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The tripleheader has arrived at Orangeville; quite late but still hundreds were waiting.  A sea of people. Check out those cars! Remember it is 1960. The Chief of Police said there were more people than when the soldiers came home from the War!  Seeing the crowd I immediately cancelled a planned runpast for fear of injuries.  A brass band greeted the passengers and after a brief ceremony the crew set about turning the train for the return trip.  The train was first split to spot the diner at the station (the train arrived one track over) to water it since the hose was not long enough to reach. This delayed remarshalling the train which required moving the baggage car to the other end and the two wooden SUF (Steel Under Frame) coaches to the rear since they could not be marshaled ahead of steel cars.  The CPR had wanted to run the engines and baggage car to turn on the wye at Fraxa (and charge more to do so!).  They said the turntable was out of order. I didn’t believe that so, I went to Orangeville to prove it was still serviceable.  I refused because I did not want to leave people with nothing to look at while this was being done.  I won. My train! The engines were turned, coaled and watered one at a time giving the onlookers a free show.    
Raymond L. Kennedy
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Caption: The tripleheader has arrived at Orangeville; quite late but still hundreds were waiting. A sea of people. Check out those cars! Remember it is 1960. The Chief of Police said there were more people than when the soldiers came home from the War! Seeing the crowd I immediately cancelled a planned runpast for fear of injuries. A brass band greeted the passengers and after a brief ceremony the crew set about turning the train for the return trip. The train was first split to spot the diner at the station (the train arrived one track over) to water it since the hose was not long enough to reach. This delayed remarshalling the train which required moving the baggage car to the other end and the two wooden SUF (Steel Under Frame) coaches to the rear since they could not be marshaled ahead of steel cars. The CPR had wanted to run the engines and baggage car to turn on the wye at Fraxa (and charge more to do so!). They said the turntable was out of order. I didn’t believe that so, I went to Orangeville to prove it was still serviceable. I refused because I did not want to leave people with nothing to look at while this was being done. I won. My train! The engines were turned, coaled and watered one at a time giving the onlookers a free show.

Raymond L. Kennedy

Photographer:
Jim Walder/John Riddell Collection [19] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/01/1960 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 136, 815, 1057 (search)
Train Symbol: Passenger Extra 136 North (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Orangeville Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Orangeville (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. What a mob!!! Hard to imagine. You’d think the Queen would have been on board!! For those interested, the station still survives. It was moved ‘downtown’ a few blocks north and was a restaurant the last time I was by.

  2. Wonderful scene, thanks Ray Kennedy for showing these pictures. I just wish Ray’s name had appeared rather Jim Walder/John Riddell.
    Thanks to Jim and John for allowing Ray to post these.

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