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Although they were two distinct entities on paper, the Grand River and the Lake Erie & Northern functioned as a single system under the direction of Canadian Pacific with all equipment regularly operating anywhere on either line.  Apart from the letter boards, the only distinguishing feature was that Grand River equipment carried even numbers while Lake Erie & Northern’s numbers were odd.  Parcels and small packages were a significant source of revenue.  In this scene, GRR 842 has paused at the LE&N station in Brantford on its northbound trip to Galt to load such express shipments through the rear door while passengers board at the front.  Since 842 did not have a separate baggage or express section, packages were simply piled in the vestibule or on seats at one end of the car.  The station waiting area is in the brick section above the train shed while the track curving to the right in the foreground is a remnant of the Brantford & Hamilton Electric Railway which joined those two cities and which closed in 1931.  The Lorne (Colborne Street) Bridge is in the background.
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Caption: Although they were two distinct entities on paper, the Grand River and the Lake Erie & Northern functioned as a single system under the direction of Canadian Pacific with all equipment regularly operating anywhere on either line. Apart from the letter boards, the only distinguishing feature was that Grand River equipment carried even numbers while Lake Erie & Northern’s numbers were odd. Parcels and small packages were a significant source of revenue. In this scene, GRR 842 has paused at the LE&N station in Brantford on its northbound trip to Galt to load such express shipments through the rear door while passengers board at the front. Since 842 did not have a separate baggage or express section, packages were simply piled in the vestibule or on seats at one end of the car. The station waiting area is in the brick section above the train shed while the track curving to the right in the foreground is a remnant of the Brantford & Hamilton Electric Railway which joined those two cities and which closed in 1931. The Lorne (Colborne Street) Bridge is in the background.

Photographer:
Julian Bernard [23] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/29/1950 (search)
Railway: Grand River Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: GRR 842 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Brantford (search)
City/Town: Brantford (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=10740

    Looks like this is the same location today, however can appears to be abandoning this soon….

  2. What an awesome photo! Thank you for posting it.

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