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Arnold's Fantastic 6060 shot on the St.Catherines (Welland?) Bridge prompted me to dust off this 1977 action shot.


At one time fans eagerly awaited the late winter/early spring excursion announcements: who was operating what excursions where, etc. 


So, Thirty Seven Years ago.


Not only is this 1944 MLW unique, well ok it was one of eighty U-1 class.


Look at the location.


CN Campbellford Subdivision mile 41.3 Hastings, Ontario.


The CN 'back route' from Belleville to Toronto included 86.4 miles of the Campbellford Subdivision (Belleville through Peterboro to Lindsay)  and  60.9 miles of the Uxbridge Subdivision (Lindsay to Scarboro (CN's spelling) – Junction with Kingston Subdivision. A total of  147.3  miles of interesting branchline railroading – compared to the  Kingston Subdivision's  high speed 113.4 miles .


The back route was a favourite for many 6167 / 6218 excursions. To my knowledge May 7, 1977 was the only date that 6060 rode the Campbellford Subdivision – at the leisurely 40 m.p.h.  speed limit. Stations included Foxboro (mile 6.5), Madoc Jct.(12.2), Anson (mile 19.8 Jct. With Marmora Subdivision), Campbellford (30.9), Hastings (drawbridge at mile 42.0 and the bridge is still in place), Keene (53.7), Peterboro (drawbridge at mile 62.1 and interlocking with C.P. Rail at mile 63.0), Omemee (77.8) and Lindsay. 


 I believe this 6060 excursion was a one way CRHA sponsored trip, consist included several Montreal open window commuter coaches. Perhaps some one out there may recall where this trip originated (Ottawa or Montreal ?). And how riders returned. Anyway it was mid afternoon, about 13:30 by the time the extra west appeared at Belleville.


 To capture this shot I borrowed Dad's black 1969 Pontiac Parrisienne equipped with a 350 cubic inch V8 and Power-glide 2 speed automatic transmission – fuel economy was of little importance – my 1965 Ford LTD equipped with a 352 cubic inch V8 was ailing, cracked frame behind the left rear wheel – happened when changing a tire! Either vehicle was a jack rabbit and two lane country road passing was accomplished with ease.


May 7, 1977 Kodachrome by S.Danko.


What's interesting:


My 65 Ford LTD is visible, lower right, in this shot at Bayview:


    TH&B 71   


CN Campbellford Subdivision mile 2.8 served Corbyville, the location of a distillery and at CN Peterboro two industrial spurs: at mile 60.6 for 0.9 miles south and at mile 63.0 for 2.7 miles south. The Lakefield spur at mile 63.7 extended 9.5 miles north.


CN Campbellford Subdivision speed restrictions: Six axle units in the 2000 and 2300 series restricted to 25 m.p.h. ( the big Alco designed MLW's) and units in series 5000, 5100 and 5200 must not exceed 15 m.p.h.  (the six axle SD's – perhaps given the SD's  trucks long wheel base).


More 6060


    CN 6060 at Sunnyside  


    CN 6060 at Sunnyside  


    CN 6060 at Washago  


    CN 6060 near Newtonville  


    CN 6060 near Trent River Drawbridge   


sdfourty
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Caption: Arnold's Fantastic 6060 shot on the St.Catherines (Welland?) Bridge prompted me to dust off this 1977 action shot.

At one time fans eagerly awaited the late winter/early spring excursion announcements: who was operating what excursions where, etc.

So, Thirty Seven Years ago.

Not only is this 1944 MLW unique, well ok it was one of eighty U-1 class.

Look at the location.

CN Campbellford Subdivision mile 41.3 Hastings, Ontario.

The CN 'back route' from Belleville to Toronto included 86.4 miles of the Campbellford Subdivision (Belleville through Peterboro to Lindsay) and 60.9 miles of the Uxbridge Subdivision (Lindsay to Scarboro (CN's spelling) – Junction with Kingston Subdivision. A total of 147.3 miles of interesting branchline railroading – compared to the Kingston Subdivision's high speed 113.4 miles .

The back route was a favourite for many 6167 / 6218 excursions. To my knowledge May 7, 1977 was the only date that 6060 rode the Campbellford Subdivision – at the leisurely 40 m.p.h. speed limit. Stations included Foxboro (mile 6.5), Madoc Jct.(12.2), Anson (mile 19.8 Jct. With Marmora Subdivision), Campbellford (30.9), Hastings (drawbridge at mile 42.0 and the bridge is still in place), Keene (53.7), Peterboro (drawbridge at mile 62.1 and interlocking with C.P. Rail at mile 63.0), Omemee (77.8) and Lindsay.

I believe this 6060 excursion was a one way CRHA sponsored trip, consist included several Montreal open window commuter coaches. Perhaps some one out there may recall where this trip originated (Ottawa or Montreal ?). And how riders returned. Anyway it was mid afternoon, about 13:30 by the time the extra west appeared at Belleville.

To capture this shot I borrowed Dad's black 1969 Pontiac Parrisienne equipped with a 350 cubic inch V8 and Power-glide 2 speed automatic transmission – fuel economy was of little importance – my 1965 Ford LTD equipped with a 352 cubic inch V8 was ailing, cracked frame behind the left rear wheel – happened when changing a tire! Either vehicle was a jack rabbit and two lane country road passing was accomplished with ease.

May 7, 1977 Kodachrome by S.Danko.

What's interesting:

My 65 Ford LTD is visible, lower right, in this shot at Bayview:

TH&B 71

CN Campbellford Subdivision mile 2.8 served Corbyville, the location of a distillery and at CN Peterboro two industrial spurs: at mile 60.6 for 0.9 miles south and at mile 63.0 for 2.7 miles south. The Lakefield spur at mile 63.7 extended 9.5 miles north.

CN Campbellford Subdivision speed restrictions: Six axle units in the 2000 and 2300 series restricted to 25 m.p.h. ( the big Alco designed MLW's) and units in series 5000, 5100 and 5200 must not exceed 15 m.p.h. (the six axle SD's – perhaps given the SD's trucks long wheel base).

More 6060

CN 6060 at Sunnyside

CN 6060 at Sunnyside

CN 6060 at Washago

CN 6060 near Newtonville

CN 6060 near Trent River Drawbridge

sdfourty

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Date: 05/07/1977 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CNR 6060 (search)
Train Symbol: extra 6060 west (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Hastings mile 41.3 CN Campbellford Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Hastings (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. A couple of years later I look back at this shot once again and it is still one of my top favourites on this site. The only thing I ever saw move around there was probably grasshoppers.

  2. Love this shot, being a member of the Hastings Historical Society. We would love to use it in our 2016 calendar. Can you put me in touch with the photographer.

    Paul Stevens

  3. I agree with HTG: This is a seldom photographed area, and, while looking at the RP stuff today, I immediately was drawn to the fact this was a photo of the station at Hastings!!! Really, really nice image. Never did I get a train moving thru this area, something I will always regret.

  4. Great shot – Love the old branchlines in that part of Ontario – a fascinating network in a sparsely populated area – surprised they lasted as long as they did..

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