimean vIar vTas
rUllning its course in Europe, and on that
day, the decisive battle of Balaclava took place, the scene of
one of the most heroic, albeit suicidal military skirmishes in
recent times –who has not heard of the !!Charge of the Light
BrigadeY?? Un that day, overshadowed by exploits of the glorious
Y! six hundred
l1
, there occurred an event of somewhat less signif­
icance in comparison, yet of interest to the student of Canadian
rail transportation, for within a few hours after the Light Brig­
ade charged at Balac1ava, the locomotive YOttawa
l1
pulled the first
train over the Montreal & By town Railway, better known by its
later designation –Carillon k Grenville Hailway.
The
subj e ct of the Carillon &, Grenville, Canadas Last Broad
Gauge1 has been trE~ated by Hr. lcobert H. Brom in another of his
excellent histories, which will appear, in commemoration of the c
entenary of thc.-3 openinv of the linE:, as our Bullet in lJo .1g.
dulle-.tin Ho. 19, to appear early in 1955, will be a compre­
hensive all-tine roster of all business, special and official cars
of the Canac~i:0.rl Facific Hailway, from 1831 to date, which has
been assembled by the Bditor, t~. O.S.A. Lavallee. The Canadian
l:Jacific has owned some one hundred and twcmty five official cars
since its inception, and many of the earlier ones are still in
use with the more modern cars. A number of photographs and plans
will be included.
Al
so scheduled for publication next year will be another
electric railway bulletin, probably treatinr the Montreal Poxk &.
Island Kailway, and a bulletin on Canadian self-propelled steam,
gas and diesel cars, both illustrated with plans and photographs.
——- I
The fourth�
ina 8er~e s on the�
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JAlJAD:AY I.1 AN NORTHERN RAI LW�
by Ant hony
Clegg.�
CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILVJAY�
._——_ ._~——,.~-,.._~._~ ~ ._—~—–. _-
Winnipe g, ~bnitoba 7
December 17, 1904 .
Th
is, I pre sume, will be my l ast letter from the 1rJest . Early in the new yen::
3 sh1:.11 be l eavi ng :E1:1r t.he nov Canadd.an Nor ther n Headquarters in TOlorJGo. T;k;
12.D vl8.Y office s at King & Tor ollt o Stceets are nO,,1 be t.ng sr~!,arged , and I ahal L S () C ,~
i:L) once agal.n Fith H2 , Hanna , J;10 zas t.rnns fer-r ed t.o Lne EcH-,t +wo years ago . H3
F1.S promoted to Third Vice··Presio.ent, an appoi .rrtment. th(l~iCl:t2: :;ly de GiS r Vi.-:;, uy one Jh:>
vorked so hard dur-i.ng the early-Y8ars of t.he System. fOl1 would t::link we had been
){kr nt i ng
for the last ha.l f cent ury to hear me taJJ~, –but. I feel t.hnt ve are Dei.!
,,~
t of the pioneer cat egor y and are firml y established as om of the gn:at nd,J:cCCtCW
Jf the cont i nent.
During the post tvo yet,.r s our systemhas grown considerably}not onl y in mt.Leuge
:
}1_ ~t al.so in the scope of its operat.tona. Since acquiring the li ne s of th3 Gree.t
!,kr-i-,h(r n R1.ill,wy orCanada, the Cho.tenuguay and Nor ther n RaihulY? and the Cerit.rv.I
-r;.l..:cvlf:l;)ly last ;raCil, our activities have become really ,,!idospread. The Central Ry.
: ,S -1 ,.., t
J
::; , oCG-Lia and together i-lith tlie Caledonia Br-mch give s us rri.ne tyseven miles
in the At1811+ic Coasb Province. The Great Norther-n RG.i1wilY of Canada and the G,c:..t ­
eauguay and Nor tl.0),l are in Quebec, and extend from Havkesbury on the Ottawa River
-(,0 EL;j_e ,-~ e a Pierre, north of Qucobec CitY9 as .Jell as from Nontreal to Jol iet t e and.
a l~lX!.b..;T of sm~,ller branch li nes. Ihe sc Li.nos , whi ch were built as colonization
ronds , helve be2D ill poor fLnanc i.a.l condi.t.Lon for some yoar s ,2.nd the story goes t hat
m
any c~ time t.he train for t he north has not boon ab.Lo t o leave Quebec until tiD paso­
envel rooo
Lpt.s bad pai.d for the fuel bill. That. part of our System in Quebec Prov­
Lnco 1:j~_11 be 1;n01<1D as the CanadLan Northcr-n Quebec Rai.Lvay, He; shoLl. be in c.lcser
to,:oh lith the operut.Ion of these acquisitions from our central office in Tor ont o.
The Hest er n picture corrti.nuea to take shape. Our Prai r i e mi.Leage of 1588.5
miles uxt e nds an far as Melfort and KamsGck, and includes the isol at ed segmoDt of
the Edmonton, Yukon a nd Paoi.fLo Ry, –7 .8 miles in lengt h. This Li.no (somet i me s
fo.cetiou::ly 02.11ed the Edmorrton , Yukon and Aurora Borca.lLs ) holds a tremendous cusa
by ch:::,rt e1 but has not progrossed much past t ho City Limi ts of the A1tert8. Capi t c.L,
It runs from the Village of Str2.thcona down into the valley of the North Sa skat,­
chewan, and acr oss the rivor to tho smn.lL frame s cat.Lon building at the foot of
Rossvs Grado. Nezt summer the line 1,li11 be corrtInued ul.orig the riv o:;.~ bank, a :!~~
up to the central part of tho Ci t y. Like our first line in the Ea3t, it is a SOI~
of onc-mnn cf L liI9 lith a Vl . Errsj.Jistle filling the role:)f Locon.o tivdi:nsino0r as
Hell as §;enor al mccharrl.c and super-irrtenderrt,
The projection faY our line to connect Edmontol1 \1i t h the Manitoba section has
nO11 been sot.t.Lod, L.1tho;lgh the originCtl plans were for it to go through Prince
Albort,Hr.NncLeods opinion thatit Should fol Low the original C.P.Ry. projection
from Grandview has heLd, and construction of that line is nov proceeding It!estvlerd
from Kamsack , This is the Lar-go at sJ,Dgle extcr:2ion under conat.ructton at tho prescrrt
but. numer ous other lines of not incon sequontial length and ir,portance a.l.so a….T3 being
pushed to compl.et.Lon, He shal.l. go over tho 2000 mile mar k boforo tho end of next
summe
r.
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The fourth
in a ser::es on the
J ::::ANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY
i by Anthony Clegg.
Winnipeg~ ~bnitoba7
December 17, 1904.
This, I presumey will be my last letter from the 1rJest. Early in the new yea:::
1;.3 801:.11 be leaving fl::lr the D8vI C8.nad·io.n Northern Headquarters in TOJorJco. T:k;
laJJ.vJ8.y office::3 at King & TorOl.,to Streets are no,,! bei.ng t.r~!.d.rged~ and I shall SGCJ.~
i),) once aga.in vJitb H2, Ha~ll1a, /;10 ~as trar:sferred to ti1.e Em,t, +0 years ago. }is
F1.S promoted tel Third VLce·oPresio.ent, an appcJintmsl1t th(ni(lA2:~;.ly fteGEorVi..:;, uy ODe wh:>
<;:lIked so hard durJ,ng the early yenn; of t.he System.fOc.l would t:~1ink we hn.d b38G
);krn.ting for the last half century to hear me taH~, –but I feel that 1,-Je are DC.!
,,~t of the pioneor category and are firmly established as on8 of the gnat rwU ro Jf tho continent.
During the past 1;1,10 yer:.rs our system has grown considerably) not only in milear,8
but also in the scope of its operations. SiDce acquiring the lines of the Greet
NurthFrn h,clil1.wy or Canadrl.
y
the Cho,tecmguo.y and Northern Raihu.w? [wd tbe Cent:c.l
r.uIt10y~ last yeCl.l, our activi.ties ba/o become really v.Ji.despread. The Centra} Ry.
:.s i Y t
1
::. oGGlia and together Hith tlie Cecledon1.a Br.DCb gives us ninetyseven miles
in the Jl.tlan+ic CO:1st Province. The Great IJGrthern Railwo.y of Canada and t,be CL::.G­
eangue-) and lJo:: ti.e.),1 are in Quebec~ aDd extend from Hm>lkesbury OD the Ottawa Rive°:­
-(,0 EL;i8
1
;,e a Pierre J north of Quebec C1 tY9 as 14011 as from Montreal to Joliette and
a l~lFb..;T of smlller brccnch linos. Theso linesy 4hich were built as colonization
nXlds, h,1VC ;JOC;D in poor financit,.l condit:l.o[] for somo yoars,e,nd the story goes that
many [~ time the trnin fer the north has not boon nble t,:) leave Quebec until tiD pniTJ­
(;)lvel recei.pts bad po.id for the fuel bill. Thc.t part of our System in QU(3boc Prov
:i.nce 1:J~J,l bt; In101-Tn as the Canadian lJorthorn Quehec hai1way. He; s[1.a11 be in c1cf;cl
to,~ch it.h the opero:tion of thesu acquisitions from our central office in Toronto.
Tho Hestern picture continuer) to take shapo. Our Prairie mileage of 1588.5
miles l)xtonds an far as Molfort and Kamsack, and includes tho isolated segm()(~t of
the Edmonton, Yukon and Pa,r;ific Ry. –7.8 milos in length. This lino (sometimes
faGotiouuly cc.lled the Edmonton, Y12kon ond Auroro. Boro[tlis) holds a tremendous inSo.
by cheer-tel but has not progrossed much past the City Limits of the AltertCl. C1.pit::cL
It runs from the Village of Strathcona down into tbe valley of tho North Saskat­
ch81..mn, and across the river to tho smnl1 frame s Gation building n.t the foot of
Ross Y s Grade. Nez-c SllTllTller the line Jill be; continued ulong the rive:;,~ bank::. a:J~:
up to the central part of the City. Like our first line in the Ea3t, it is a SOI~
of one-man ,.ff:1ir? 1-lith a 1;:1. Ent,dstle filling the role of LocoYhv tivd:;:nSii10Er as
Hell as g;enoral mechanic nnd superintenclent.
The projectioD fo),~ our line to connect Edmontorl notJ been sot,tJ_,)d. Llthough the originul plans wore for it to go through PriDco
hlbort,Hr.No.cLood
l
s opirdon tbat it should folIo! the original C.P.Ry. projection
from Grandview has held, and construct:ion of th2t lino is no,,! proceeding ltrestVle,rd
from Kamsack. This is the largest 8:1,n:;le extcr:3ion under constructi_on at tho presont
b1.1t mnncrous other lines of not inconsequontial length and 1.r:lportance 21so i:LTD boing
pUDhcd to cOI!lp1etion. lie sh::111 go over tho 2,000 mile mark bofore the 8n<3 of next
summer.
Now, of course , don t think that all t hi s mileage is fir st Now,
of course, dont think that all this mi leage is first class
rai Lway — -in fact, many of the br-anch lines are far from jt ,: But
we have adopted t he policy of constructing our track quickl y anc: HCO­
nomicallytoservethe countryas soonadpos sibla ,andthen gradual ly
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improve the lines as traffic builds up.
Just a few months ago we were looki ng over one of the branches,
whi ch i s still officially under construction i? although mixed t rs.:5_113
ar e being operated . The weather was damp, and the roadbed soft
J
as
we rattled al ong at a speed of something like fifteen miles per hour. Al l
ofa sudden , one of the box cars of lumber in the middle of t ill,
~r
a in settled too far int o the unballast ed roadbed, and off the tr acl:
;:he went . Luckily, the rest of the train stayed on the rails,bur. no
<-.mount of pushing or pulling would budge the der ai led car, a cor-rier of
which was afoul of the li ne. . Our resourceful train crew were not t
hat easil y stopped, however, and they, together with a smal l constr­
ucti::.>D gang and those passengers who were able, set to work and moved t he t
rack a foot further south. ~Jhe n we were finished , the Canadian
Nort her n rails were lined up wi t h one more gent le curve in them –the
r.r a i.n was coupled together –and t he engi.ne again moved cautiousl y rOIw
Jrd . Another example of the ing enuity that characterizes the men
w}:o operate the trains on our pioneer lines. On some of the well ­
established sect i ons, however, I bel ieve a gr owi ng t endency can be det
ect ed to do no more than the rul es require. Hope the trend does n
ot go too f ar!
The following statist i cs that we have assembled may be of int er­
est -_. showi ng as they do the tremendous gr owth of the System during
the past year or so .
Ju
ly 1, 190? to .Jul y 1, 1903 to
CANADIAN NOHTHERN RAI LiJAY June 30, 19Q.l… June 30, 1904
Mil es of railway op8r ated 1276 1349
Number of locomotives
73 98
N
umb8~ of passenger train cars 36 A 55 fI.
Passenger s carried 281,801 358,133
Passeng0r train mil es 452,891645,253
Tons of fr eight carried 901,608 1,109,585
F
r ei gh~ train mi l es 990,1741,052,733
Earnings (t housands of $)
2,449 3,243
!ype~f-2ass enge r train cars
First class coaches 11 15
Second cl ass coaches 11 17
Combination cars
4 4
B2ggage and Express cars 6 9
JJi.
~1 ing coaches 12
Busi ness cars
3 3
Sl eepi ng cars
3
TourLet car s 2
000000000000
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JJow, of course, dont think t.hat all this mileage is first
Now, of course, dont think that all this mileage is first class
railway —in fact, Elany of the brGi.nch lines are far from it ,: But
we have adopted the policy of constructing our track quickly anG HCO-
110mi cally to serve the count:rY as soon aa possible, and then gradu.211y
improve the lines as traffic builds up.
Just a few months ago we were looking over one of the branches,
which is still officially llunder construction I although mixed tr3.J_1l5
are being operated. The weather was damp, and the roadbed soft~ as
we rattled along at a speed of something like fifteen miles per hour.
All of a sudden, one of the box cars of lumber in the middle of till
~rain settled too far into the unballasted roadbed, and off the tracl:
;:11e went. Luckily, the rest of the train stayed on the rails, b.:t no
i.?mount of pushing or pulling would budge the derailed car, a corner of
which was afoul of the line. . Our resourceful train crew were not
that easily stopped, however, and they, together with a small COTIstr­
uCti811 gang and those passengers who were able, set to work and moved
the track a foot further south. ~Jhen we were finished, the Canadian
Northern rails were lined up with one more gentle curve in them –the
f,:;.-ain was coupled together –and the engine again moved cautiously
fOl~Jrdo Another example of the ingenuity that characterizes the men
who operate the trains on our pioneer lines. On some of the well­
established sections, however, I believe a growing tendency can be
detected to do no more than the rules require. Hope the trend does
not go too far!
The following statistics that we have assembled may be of inter­
est -_. showing as they do the tremendous growth of the System during
the past year or so.
CANADIAN NORTHI~RN RAILWAY
Miles of railway operated
Number of locomotives
Numb8~ of passenger train
Passengers carried
Passenger train miles
Tons of freight carried
Freigh~ train miles ,
Earninis (thousands of $)
!ype~-2~assenger train cars
First class coaches
Second class coaches
Combination cars
Baggage and Express cars Din
ing coaches
Business cars
Sleeping cars
Touri,st cars
July 1, 1902 to Ju
ne 30, 1903.
1276
73
cars 36 A
281,801 452,891 901,608 99
0,174
2,449
000000000000
11
11
4 6
1
3
July 1, 1903 to
June 30, 1904
.1349
98
55 t
358,133 645,253
1,109,585
1,052,733
3,243
15
17
4
9
2
3
3
2
On October 5t h, the first of thirty eight new
-·–·~~;E 3—-1
passenger road diesels 1:(,nt int o service on the
Canadian Nat.Loria L Y s Occam Limi ted b t.wee n Ilont.r-ealc
AND( arid HaL i.fax , Thi r teen A unit s and t weLve B unit s
are being built at London by General Notors Di esel
Nm-JS
. Limited, and six A units and six B unit s by the
l, ___ ____ ____.-1 Canadian Locomot.Lve Company rJ. t Ki ngst on. GrvIDL locomot i ves arc rated
at 1750 HP, whi le the King st o~
units are 1600 HP. There are geared for 90 mph.
C
anadi.an National has order-ed two further Hnc cars tr-om the Budd Com·· p
any of Phi ladel phia, to oper ute.in service between QuebE::c and Chic­out imi
in the Lake 3ai nt John area.
Hcd l way services in the Toronto area were seriously affected in the a
fter-mat.h of a hurricane which causod a considerable dcat.h and prop­er t y
d
~ mage tol l on Friday, October 15th. Most serious damar e was caused by f
lash f looding of rivers and streams in the afflicted d
Lst.rLct.s, Canadian Nati.oncL Ih ilways suffered l~.3 r ecor ded w2 sh ~)Uts
on ei{)lt 8en subdivisions. Canadian Pa cif i c suffered comparable
dcmagc, Bot.h railways cancel led many trains whi, 11;:; ot hers won:; r-er-out o.I.
Irr.f IL c bet ween Toronto and ,!e,stl:lrn Canada was diverted by both sys­
t ems , t.hac on the Clm via Napanee and Ottawa, whi I.e cpn t rains were
rout ed thr ough North Bay, Car l eton Placo and Smiths Falls.
A rec ent pr
ess announcement by a Vice President of the Union Pacific
RR discloses that that railroad has been cons idoring a possible
oxtension for some time. The extension would extend fr om Seat t le to
Seward, Alaska –via British Columbia.
Recent inaugurat
ion of the aut.omobi le for-r-y service by the Newfound-· l and D
ist r i ct of the Canadian National Railways saw a train of seven­teen
flat cars operate bet.ween Gl arenville and Gander. On the return j
ourney, the accomodati on was bookod to capacity. There is no trans-
island highway in JJ8lfoundland ; the rail ser vi ce bri dges thf..-) ge.p in
the road systems between the east er n and west ern sections of the islar ~ .
-AT T:ii IY I ~)uring Oct ober, the fi rst sod1C GRT;jT 1 ,1 ( T1,F.J ]T T
Pi
l.
CIF
,L J.J l. Drl ) c,~ ll.H -t d b ld ,.,th PGED ..L.J- U
was -urne ln ullng 0 1 e
,——— Vancouver-vSquamjsh l i nk, in the s
ection extendi ng 6~ miles south of Squamish, al ong Howe Sound. All
contracts have been called for t.he souther n rout e, except that for a
viaduct at Britannia Beach and ten trestles in Nort h Vancouver. L
aying of the fir st track wil l start in December or January on the
Van
couve r-Brit c~nn ia section, while rai L on t he Squamish end wi Ll, be lai d
in the spring. Prepar ations are goi ng forward for the boring of
a 1,600-foot tunnel north of Fury Cr eek.
h
.t the S,:;,nK time, the railway L3 prepar i ng to construct fur t.her in
to the nor thern parts of the Province, beyond Prince George, and it
is said that a start wi ll be made in 1955 by laying at least 70 mil es
of track northwar d from the Prince George termi nus, which was reached
two years ago .
Provincial Rai Lway Minister He.l ph Chetwynd has made a bet t .hat
the first train out of Horseshoe Bay for the ful l run from Wast Van­c
ouver to Pr ince Geor ge Hill l eave at 1+ :1 5 PM on July 11th, 1956.
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AND
On October 5th, the first of thirty eight new pas;:,cnger
rOiJ.d diesels \(,nt into service on the
Canadian Hational Y s OC8[lTIl Limited butHeen nontreal
anJ Halifax. Thirteen A units and tv/slve B units
are being built at London by General Notors Diesel
Limited, and six A units and six B units by the
________ -.1 Canadian Locomoti(8 COIi1panyat Kingston. GlIDL
units are
locomot i ves arc rC:<.ted at 1750 HP, while the Kingstor:
1600 HP. There are geared for 90 mph.
C
anadian National has ordereG. two further RDC cars frolll the Budd Com··
pany of Philadelphia, to operate .in service between Quebec and Chic­
outimi in the Lake 3aint John area.
Hcdlway services in the Toronto area were seriously affected in the
aftermcclth of a hurricane which caus(?d a considerable death and prop­e
rty d~magG toll on Friday, October 15th. Most serious damare
was caused by flash flooding of rivers and streams in the afflicted dis
tricts. Canadian Nation<::l lhilways suffered 1~·3 recorded w2shcmts
on ei{~htGon subdivisions. Cc.wadian Pacific suffered comparable
dD.magc. Bot;h railways cc-wcel1ed many trains while others were reroutc:l.
Tr;,ffic betll/een Toronto and ,je,stl::rn Canada was diverted by both sys-t
ems, th2t on the CHIt via Napanee and Ot tnwa, I17hile CPR trains were
routed through North Bay, Carleton Placo and Smiths Falls.
A rece
nt press announcement by a Vice President of the Union Pacific
RR discloses that that railroad has been considoring a possible
(;xten8ion for some timE;. The extension would extend from Seattle to
Seward, Alaska –via British Columbia.
Recent inauguration of the automobile lIferryll service by the Newfound-· l
and District of the Canadian National Railways saw a train of seven­
teen flat cars operate between Glarenville and Gander. On the return
journey, the accomodation was bookod to capacity. There is no trans-
island highway in lJ8\ffoundland; the rail s8rvice bridges the:: ge.p in
the road systems between the eastern and western sections of the islar~.
PACIFIC GREAT EA~3TEHN l1fJLwAY Juring October, the first sod
was turned in building of the PGE
————————. Vancouver-Squamisrl link, in the
section extending 6~ miles south of Squamish, along Howe Sound. All
contracts have been called for the southern route, except that for
a viaduct at Britannia Beach and ten trestles in North Vancouver.
Laying of the first track will start in December or January on the Vancouve:r-
Brit2.nnia section, while Iail on the Squamish end will be la
id in the spring. Preparations are going forward for the boring of
a 1,600-foot tunnul north of Fury Creek.
lit the s,.:;.nK time, the railway L3 preparing to construct further
into the: northern parts of the Province, beyond Prince George, and it
is said that a start will be made in 1955 by laying at least 70 miles
of track northward from the Prince George terminus, which ,,fas reached
two years ago.
Provincial Hailway ~Hnister Re.lph Chetwynd has me.de a bet th::lt
the first train out of Horseshoe Bay for the full run from West Van­
couver to Prince George Hill leav(; at h:15 PM on July 11th, 1956.
c i nce t he line was ext.ended f rom Quesnel to Prince Georfe t wo years
ff 10 01–, ~
a go , t-r~ lC vo u~ e lIas lDcrea s eu to tne poi nt vrh er-e the r ~:i Jv!o.y,
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once dcrisiv(;ly known as the Pr-ovmco v s Creat est. .F:xpense 11 .i s now
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Ca n ai.an Lo annou n cd Nat naI He j_lv>T2_YS i n October j
JIARI HE tJEVJS t
eel t he sal e of t he fLoat.Lnz clrvdock sect-lou

oft he IJr;ice j.:.llpec·r + sh i uvar d t-o t:he ·P 10·
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Sowld Bridge &Dr edgi ng Company, of Seat tle.
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It vv,::lS r-epor-t.ed in October tha t the Cana dian lJat ional Eai Lways y n~ Vj
diesel -powered ferry, the WILLIAN CARSON, being prepar ed for ser vice
bet w
een For t-aux-Bas ques and Nor t h Sydney, NS developed enp in(
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rouble in a trial run up the 02guenay lU vsr ; one of the two 5000
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n :Jrs(~ t:0 1;J0 r 0mf1nes 118 1 Cl1..Le •
The new Yarnout.h -Bar Harbor ferr y, to be put into oper atLon n(3):t
yearat a cost of some four million dol l ars, will p2rpetuate the
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t:lJ.)(; 01 I OTCl 0cot l.a s most ..ar.iou s .LlSn J.nV s cnooner s . )n l ov emcr ;
l/;l8 11 the vce seL i ::; christ ened by .fv1118 . St.Laur-crrt, wife of the PrLme
l,rin-J,ster , at Lauzon, Que., it vri Ll. be r i ven the name BLUElJOJE .
I~ is schedul ed to go into opera~ion o~ or about Ma y J5th .
The recent opening, on September 26t h, 1954, of the new bridge between
Val l c:yfield, Que. and Coteau, brought to an end the fer r y service
, n ., · j-· ·r –t.h …, ooi.rrt s 1., : i, +- n Li.t.t.J –cot I t B ·~ ! ;rTJ f. J rOI (1
C .. I.l h2S 0 p8 r~t c:d for Che past t wenty ei eht year s . rhi s little vess el i s
t· I J.., c +, curvivor oft·,·,!, .y, (~~, t fJ ee t of I::.:1 1k i· boat c whi rl once s ….rved,.J •. 1 .~ . l.,.-).J U __ . .,., 1 ~, f …. V ·..::l . ……. -.,;-I . 1 ,~.~ .. •… u … )0 J 1. . 1::;. t…–, .

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ar j, ( ~); i.t VIeeE; GhE; l a st paddLe -cwhe eL steamer on t he Saint Lawror ce,
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L awrcn c: ~~ j.V8r :3 for lYlE } I UN L)R.J~IJ AND NIHE yea rs, a record that no other
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~LL j.S ccn at.r-uct.e.d 0 ;: t h-. vury [);2St qual:i t y of wrought ir on , fabric­
i?t(~ d j.n. .J cC) tL~ i lC~ and nut; toget hnr at .sorel . It wa s the second ir on
stC({;o;,(laL in t:.?C.lo Al.t.hou.-h val u ed re cently at :,:;o l cl t: :t .:vv \(;c l : ~3 a cC) for the PP1t ry sum of ti2,000.00 and it is [!o ing
Vl Lc convc.rt,eJ .i.nt. o a floating r-ect.aur-ant. and dance haLl , iTbat an
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,&br ief his tor y of tho B~ hUHARNOIS a~poared in the Naws
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LAST M.ToCo TRAI LING UNI T On Sat ur day, ober 30th , 1954) soveral
0l1EjIHED FhOn Sj-~nVI CE member-s mot e,t t he l~on t;real 1.;r::LDsr-or t ,t ­
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t.hny bO[i.rclcd a two car i1trai nd of ;;q u j .. prnont, cons i sting of mot or C2,r
.1 c:r ~ •i +-01 :/l( L Tl, -t · t , d~ d .f . r •• ,. 1., C .+ f,l c>rr .. , l
;i .I.) ) ) c.l.1 u. ,ra1.cr 1( 0.+. 1(, ruu C:-C:J-CL 0 .Lr 0,.11 l)n,:; ,-,arl.o1A ~ u O v D.c:­
wyc in Uont real Nord, wi th many ph otograph stor s en routGo fiot urning,
t
ho ca rs v~ ( rE: t,nJcE:n to Youville shop, whe re IJo .,1664 W1S uncoupled a.nd
pla c(,d on tho shop le:ad, prc.;pi1ratory to conver sion 2.E-3 a On(;-D1eD mot or
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Lr. It had boen built in 1917 by J.G. Brill Company, an ~ t he trip
ma
rked the end of the ora of t wo-car trol l ey i .rp l,rl ~) u :i.n IIontr e.:ll .
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695() De 1 1Lpee liVunue , 1,Iont r ;:;al 15, Ca.nada . ll.s st. l~cJ.itor , Dougl.: s Br mv~~?
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,:3j. nee the lino wa3 8xtended from Quesnel
ago, trLffic volu~e has increased to the
unce derisively knolrm O.S the II]J!rovincc v s
snowing an op8rating profit. –
to Prince Georfe two years
point Jbere the r;:::i Jv;ay 1
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C[lnacli::m Nation.?l Hcdlv.re.ys in Octob(;r annOU:1C­
ed the sale of the floe.tinv clrvdock sectiou
of the Prince Hupert shipyard t,o the }-uget
Sound Bridge & Dredging Company, of Seattle.
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Itvvas repoYted in October that the Canadian lJatj.onal Haib-Jays Y n~Vi
dic;,sel–powered f(~rry, the VJILLIAI.l CAHSON, bein£, prepared for sErvJ.ce
between Port-aux-BasQues and North Sydney, NS developed enpinp
trouble in a trial run ur the :3i.1guenay }tiver; one of the two 5000
h~rse~owor enrines had failed.
The nt:;w YJ.r:,10uth -Bar Harbor f(;rry, to be put into operati.on n0.L–:t
year at a cost of some four million dollars, will p8rpetuate the
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1–:.3.1.F: Ol~OTa 0COtl3. s most ::.a;10US _(lSnJ.np-sc< ooners .In l .)T8111 l?r ~
Wlen the vc[)sel L; christened by IvL118. St. Laurent, wife of the Priw8
lvIin~_ster, at Lauzon, QuP., it Jill be 2-tven the ne.mc BIJ;.L~N08E.
I~ is scheduled to go into opera~ion on or about May ]5th.
The recent opening, on September 26th, 1954, of the new bridge between
Vall~yfield, Que. and Coteau, brought to an end the ferry service
cc)nn~; cting these po int 3, on whi ch the little steamlJoat B.2;/.UHAR;WIS
h2S op8rdtcd for Che past twenty eieht years. rhis little vessel is
1-1, ] ,e+ rurJi-ror oi ,,-11 rr(~~·t 1-J c,ot eli nl~Ylr0t boa·–c Wl.-ll ,,1 OnCE erE,d J _1.J _. l~~ 1o..).J …J __ . lJ 1 ~. f v ~.J. ~ ……. ..:. I Li. c.~.. .n. …. … l) ,:) ! … L . . u…. …. vt
tnu tOlooillS .:!long ;~hc banks of the Saint LavvrencE:: HiveI and its tribut­
ar~J~); it v.Jas eh(; last paddle-Hheel steamer on tht) Saint Le.wrencE;,
pru ba l:; 1v thcli-3.;3t; on2 in Ca::1ada, thour::h scov(}ral stnrmr-iheolers YC::mEd.n
in f3crv iCt:~ ill the 1est. Its chief cL~i111 to fame howc:ver, rests on the
fEct t~:lt ~Lt h:<.o been plyinv the ;vat:.us of the Eich~.liell and Saint
Len·!I·cnc.·:; nj.ver;3 for lYTL; }!UNL)R.L~lJ AND lHUE years, a record that no other
vc.;~~sl:l UlL. G,c;itch. I:C:~-3·-To·(iE·llfc-~~~i~·s-·cii:ie chiefly to the L-1.ct tr13.t the:;
h~l:L j.~) ccm~:;tTuct,cd 0; thr~ vc:Cy best quality of ifoirought iron, fabric­
i?t(:;cl in .. )c~)t.L;.rl(~ and nut togethc;r at ,sorel. It was ~he socond iron
scC({;f1;j(JuL –In (,[.·20.]0 il.l.thourh valued reccmtly at f/55,000.OO, it was
E;olcl c. fl:);{ -T801:S ,::tCO for the pf.~ 1 try sum of 1iJ2, 000.00 and it is {Ioing
1/) Lc~ conv,?rteJ j.rrto a floating restaurcmt and danet:) h-::,,11. liTbat en
igno~~~i:~8~e~0~!
~ bJ ~c~ ,l10tory of the B~hUHARNOIS a,poared in the News
H-Tort issue of May 1952.)
Lj~ST IJf.T.C. TR.,.ILING UNIT On Saturday, ober 30th, 195Lf) ,svITLral
Hl~lTHED Fh.on sr::nVICE. memb(·rs mGt 2et the 1~ontreal 1.raD~:;r.:.Jrt?t-
.,-.——.. —-.—-.-.———-.-.–ion C0:n.;i1i[3sion St. Denis c:,.rhouse, whcr8
t.hc~y bO[1.Ycicd a two car i1train? of ;~lulpmcnt, cons:isting of motor cPer
J1555 and trailer #1664. The route c:xtended fr08 the carhouse to the
wyc in Uontreal Nord, with many photogr.?ph sto~s un rout0. Returning,
t
he cars VoJ(:rE:. t!(}S uncoupled a.nd
placed on tllC shop load, preparatory to conversion as a ODc-man motor
C2r. It had beun built in 1917 by J.G. Brill Company, an~ the trip
marked the end of the era of two·-car trolley i re l_DE) N~;b RLFuRT bditorial Uffice:
6959 De 11 Lpee lwunue, l:ontr8al 15, Canada.
Editor, D.S.A. Lavallee
Asst.t;ditor, Dougl,:,s Brow::,?

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