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View from the Victoria St overpass in the Falls shows a line up of CN locomotives pooled at the CN yard  to wait out a national rail strike brought on by the 3200 members of the track maintenance personnel (Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Workers)over job security.
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Caption: View from the Victoria St overpass in the Falls shows a line up of CN locomotives pooled at the CN yard to wait out a national rail strike brought on by the 3200 members of the track maintenance personnel (Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Workers)over job security.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1241] (more) (contact)
Date: 03/24/1995 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: various (search)
Train Symbol: n/a (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN yard (search)
City/Town: Niagara Falls (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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11 Comments
  1. No. Haven’t the answer. Hopefully someone will know.

  2. Great shot.
    By chance, would you happen to know how many CN trains during the 1990s would cross over the Whirlpool bridge?
    Was it just the one autorack train?

  3. Amazing to see what was, just a short distance from my work the past 12 years. As CTP mentioned, never realized how extensive the Cyanamid plant was given what I can remember when visiting the falls in my teens. Great shot of the yard though during the strike.

  4. Anywhere in Niagara it is like this, Marcus. Fort Drearie, St. Catastrophe’s, Pt. Colborne, Welland…….it is all the same. Don’t for a minute think our governments policies of economic suicide do not have anything to do with it.

  5. It’s amazing what Niagara Falls has done over just the past decade to erase as much industry and railway from the city in the name of progress, and as it “cleans up” its image as a big tourist attraction.

  6. I remember that strike. It lasted several days. The chemical plants and refineries were very anxious for it to end. Like Niagara Falls, Edmonton was full of locomotives. The Walker shops were packed, and they filled a couple tracks out at Bissel Yard.

  7. CTP: The oozing of chemical into every pore of the soils of the area spelled doom for this 92 acre site (huge, eh?. Environmental assessments and fines became the order of the day. Brights was up the road a couple of miles or so at Stanley and Whirlpool, I believe.It too disappeared in the ’90s.

  8. I didn’t realize that Niagara Falls was that heavily industrialized or that the Cyanamid plant was that extensive. The view from the street didn’t show that much. The industrial area wasn’t exactly the scenic spots either. Wasn’t the Bright’s plant in this area too? The cross border traffic looked heavy – wheat and lumber. The “Softwood Lumber Dispute” killed much of that traffic while CN was expanding their Chicago operations and moving the wheat from the Prairies there. Thus the Niagara Falls Yard became superfluous. Would you agree with that assessment?

  9. Marcus: The Cyanamid Plant produced fertilizers, among other things and was a huge source of contamination in Niagara. The plant closed around 1990 and was torn down in 1995.

  10. Wow, that’s more power then I ever witnessed there :)
    When did they raze the huge factory in the background, I don’t recall ever seeing it?

  11. Did NS continue to operate during this strike in Ontario?

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