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Equipment for the 1974 editCP_display_train.jpgion of the Canadian Pacific Display train is on the tail end of a freight at North Bay, Ontario on June 24, 1974. Working from right to left CP 439442 is the freight’s van. In front of that is CPR business car no. 1 on loan from the Canadian Railway Museum. It’s  construction date is uncertain but at the time this photo was taken it was easily over a century old.

Next up is First-class passenger car Number 141. Constructed in Montreal in 1907 for use as a commuter coach, it was withdrawn from service in 1951 and converted into a bunk car. It was cosmetically restored for use in the filming of The National Dream.

The van ahead of 141 is number 436954, built at CPR's Angus Shops in Montreal in 1928. The final item is boxcar 500 built in 1913. It survived as a tool car until being restored for the The National Dream.

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Photo Corner

Photo Corner is a page of my photographs of railroading in Canada and abroad. (Abroad? On a site dedicated to Canada's railways? Well the photos were taken by a Canadian.) 

I have limited the number of photographs on the page to two-dozen (give or take a few) to keep things simple and fresh. On occasion there will be a link to a page with more photographs of a particularly interesting subject. The pictures added could be as recent as that day or taken way back before I had grey hair. As images are added at the top, photos are deleted at the bottom of the page. 

 Enjoy!

Jim Sandilands

Montreal

June 27, 2012


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East Broad Top three-foot gauge 2-8-2 number 12 is hiding in all that smoke and steam on June 25, 1977. The engine is puttering around the Orbisonia engine terminal getting ready for business.

London, England


Two Britsh Rail Intercity 125 trains are between runs at Paddington on May 7, 1982. Also known as the HST (High Speed Train) these diesel-powered trains were introduced in 1976 and most are still in service under priviatisation.

Orbisonia, Pennsylvania


Montreal, Quebec


A nearly new Société de transport de Montréal (STM) MPM-10 (Montréal pneumatic material 2010), train is at Villa Maria station on October 14, 2016. These new generation trains commonly go by  the name Azur.

Looe, Cornwall, England


A British Rail class 121 DMU is at its terminus at Looe, Cornwall on May 7, 1985. It’s one of sixteeen single-car, double-ended driving motor cars built in 1960. These are Britain's longest serving DMUs. As of 2017 some of them have chalked up 57 years of service.

Montreal, Quebec


Canadian Pacific’s Canada 150 train at Montreal’s Old Port on August 13, 2017. The train celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation – the birth of Canada. CP 1401 is not an original Canadian Pacific locomotive. It was built in 1958 as Canadian National 6541 and went to VIA bearing the same number. VIA sold the locomotive to Nebkota in the in the United States and it was purchased by Canadian Pacific in 1998.

Reading, England


On October 5, 1977 two students make their way out of Reading station. They seem to be oblivious to the action around them including 47112 waiting for a signal on the right and a class 50 inbound with an “up” passenger train.

Montreal West, Quebec


Canadian Pacific E8A 1802 running light through Montreal West Station on November 9, 1975. It is on it’s way to St. Luc diesel shop for servicing.

Goeschenen, Switzerland

In Europe, surprisingly small stations merit their own switchers. A case in point is Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) 8776 at Goeschenen, Switzerland on October 8, 1977. This engine is internal combustion but electrics are not uncommon. During the steam era, there was even small steamer converted to electricity. An electric heater in the firebox was a World War II coal saving measure.


Lachine, Quebec

On October 26, 1975 Canadian National 6533 and 6622 power a late-afternoon eastbound Lakeshore from Toronto. The train is about to pass through the construction site for highway 13. 6533 was an FP9A and 6622 an F9B.

Montreal West, Quebec


It’s only a few days before Christmas 1975 (December 21 to be exact) and Canadian Pacific E8A 1800 is at Montreal West with a longer holiday edition of the Atlantic Limited.

VIA 6787 on train number 35 to Ottawa at Dorval on May 3, 1981. Note the third car in the consist - an old-school heavyweight.

Dorval, Quebec

Dante, Virginia

It’s October 24, 1981 and a classic ABBA set of GM cab units is a rarity. Clinchfield railroad 800, an A unit is closest to the camera and A unit CRR 200 is at the other end. In between are B units 250 and 869. Some railroad historians describe No. 800 as an F5 because it was a transitional model to the F7. When built, No. 800 was classified as a Phase V F3A. This interesting locomotive has been preserved.

Dante is pronounced daint as in paint.

Pointe Claire, Quebec

Toronto to Montreal train 65Train-650-1.jpg0 with only 4 cars is seen at Pointe Claire pulled by RS-18 3104. The date is July 4, 1976 - America’s 200th birthday.

CP Mountain Subdivision, British Columbia

On July 9, 1974, Canadian PCP_8642.jpgacific’s Display Train is on route from Fort Macleod, Alberta to Revelstoke, British Columbia. It’s in the care of GP9 8642. This edition of the Display Train included Canadian Pacific 4-4-0 144 as well as business car 1 built around 1864 by Crossen.

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Point Saint Charles (Montreal), Quebec

Montreal Birney car 200 restMTC_200.jpgs between filming sessions on Hibernia street in October 1980. This street in the Point Saint-Charles district of Montreal “portrayed” a 1930s Quebec City street for the filming of The Plouffe Family.

This Birney car was borrowed from the Canadian Railway Museum (Exporail) and was run on the street under its own power making it the last streetcar to operate in Montreal.



Canadian Pacific 7041 is shown at Glen Yard on May 1, 1966. This longtime Glen resident was noted for having different trucks—an Alco blunt truck under the cab and a more modern AAR truck under the nose.  When S-2 7041 was outshopped in April 1946 it had two blunt trucks as did all S-2s.

Westmount, Quebec

Lachine, Quebec

Canadian National FP9A 6541 leads train number 55 the Bonaventure  past the entrance to Tashereau yard on May 18. 1975.

Durham, North Carolina

Southern SW10 is at Durham, NC on November 10, 1976.

Dorval, Quebec

MTC observation car 4 being prepared for shipment to the Connecticut Trolley Museum on Feb. 15, 1967. The car had been in the private collection of H.J. OConnell who acquired the car from the Montreal Transportation Commission in 1959. It is aboard CPR flat car 301000.


Town of Mount Royal, Quebec

Canadian National steeple-cab electric 201 enters Mount Royal on the morning of April 4, 1966. There were only three of these locomotives. Two of them operated together leaving the single unit to handle long commuter trains such as the one shown here.

Rouses Point, New York

Grand Trunk Western 1510, an SW1200, is laying over at the Delaware and Hudson yard at Rouses Point, NY on July 27, 1966. The locomotive worked its way over from the Central Vermont at St Albans.

Notice the body of an old maintenance of way car used as a shed on the right.


North Bay, Ontario

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