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Celebrating GEXR's Guelph subdivision and spurs: There was once a double ended siding here but I can't figure out for the life of me if it was ever called anything - between Guelph Jct and Marden (and Fergus) on the CNR Fergus subdivision would be where this siding is and other than use as a team track, I don't know what other purpose it served. What's neat is the grade coming over the hump at Willow Rd and you need a long enough train to really show it off. I like how G&W orange really stands out on a dreary, cold day, it's almost a completely monochrome scene other than the locomotive.
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Caption: Celebrating GEXR's Guelph subdivision and spurs: There was once a double ended siding here but I can't figure out for the life of me if it was ever called anything - between Guelph Jct and Marden (and Fergus) on the CNR Fergus subdivision would be where this siding is and other than use as a team track, I don't know what other purpose it served. What's neat is the grade coming over the hump at Willow Rd and you need a long enough train to really show it off. I like how G&W orange really stands out on a dreary, cold day, it's almost a completely monochrome scene other than the locomotive.

Photographer:
Stephen C. Host [857] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/13/2016 (search)
Railway: Goderich-Exeter (search)
Reporting Marks: QGRY 2008, RLK 4095 (search)
Train Symbol: GEXR 580 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Not Provided
City/Town: Guelph (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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8 Comments
  1. Nice photo Steve. It would make a great Christmas postcard scene.

  2. Thanks for the replies all.

    Jacob and CN parked a unit for local service right at the station in one of those service tracks. The old yard office was the small hut-like protrusion at the Guelph Station – it was left ‘as is’ until the recent renovations… still had CN bulletins from ’77 posted inside and a CN lock protecting the door.

    Jacob I’d advise you to check an old CN timetable from the 40′s or 50′s, would list the passenger trains and possibly a freight or two.. I don’t have any older then ’70.

  3. Anyone know how many trains were through Guelph in the ’60′s/70′s? There was still 3 platforms at the station, plus a handful of sidings for Textile Industries Ltd. (and possibly another industry) and a team track or two where 6167 used to be located.

  4. Back in the day it was used for the passenger trains to meet, probably back in the steam days but perhaps when the Rail-liners ran too. Apparently they’d meet here to avoid congestion of rail traffic all at one time infront of the Guelph station.

  5. Interesting – so perhaps this ‘siding’ was more of a run-around for local industry switching then? In theory this may have been used by the downtown Guelph train also before the City spur was pulled up in ’74 or so, but there was the XV yard..

  6. Just off to the right was Guelph Warehouses. Used to get boxcars spotted there. The building is there, this side covered in sheet metal and only trucks using the other side. Switch was just south of the laneway near where you were standing for this shot. Occasionally the Ringling Brothers/ Barnum & Bailey Circus train was parked in the main siding here while the troupe performed in Kitchener (no room for the entire train there). Off to the right there was also a farm equipment company (name slips my mind but it was in the lot where the gym is and the other building), but I don’t know if they had rail service.

  7. Likely had good use “back in the day”. Imperial Tobacco was a busy place, with both boxcars and TOFC business (cigars, cigarettes).
    This guy looks to have 1 load for Smurfit; 1 empty for Metro; between 1 and 5 for Traxxside; and the rest for Willsie’s Gang.

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