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Uva per Vino !
Early October and the California wine grapes are flooding the Toronto and Montreal markets. 9402 and a pair of C630's have several thousand tons of SPFE/UPFE reefers behind them, hurrying the tender fruit to the various brokers. No doubt this was probably a second section of train 392. The earlier dedicated Chicago-Toronto hotshot  very likely had it's share of concord and chardonnay.
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Caption: Uva per Vino ! Early October and the California wine grapes are flooding the Toronto and Montreal markets. 9402 and a pair of C630's have several thousand tons of SPFE/UPFE reefers behind them, hurrying the tender fruit to the various brokers. No doubt this was probably a second section of train 392. The earlier dedicated Chicago-Toronto hotshot very likely had it's share of concord and chardonnay.

Photographer:
Bruce Mercer [100] (more) (contact)
Date: 10/7/1986 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 9402 (search)
Train Symbol: Extra East (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Strathroy Sub (search)
City/Town: Hyde Park (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. This is interesting. Either the growth in Niagara (and BC) grapes and/or trucking widdled away this traffic. What do you think?

  2. Since you asked…I think instead of seeing shipments like this, you see a few Containers of wine juice instead. Which is why there are any number of independent stores where one can make their own wine – all the base products are imported juice. Thirty years ago there were few, if any, Ontario crops of Merlot, Sauvignon or Riesling grape. The loss of the tender fruit markets ( peaches, cherries, plums etc) have made land available for vineyards. There is still a market for people who actually make wine in their basement, it’s just not as prevalent. And check any bottle on the shelf at ” that ” store and if it doesn’t say VQA, chances are it’s blended with imported juice(s).

  3. I can remember when CN stopped accepting reefers out her because they were to labour-intensive…or some such nonsense. Sounds like H.H.’s way of thinking. Do you ever see any down your way any more?

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