Canadian Northern did make an unsuccessful attempt to preserve the locomotives and cars. From the end of operations in 1910, the locomotives and rolling stock lay derelict. At about the outbreak of World War I, a Montreal scrap dealer by the name of Diamond purchased the rolling stock. Most of the equipment was barged down the Ottawa River to Montreal where it was scrapped.
Two combination car bodies were sold for use as farm storage sheds. Eugene St. Denis, a farmer whose land faced the Ottawa River at Chute à Blondeau, bought the body of one passenger car. It is possible that Mr. St. Denis bought the second body as well. The cars were taken across the river during the 1914-
There has been some controversy over the age of the combine. Normally a car of 1854 vintage would not have a clerestory roof. The car was inspected in 1973 by Omer Lavallée and Jim Shields, both of whom are respected technical historians. They concluded that, based on the construction methods and the style that is typical of the 1850 to 1860 period, the car body was part of the original equipment. It is possible that the C&G staff added the clerestory in the 1870s.
Other artifacts of the Carillon & Grenville survive at the Argenteuil Museum. An important item is the balloon stack from the locomotive Grenville. Until 1969 it had been used as a planter in the garden of a Mr. Field of Brownsburg, Quebec. Mr. Field had worked for the C&G and the stack was a gift from his son P.E. Field of Montreal. The museum also has a piece of the original C&G track. The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa has a short section of “U” rail from the C&G. It dates from about 1852 and its manufacturer in unknown.
The builder's plate for locomotive No. 2 Grenville went up for auction on eBay in December 2000 but the reserve bid apparently was not met. Its final disposition is unknown.
|Table of Contents
|Last of the Breed
|Montreal & Bytown Railway
|The Second Carillon & Grenville Formed
|A Living Museum
|A New & Controversial Owner
|History in Brief
|Grenville Subdivision Station & Mileage Table
|Photos - 2
|Photos - 3
|Photos - 4
|Photos - 5