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Canadian Rail 080 1957



CANADIAN RAILROAD HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
INCORPORATED.
NEWS REPORT No. go

P.O. BOX 22. STATION B
MONTREAL 2. QUEBEC
314
JULY-AUGUST 1957
SAINT JAMES STREET was on Montreal
1
s first horse car route,
in 1861. On Sunday, June 23rd, our No. 274 became the last
street car to pass through the famed Montreal financial
thoroughfare, bringing 96 years of rail service to a close.
As is cl::;tomary
durin~ the ClUMmC! months of ,July
and August, there are no reGular mel:tincs of the
Association.
Pa.ge 72
The Trip Cor.unittee
arc busily engaged in
planning the Annual Fall ioliuCe Excursion
,
Association Newz
which will take place this yCelI to Labelle,
via the C.2rladian Pacific aailway, fl~om
Uinjr;or
.. itation, on Sunday, October
6tj!:.
PiT:: It :l:lns call for the train to be
pulled by a Clnss H-l-a Hudst.rl i:~-·-·l~, type zteam locomot,ive
, of
the 2800-2819 Gcries. E~l.d.p!:~(;nt
·.;~.]_l incluue ail-cu1ditioned
coaches,
and if there is sufJ.icJ.l?nt
res}nnse
(:.n the advance
advertising
, whicl:
is to be released
ShOltl y ~ fucil:i…-,i
cs -Ii 11 be available at slirht
extra charge, to travel first c:!..aGs in parlour car chCi.irs.
Hulf a doz
FJn on-lin~
photo stop3 have been arranged
, and the train Iill
make a special
sto~ at liont TrcmlJlant
station, nine and one
-half
miJes short of Labelle, for those whose interests
lie rather in t~e
pir.nic and tourist f&cilities of the Mont Tremblant
region,
rather
than in the railway
facilities
alone at Labelle. Those who would
rather remain aboard to photograph
equipm!mt
at Labelle will, howev,:::l, be
carried to that point from Mont Tremblant
at no extra charge.
At
press time, the Trip Committee
had not released
the
schedule
or the fares, but a separate
printed
circular
will be sent to all those on our mailing
list, ,Iithin
a week or ten days.
As it is antiCipated
that this will attract a considerab
le number
of our friends from the United States, who arc being invited to
attend specially
through a thorough
publicity
campaign in the
tastern states and in New England
which has been orcanizcd
by 1·1r.
?-1arjoribanks
, you are asked to make your reservations
ai1 e[~rly as
possible after receipt of the printed
circular
.
REMEHBER
, KEEP SUNDAY OCTOBER
SIXTH OPEN FOR TilL FALL TRIP
OUR COVER:
A photoeraph
made by your
Editor, on Sunday,
June 23rd, is the
subject of our first News Report photo
cover. On this date, the Associations
No.274 became
the last street, car to
roll through
St. James Street, tilontreal
s
financial district
, ending ninety six
years of street railway
operation
. The
car is pictured
at the corner of I·lcGill.
) :!AILIIAY DIVISION:
On two successIve
Saturdays
, July 6th and 13th,
·:.he mc·n.Je:s o:!: t.hc RCilway Division completed the repainting
of our
Jteall 1 r~:::110~lve, No.2, wy:ich was
donated
to the Association last
fall ~Y t-.ie r~. B. ,ti;ddy Company of Hull, Quebec. The
enrine is now
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News Heport -1957 Page 73
resplendent
in a glossy coat of black paint, with Jinuol frames,
and the background of the number plate in Chinese red. Jtriping,
nllmbering
and lettering, as well as the driving wheel tires are in
white. The l
ettering has yet to be placed on the engine, and when cC1mpleted,
it will bear the inscription
Donated by E.B. Eddy Company,
Hull, Canada
fl
on the back of the tank belmi the number. No.2 was
built by the Nlontreal Locomotive
works in 1926 and is in very good,
or-erating condition
, betraying
good care and maintenance
while in
t:le hands of its previous
owners.
The
practice
of the former Newfoundland
Railway has been follow­
ed in that the ends of the uffer beam, at (-)ach end of the locomotiv
e, have
been painted red. rhe leading edge and backs of the footboards
are black-and-white diagonal
stripes. The
engine, inCidentally, is
aL oil burner, of the 0-4-0T
wheel arrangement.
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ONTARIO
NORTHLAND
RAILWAY
SAYS
A train, including a number of
official
cars, pulled by a 4-6-2
type steam locomotive,
toured
northern
Ontario on Monday and
FAREWELL
TO STEAM
commenunorati
ng
railway motive
Tuesday, June 24th and 25th, 1957
the official end of the use of steam locomotives
as
power on the
Ontario
provincially
-owned road.
The locomotive
was No.701, a 4-6-2
built by the Canadian Loco­
lotive Company at Kingston in 192
1. When purchased
orieinally by
~he ONR, then the remiskaming
&, Northern
Ontario
Railway, this loco­
hotive carried the number 158.
In the five-year period 1935-1940,
~t was No.758 and
in 1940 acquired
its last number
1
701. The engine
~eighs 36,493 pounds,
and is a sister of the No.70<, which was sold
Eeveral years ago to the Quebec North Shore &, Labrador
Railway,
vhere it is still used occasional
ly.
The train, carrying
prominent
Ontario
Northland
and Ontario
?rovincial offiCials, as well as many invited guests from the press,
left Timmins
at 8:15 AM on Monday,
June 24th, it then proceeded
with
~.rief stops at Schumacher
South Porcupine
, and Porquis to Cochrane.
?~turning
southward
from Cochrane
, … .ith s tops again ~t Porquid, and
;.:. Matheson
, Ramore,
Swastika
and Kirkland
Lake, the train spent
t.1e night at Rouyn-Noranda. Next daYt Tuesday, the 25th, it ran
i~om Noranda
all the way to North Bay, stopping at Swastika
, Engle­
t4rt, Earlton, New Liskeard
, Hailcybury, Cobalt,
Latchford
, Temagami.
lrrival at North Bay was made
in the CPR station.
,
Thus las concluded
fifty-four years of steam locomotive oper-
otion on the T&rJO/ONR, the first engine, a 4-6-0 numbered
101, having
teen built, lilr8 No~101 at Kingston
, in 1903. The event enjoyed
€xcellen-: neusp<1.s-er p
ublicity and the rail …… ay issued a souvenir
. l
ooklet., ent:;tle~. iIfhe End
of an Era, to mark the historic
occasion.
I
To those of us
ho have an affection
for the steam locomotive
,
)
30me consoi..ar.i.rr. wac obtained
from the knowledge that No.701 is to
J€ preservcu at Ec.~:ehart as a relic. Familiar with the care and
Jride (): ap;:..~ar::::lnco which the Northland has always given to its
engines, we ~0 confident
that No.701 will never be allowed to fa
ll
.-_:…~.H.A.
News Report -1957 Page 74
~ .. to that disreputable
appearance
which, unfortunate
ly, has bGen
~.,te lot of too many relics ill the past.
When the train passed 1~hrour,h j~nflehart an estimated.
1,000
ptrsons
–over half the railvay t.mms popuiation of 1,750, stood
OJ: the station platform in a steady rainfall to watch i~o.70l make
}-,).story. As the train pulled into North Bo.y, some five thousand
ffrsons were on hand
to bid farewell to steam on the Northland.
·.i.CHER RECENT
I LJCOMOTIVE PRESERVATIONS
L
its tender were moved into
River Junctions
Municipal
On April 29th, the Mil way tovm of
,l}~ite Rj ver Junction,
Vermont,
of.1.icially took delivery
of a venl.!rable Boston
& Maine Railroad
4-4-0, No.494, when
the engine and
place on a section of track next to White
Building.
The Hartford
Historica
l Society initiated
efforts
nearly three
years ago to have this engine moved to lhite Ri
ver Junction, as a symbol
of that toffi s historica
l importanc
e as a rail centre.
The engi
ne, according to a plaque it bears, was presented by the Railroad
Enthusiasts Inc., and restored by volunteers from the Mechanical
Departme
nt of the Boston &. r4aine Railroad.
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Another
locomotive
to earn the distinction
of i~~ortality
is
Canadian
National
Railways E-IO class 2-6-0 No. 88. This enr,ine was
recently
presented to the St. Lawrence Seaway Mus
eum at r,Iorrisburg,
OntariO,
to form part of a rail exhibit. The Museum hopes to obtain
a passenger car of the same era to be placed with the locomotive
on an isolated
section of the oid Canadian National (Grand Trunk)
main line betieen
Montreal
and Toronto, >Ihich is on the r.rluseum
grounds.
It is understood
thnt the locomotive will stand beside the
former CNR Aultsville station, which has also been included
as part
of the Museums railway
exhibit.
Our Legal Counsel, 14r. Leonard
A. Seton, has promised
to let us
have a writeup
for the August News Report on the Seaway Museum and
its exhibits.
Mogul No.aa is being preserved
instead of 4-6-0 No.10
12, which was
originally
reported
to have been earmarked
for this purpose.
No.1012 is still in operation
at Stellarton, NS and we understand was
not available when the Museum request was rece
ived by the Canadian
National Railways.
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The first commercially
successfu
l diesel-electric locomotive in
the United States, Central Railroad of NeVI Jersey no.IOCO, 1hich was o
utshopped in October 1925, has now found its way to the Baltimore
& Ohios famed Railwa.y
1-Iuseum at Baltimore
.
No.IOCO, a
joint product
of Ingersoll-Rand,
American
Locomotive
.
)
£ .. R.H.A. News Report -1257 Page 75
Company and General Electric, is a 300-horsepower switch engine,
1eighing 67 tons. During the month of June, No.IOaO made a commem­
orative trip between Jersey City and Elizabethport, 9.5 miles, and
return, with reportersl. historians and railway officials on board.
One of the guests was ~homas D, Campbell, the engineer who operated
io.lOaO on its first run thirty-two years before.
The locomotive has spent the greater part of its career switch­
ing the Bronx Yard of the CRRofNJ, which is isolated by ferry boat
from the rest of the system. The commemorative passenger trip was
N0.100Qs first and last trip in passenger service.
CANADIAN NATIONALS
SF;AIIAY DIVERSION
NOW IN OPERATION
The issuance of Canadian Nat.ional time
table No.54, Montreal Di::;trict, effec­
tive l2:0ih All Sunday, July 21st, 1957,
marked the transfer of all rail operat­
ions over tho old main line between Cornwa
ll and Cardinal, ) to the new div­
ersion which has been built to avoid the Seaway flood-out area.
Previous to that date, the line had been in usc for some months by
freight trains, to run in
ll
the roadbed, but all traffic vias routed
over the new line on July 21st.
The new
stations are: Mile 65.6 Cornwall East 68.0 Cornwall,
75.7 Long Sault, 81.0 Ingleside, 92.6 r,lorrisburg, iOO.3 Iroquois.
One of the last movements over the old line, was the movement
of No.Sa to that section of the line within the fIusewn grounds at M
orrisburg (as reported in the article above) where the engine was
isolated and the tracks removed on each side of it. Other parts
of the route, which was the Grand Trunk Raib;[ay main line linking
upper and lower Canada!. built nearly lG2 years ago, will be covered
with the water of the ~eaway system upon completion of the dams and povJer
houses two years hence.
OLD HORSE CAR RAILS
FOUND IN MONTREAL
Recently, during construction of a
drain in front of ~he doors of one
of the St. Henri Division carhouse
buildings during conversion to an
auto bus gArage by the Montreal Trans­por
tation Commission, the workmen came upon a set of horse-car
rails, forming part of a track which was originally laid on this
property in the early 1870 s by the former r-1ontrcal City Passenger R
ail way Company.
The rails are of the horse-car i1step type, and v/ere found to
be in excellent condition. They -were laid on pine sills 6 square,
and when one of the sills las removed with its length of rail, it
proved to be as sound as the day it was placed there over eighty
years ago.
Through the efforts of r~. R.M. Binns, the rails were made avail­
able to the Association by the rvIontreal Transportation Commission,
and iill be held for inconporation into our planned Museum exhibit.
~;.R.H.A.
News
neport
-1957
Page
76
WE RIDE
THE
……..
AN
C n::-s
~I I IV
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by Anthony
Clegg
.
HOllSES
AND CATTLE
GRAZING
alon
gside the
Canadian
Nationals
.~t. Hyac
inthe Subdivi
sion did
not
bolt
ii.th fricht
on Thursday
morn­
j.ng, July
18th –for
they
had
all seen
trains
before
. The fa
rmes
,
:.!H3
Yer, did
pause
to look
up from
their
fields
, and
autoists
and
c~ildren
did
stop
to gaze
, as Genera
l I,1otors
I AEROTRAIN
No.lOOO sped
If on one
of its first
public appearance
s in the
country
.
Brought
to Canada
through
the
cooperation
of the
Can.:l.dian
Nat­io
nal Raihvays
and the
Genera
l l·1otors
Corporation
, the modern
light­
leight
train
was
demonstrated
for
newsmen,
railway
offici
als
and
other
interest
ed parties, includi
ng lepres0ntatives
of tho
Canadian
Railroad
Historica
l Associati.on
. On lr::dneGday,
July 1
7th, the train
was at Toronto
, the next
day
at I4ontrea
l, vlith
Quebec
and
Ottawa
gett
ing their view
of the stre
amliner
on the
follovling
two days
.
Deta
ils of
the revo
lutionary
ten-car train
and
its
spec
ially
designed
1200-horsepower
diesel-electric
locomotiv
e are
;Jell known,
and
can only be
sunmarized
brief
ly here
. Planned
and
constructed
by
General Motors
as a possibl
e solut
ion to the so-called
fipassenger
train
prob
lem,
the entire
train
is operated
as a unit
. Two-axle
coach bodies
follow
the
basic desien of a G.t·I. autobus
–for, in
fact
many
of the
components
are
Hoff-tho-shelfil
items from General
Motors
autobus
stor~s
. Forty
-passeng
er coach
bodies of altuninum
construction
were
increas
ed 18
/1
in llidth
to provide
Inore
seat
ing
comfort
and
the usua
l chauff
eurs ar
ea transformed
into lavatory
and
Ealley space
. ~lore or less
standard
railv;
ay-typ
e vestibule
s were
added at each end and the whole
mounted
on a
stee
l underframe
, capabl
e
of vii thstanding
800, 000
pounds
of Hbuff
li
, the maximum r
equired of
conventiona
l rollin
g stock.
The
interior
fittings
and
the decor
of the train
are
also
far
from
conventional
and a nu
mber of f
eatures have
been incoroo
rated
lhich are
not
found
in most
standard
railway passenge
r coaches
. The
reclining seats
of the
AEROTRAIN
are
comfor
table but do not reverse
requ
iring the
turni
ng of the
compl
ete train
at terminal points
. On
certai
n runs
into
dead-end
station
s, t
his
could
be S,:>r.h;;lll,.,.t
of a
disadvantage
. Seats
are
a mere
deta
il however
, and
could
be provided
in more
suitab
le models
. A
more
seriou
s fault of the
train, to
my
mind, is
the
type of doors
betleen
the
cars. To open
these
doors
, they
rust
be pushed
and
punched
with
no littl
e force –someth
ing
akin t.::> the
lltumble-
out If centr
e doors
on the Gene
ral rlotors
demon­
strato
::-bus
used
last year
by the
L·lontreal Tran
sportation
Commission
.
Genera~ Motors
just
dontt seem
to know
how to
build a
door
1
T1e
demonstrat
ion run
from
tJiontrea
l to St .Hr,ac
inthe
on Thursday
July l
lth, commenced at
exactly
7:05
AM as G.!·j •. ,JIOOO
eased
its red
and si~ver
train
out of the
National 3ystem
ts
Montrea
l Centra
l Stat …
) ion. &ight
minutes
later, the
AEROTRAIN
pulled into
Bridge
Street
for a ~~ minute
halt. No
speed
records
were being
attempted
on this
trip
ald it took another
clev
en minut
es before
St.Lambert Station
was
pa5sed
while an additiona
l unexp
lained
halt in the
Southw
ark yard
)
C.R.H.A. News Report -1957 p 77 age _
dropped our passing time at St.Hubert to 7:32AM.
to St.Hyacinthe showed that the train was capable
72 mph. The
rest of the
oi speeds up to rur
After arrival at St. Hyacinthe, the train was backed and turned
on the wye –then made ready for the return trip. Seventy five mile
per hour was achieved on the return, with details of the times as
10110ws:
r~ile 00.0
7.5 25.6
27.7
St. Hyacinthe
St. Hadeleine
St. Hubert
St. Lambert
Charlevoix Street,
Montreal
Leave
Pass

8:41 Al~
G:I,9:30 AN
9:06
9:11
9:20
From this latter point in the Montreal Terminals ;[(3 backed slowly
into Central Station and the train las made ready for the visit of
the public.
All in all, the cars rode well at the speeds attained –much
better than I had anticipated –and only at the rear of the last
unit was there any uncomfortable side motion. Noise, hOltleVer, was
high at the ends of every car, but it is my contention that this
noise is allowed to enter the body by means of the poorly-fitting
rubber-edged doors referred to previously. aeplacement of these by
tight-closing and more reasomably-manipulated doors would, I believe
Bolve much of the noise problem. Also, imagine the snow problem in
the winter with doors that dont close tightly.
Other comments overheard on the trip –IINo coat hooksll -­
ltWhat a tiny seat in the lav. –etc., can be discounted in a res­
ume on this interesting train, for such details oueht to be modified
in a production model. Likewise the rather insignificant marker
lamps provided for operational purposes should bG r(~placed by stan­
dard electric markers.
Whether or not the AEROTRAIN as built by Gencr~l 14otors wi.ll
become a model for the trains of the /lday after Tomorrow
tl
is not for
us to say at this point. Certainly no one will claim that it is the
last lord in passenger travel, but it does provide a real operating
train in Nhich new ideas have not been shunned. Destinay could hand
the AiROTRAIN of 1957 the crovm that was the ZEPHYRs in 1935, or it
could become fore;otten along with the steam-coach and the Auto-Railer
vhatever its future, it is heartening to see that the railways and
their suppliers are still experimenting and designing new products
that will keep rail transport in the foreground of th(~ country IS
transportation picture.
On Saturday, July 19th, 1957, a group of members of
the Association rode the A£ROTRAIN from IJIontreal to
Ottawa. For the benefit of those who collect logs
and statistics, we reproduce an unofficial lot: of
this trip taken by Douglas Brown, our Corresponding
Secretary, with a few timed miles.
)
,.
C.R.H.A.
. News He port -1957 Page 78
Log of AEROTRAIN trip, Montreal to Otta>1U
July 19th, 1957 -Canadian National Hys.
Montreal (Central Station)
Turcot East
Turcot ~lest
Lachine
Dorval
Pointe Claire
Ste.Anne de Bellevue
Vaudreuil
Coteau

DeBeaujeu
Ste. Justine
Glen Robertson
Alexandria

Greenfield
Maxville
1-1005e Creek
Casselman V
ars
Carlsbad Springs
Old NYC diamond
Hurdrnan
Ottawa
Timed miles: Cornwall Subdivision: Mile
Alexandria Subdivision:
Leave
Pass

Arr.
Leave
Pass

Arr.
Leave
Pass

n
Arr.
13-14
16-17
93-94
94-95
95-96 107
-108
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BUDD-BUILT PIONEER III COACH
TO BE TESTED
7:31:30 AM
7:43:30
7:48:30
7:53
7:55:15
7:59:30
8:04
8:07:15
8:19:30
8:23:30
8:31:15
8:35:45
8;39:15
$:45:45
$:49:15
$:56:30
9:00:30
9:05:30
9:10:45
9:20:30
9:25
9:29:30
9:33

it

it

9:37
55 sec.
44
53 46
45
45

(65.5 mph)
($1;$ 1,)
(67.9 )
(7$.3 )
($0.0 )
(80.0 )
It is reported that a Budd-built
Pioneer rII
II
light-leight passenger car, will be tested in the
Montreal area during the month of August. rhc car will be
brought to Canada by the Bud Companys test HOC car 172960. It
is understood that it will be utilized by the Canadian Pacific
Railway on regular runs out of Montreal (but not in revenue
service) during the first tlJm vmeks in August after which it
will be turned over to the Canadian National Railvlays for more te
sts for the balance of tho month.
A FALSE W&ISPAPER REPORT has enjoyed extensive circulation among
eastern Canadian newspapers, to the effect that the three Canadian Pa
cific Railway 4-4-0 type Class HAt! locomotives are being scrapped, and r
eplaced by a 44-ton diesel locomotive. Your Editor has made in­
quiries with the result that we are glad to say that this is not
presently the case, and that the locomotives are in regular service.
Retirement of Nos.29, 136 and 144 may not be long in coming, however,
possibly within the year. —O.S.A. Lavallee
)
L:.H.ri.A. News Report ~ 1957 Page 79
ClmCPRAC&HBDARG RI H
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o NOTES AND NE,IS / IG
C , B
S by the Editor ~/ IN
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LIGPSQCRAIGJGRRMCR&PQNSIGLRSONR
Mr. Forster Kemp is away on another
of his 8,000 mile fact-finding
ll
expeditions. This one is taking
him to the ,Ihi to Pass I< Yukon, and
the Alaska RR, amone other things.
fhe September instalment of N&.N
should be full of interesting facts.
e The
train which was pulled over the Ontario Northland Raihlay by
engine #701 on its commemorative last steam run, included the
offic:iial cars Onakawana 1/, Temagami and illJIoosonee II of the ONR
along with sleeper and cafe car.
e Ihree metre-eauge road switcher diesel-electric locomotives, built
by QI.IDL, were noted being loaded for export in Hontreal harrJour
on May 12th. The locomotives are Nbs. 3009, 3010 and 3011 or ,;he Caminho de
Ferro Mogiana, of Brazil. The units were loadccJ. Li.loard
the l-1oore-~1cCormack line vessel IIMORMACFIR for Rio de Janeiro.
e
On July 14th, the Ottawa Transportation Commission inaugurated
auto bus service on all routes, except Route A -BRITANNIA, on
Sundays only. It is reported that the Britannia route will cease
Sunday service as of September 1st. Eventually, it is planned
to curtail all rail service after 7: 00 priJ weekdays and Saturdays,
with the eventual goal the total elimination of rail service
after 7: 00 Pil1 weekdays, and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and ho
lidays. Seventeen units of the 651 class cars remain
f
but they
are not used at present, being stored at Coburg barn. t is prob-
able that these cars will not see service until the time of the
Central Canada Exhibition next month. Four of the 651
t
s arc
slatod to be scrapped. No.662 is presently in the process of dis­
mantling •
e
On behalf of the City of Winnipeg, Mayor Stephen Juba is reported
to have offered to find a permanent home for the Canadian Nationalls
Museum Train in that city. The offer follows a recent visit of
the M:useum Train to Winnipeg in the course of its 1957 Prairie
Provinces tour.
e An unidentified Pennsylvania Railroad steam locomotive has been
placed as a memorial in the centro of the Horseshoe Curve hear
Altoona, Pennsylvania.
e Canadi
an National Railways have placed a $27,000,000 order for
150 diesel locomotives, in continuation of the system
1
s pro~ ·t
diesslization policy. General ~4otors Diesel Limited will sup;Jly
17 road passenger units, 80 road sWitchers and 19 yard switchers. Montr
eal Locomotive Company will build}O l800HP road Gwitchers.
~lectro Motive will build two road switchers for the Central Vermont,
while Alco Products vlill supply two yard switchers for
the GTW. The CNR now has 1245 diesel units in operation, with
332 more on order.
a
It is reported that the new Conservative Government at Ottawa will
give serious consideration to the projected railway to Pine POint, N
.W.T., on Great Slave Lake. Costing about $50,000,000, the poss­
ible southern terminals lOuld be Grimshaw or Vlatervvays, Alta.
)
C~,.~R~.~H~.~A~. ________________ ~N~e~~ls~n~e~p~o~r~t-=-_1~9~5~7k-______________ ~P~a,ge 80
s On August 1
2th, Canadian National Hailways will place RDC llRailiner
li
service on the run bet/een Jl.1oncton and Campbellton, replacing
present trains 25 and 26 and shortening the running time by one ho
ur and 40 minutes northbound, and 1 hour and 15 minutes in the
opposite direction. On August 4th, CNU will put Railiners on the
Regina-Prince Albert via Saskatoon run, cutting total time by
over three hours. Three-and-a-half hours 1ill be cut off Tnuro
to Sydney running times also, in the near future, as it is reported
that CNR will put ,nuilinors on this run also, via the recently­
opened Canso Causeway.
e Canadian Pacific Railway ,·lill discontinue service for passengers
between Fraxa and Teeswater, and Saueeen and Walkerton, as well
as between Ingersoll. and Port Burwell, on August 5th. These lines
are presently served by mixed trains. It is anticipated that the p
assenger service on the Vloodstock-St.Thomas section will be r
emoved shortly, as well, though no date has been announced.
8 Another rumour is being circulated concerning a possiblu sale (If
the Pacific Great Eastern Railway by the Province of l3ritish (,-1. ..
umbia. This time, possible buyers are said to be the …. Great i~_,_;;h­
ern and the Northern Pacific Railroads, and the price is reportcu
at ~1l4, 500,000. Plan behind such a purcilase would be to e,:t,_,J
the PGE through to Alaska, for a connection with the Alaska RR,
which extends from Seward to Fairbanks, Alaska.
e The
final contract has been aQarded by Canadian National Railways
for the completion of the Beattyville-Chibouga~lu-St.Felicien
branch line, 294 miles long. La Societe dgntreprises Generales
of Amos, Que. will construct 83 miles of line bet een Chigoubiche
Lake and Cache Lake for approximately ~5,000,000. The Beattyville­Chibougamau
line is Qbout completed, and it is anticipated that the
official opening will take place this summer. The contract referred
to is on the eastern section from the Lake Saint John area,
a
London &. Port Stanley Railway has temporarily revived its passenger
business by rl.lnnine a 500-passenger picnic special from London to
Port Stanley, in eight ~~s3enger cars h~uled by the L&PS diesel
locomotive. It is reported that several more similAr picniCS
have been chartered.
e
Some controversy has arisen over a plan by the Canadian National
Railways to discontinue rail service for passeng({[s to local points
between r-1.ontreal and Marieville, on July 2Sth. lnis diesel-hauled
service was that ihich replaced the lvlontreal &. Southern Counties
Railway last October. The communities concerned wish to retain the ra
il service claiming the auto bus service is inadeCluate. The
mottcr is presently before the Board of Transport Co:nmissioner!..:.
a-The narrow-gauge Portage Railway near Huntsvillet Ontario, the
Huntsville, Luke of Bays Raihvay, Changed from d~~ily except ;:iund..:.y
to daily except Saturday operation (su:nmer months only) on July 7th. The
line, vlhich had operated duily-except-Sunday for many yeArs,
possesses tVIO 0-4-0T tank locomotives, a box car, two passenger
cars which were former open-bench street railway cars, -and Q fCV1
miscellaneous flat cars. The leneth is about one mile, extending
between Peninsula Lake and Lake of Bays.
)
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ws Iloport-1957
Page 81
CANADIAN
RAILROAD HISTORICA
L I
ASSOCIATION
Founded 1932
Incorporated
1941
Nes
Repcrt No. 80
July-August
1957
Editoria
l Address:
Box 22, Station
B,
~Ion treal 2, Canada.
Editor: Orner S.A. Lavallee
Deputy Editor: Douglas Brown
A3st.Editort
Forster Kemp
Committee: Anthony Clegg Kenneth
Chiv0rs
Research
Historian:
Robert R. Brown TRIP
IN NO. 274, 3unday.
June 23rd
On Sunday, June 23rd,
marking
the cessation
of rail service on
lines of the Montreal TrnnsportatiJn
Commission
using Notre Dame strCI)t,
Wellington and Centre street,[3 i:, .1
connections, a trip was arrang(:; tn
which our car No.274 was used on a
charter trip by the Associati
on for
the first time since it was acquired
in 1951.
No.274 acquitted
itself very
well, though slow speeds were nec­
essary due to the fact that the car
was equipped with hand brakes only.
No.274 was in the capable hands of
Motorman Laurin, and the Conductor
was Mr. Henry Heider who is well known
to the Associations trolley
habitues.
The trip turned out to be, in very mild form, a comedy
of errOrs.
Proceeding down Park Avenue and Bleury from the St.Denis car house,
and, incidentally, provoking much public attention
and wonderment,
the first goal was the Centre Street line and the Wellington tunnel.
The party never accomplished this as it was discovered
, alas all too
late, that the powerwas
off vest of the circuit bre:3.ker at ~lellington
and Colborne streets. We were rescued in time by Mr. Latter of the
MTC who was observin
g the new auto bus service with a traffic super­
Visor,
In short order, a trouble
truck w~s dispatched
from Cote
Street, and in due course, No.274 was pulled back the two or three
hundred feet to Col borne Street, in a rather undienified but very
unusual manner. Once the II juice il was reached
again, we proceed:l u
nder our own Ilsteam
il
(or ifjuicc
ll
).
The trip out Notre Dame street was interesting, and assuaged
the disappointment
of those who would have liked photographs
in the
Vlellington Tunnel.
Highlights
included
stops to salute Notre Dame
Church and the Chateau de Ramezay;
at the latter place we were met
by the Chateaus
charming Chatelaine,
Miss Anna ODO.ro.. A traffic
policeman followed us on motorcycle for some distance,
then disapp­
eared and returned a short time later with a camera 1 Ncar Haig
Street, the appearance of the car dissolved a baseball game, and
roused consternation at the George V terminus.
On the return trip
time overtook us, and the trip was reluctantly curtailed at 3t.James
and l~cQill, the hour then being 5:15. At this point, our cover
picture was taken.
fhe return trip was accomplished
back to St .Denis without
incident
–the threatening
rain holding off until tho exact instant
that No.274 was put away in the carhouse –then it teemed.
COMING TROLLEY
TRIPS:
Mount Royal to Lac:linc
the Ottawa system some
—Orner S.A. Lavallee
A trolley trip is planned in
shortly. Another
is planned
Saturday in AU8ust.
Details
ilo. 997, from
over lines of
from O.S.A.L.
on request.

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