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A pair of Pennsylvania Railroad Baldwin RS12's, PRR 8108 and 8105, handle a transfer from Buffalo, arriving on the Canadian side of the border in Fort Erie ON. One would be hard-pressed to find Baldwins operating in service today, much less on a Class 1 Railroad.  Editor's Historical Note: The RS12 (while it sounds like an ALCO designation) was a successor to the DRS4-4-1000 and VO-1000 units produced by Baldwin earlier on, not many of which were produced for Canadian Railways, but occasionally made inroads into Canada via foreign railways.
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Caption: A pair of Pennsylvania Railroad Baldwin RS12's, PRR 8108 and 8105, handle a transfer from Buffalo, arriving on the Canadian side of the border in Fort Erie ON. One would be hard-pressed to find Baldwins operating in service today, much less on a Class 1 Railroad.

Editor's Historical Note: The RS12 (while it sounds like an ALCO designation) was a successor to the DRS4-4-1000 and VO-1000 units produced by Baldwin earlier on, not many of which were produced for Canadian Railways, but occasionally made inroads into Canada via foreign railways.

Photographer:
Bill Thomson [497] (more) (contact)
Date: September 1963 (search)
Railway: Pennsylvania Railroad (search)
Reporting Marks: PRR 8108, 8105 (search)
Train Symbol: PRR Transfer (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Fort Erie, NYC CASO Sub (search)
City/Town: Fort Erie (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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8 Comments
  1. Mmmm Baldwins in their pure form…between being retired early and being re-engined with other manufacturers’ engines (EMD, Alco…), they didn’t fair too well on most RR’s.

  2. Thank You for those comments. The first time I had even seen anything about the NYC yard in Fort Erie was through an article/map in an issue of Trains magazine from a few years ago. It was the story of young boy who used to ride his bicycle over the Peace Bridge from Buffalo to takes railroad pictures in Fort Erie. I believe he was a 12 year-old sometime in the very early 1950′s. (Sadly I can’t find my copy.)

  3. I can remember when I first got into this hobby, I was wandering thru brush on the north side,just west of the Central Av bridge, and seeing the remains of an old wooden sign “Keep Out..Property of the New York Central System” and assuming some facility there. Always remembered this and wondered why I had never seen any photos of the properties.

  4. Rkentie – if you install Google Earth on your computer, and use the ‘timeline’ feature you can view various satellite (or areial) images of various locations – Google has put online the University of Waterloo collection of areal photos from Niagara (the entire niagara penninsula) from 1939 and these images show clearly, the Victoria yard and roundhouse structures.

    I’m under the impression most if it was gone by the end of steam, but I don’t have a source handy right now. Either way, the Google Earth images were the first i’ve seen of structures and layout of the Victoria Yard area and certainly those who have not seen it and have an interest will find it fascinating.

  5. I’ve lived most of my life in Fort Erie. (Born 1958) I’ve also seen a lot of pictures of various railroads. However I’ve never seen any pictures of the NYC yard or roundhouse. I wonder if any exist?

  6. Baldwins in Ontario in the mid-60′s. Who knew? Learn something every day! I never even knew Pennsy came into Ontario.

  7. I have photographed this Baldwin down in Mooresville, NC…..but that’s not Canada :) https://flic.kr/p/ncfm2u

  8. Unreal!!!! Makes me wonder how you can look out the door at what passes by these days.:o)

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