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CN ten-wheeler 1135 is seen at Oxford Junction, Nova Scotia on June 20, 1955.  Bound for Pictou, NS, 69.2 miles to the east, the run was usually served by a gas-electric car but their diminishing reliability or, perhaps on this day, a heavy head-end load of parcels and packages accounted for the substitution of regular locomotive-hauled equipment.  Connection was made at Oxford Junction with Montreal - Halifax main line and local trains.
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Caption: CN ten-wheeler 1135 is seen at Oxford Junction, Nova Scotia on June 20, 1955. Bound for Pictou, NS, 69.2 miles to the east, the run was usually served by a gas-electric car but their diminishing reliability or, perhaps on this day, a heavy head-end load of parcels and packages accounted for the substitution of regular locomotive-hauled equipment. Connection was made at Oxford Junction with Montreal - Halifax main line and local trains.

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Juilan Bernard [23] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/20/1955 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CNR 1135 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Oxford Junction Station - CN Oxford Sub (search)
City/Town: Oxford Junction (search)
Province: Nova Scotia (search)
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3 Comments
  1. I will confess that when I arrived at Oxford Junction that day in 1955 I was a bit disappointed to find a steam locomotive ready to head the train rather than the scheduled self propelled, gas-electric car. However, my concern diminished when I found one of CN’s well proportioned, attractive ten-wheelers at the head end. Years earlier I had begun collecting locomotive numbers and, though the list is long gone, I have never forgotten that the first number on the list was 1134 which I had spotted at Matapedia in 1943. Riding behind 1135 to Pictou wasn’t so bad after all. On the way to Pictou I recall seeing the station at Tatamagouche, an attractive, two storey, brick gem. After the line was closed, the station building was bought by Jimmy LeFresne who later opened the Train Station Inn which offers accommodation in the station or several cabooses as well as dinner in the dining car. It’s well worth a visit.

  2. A wonderful classic picture Julian. Thank You for posting. The 1135 has an interesting headlight placement which is a little lower than usual CNR practice.

  3. Juilan, I could only imagine how you would feel if you could get to return to where this scene took place so many years ago. The station was still there when I dropped by in 2001, it was desolate, barren, whatever words you want to use; a sad reminder of the lively days gone by. To me, this image of yours is absolutely classic.

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