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Goodbye, farewell and thank god P&H is finally receiving cars. The final (for now at least) railway/region in Ontario's southern shortline exodus is SORs Hamilton based operation. Today, the last day, I was fortunate enough to get some of their last movements to the various industries. Parrish and Heimbecker, a Canadian agricultural company with over a century in operation, announced in 2014 that they would be adding to  their sprawling, national network with a new mill to be built in the Hamilton port. Within the last few weeks, after about 2 years of the mill being in operation they are finally receiving product in railcars (in addition to trucks), just in time for SOR to get used to switching them... Based on the brief history thus far the mill is busy with seemingly daily (week day) switching, spotting about a dozen loads on property every trip. It'll be sad for me without the existence of SOR in Hamilton. It's been like that for as long as I can remember, all the way back to the SW1200s and the blue B-unit. Can't even count the number of times my dad, brother and I would wonder around the outside of the shop looking at whatever power was parked there. Now the shop, most of that power and the railway are gone altogether. This makes me appreciate the bit of SOR that remains south of Garnet, so all is not lost and the Orange will still be available in southern Ontario. I'd also like to thank Jaime Knott for some of the above and "on-scene" informing and helping me catch this movement, I wouldn't have got this shot otherwise.
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Caption: Goodbye, farewell and thank god P&H is finally receiving cars. The final (for now at least) railway/region in Ontario's southern shortline exodus is SORs Hamilton based operation. Today, the last day, I was fortunate enough to get some of their last movements to the various industries. Parrish and Heimbecker, a Canadian agricultural company with over a century in operation, announced in 2014 that they would be adding to their sprawling, national network with a new mill to be built in the Hamilton port. Within the last few weeks, after about 2 years of the mill being in operation they are finally receiving product in railcars (in addition to trucks), just in time for SOR to get used to switching them... Based on the brief history thus far the mill is busy with seemingly daily (week day) switching, spotting about a dozen loads on property every trip. It'll be sad for me without the existence of SOR in Hamilton. It's been like that for as long as I can remember, all the way back to the SW1200s and the blue B-unit. Can't even count the number of times my dad, brother and I would wonder around the outside of the shop looking at whatever power was parked there. Now the shop, most of that power and the railway are gone altogether. This makes me appreciate the bit of SOR that remains south of Garnet, so all is not lost and the Orange will still be available in southern Ontario. I'd also like to thank Jaime Knott for some of the above and "on-scene" informing and helping me catch this movement, I wouldn't have got this shot otherwise.

Photographer:
Mark MacCauley [93] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/13/2018 (search)
Railway: Southern Ontario Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: QG 2500 (search)
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City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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6 Comments
  1. Naturally I spoke too soon. Was coming back into the City off the QEW this afternoon so took Burlington Street in, looks like about 6 to 8 hoppers got dropped in there, potentially even today.

  2. I’d be very curious to know where the loads were originating (i.e. if they came from places like Shantz).

    Seems like things have slowed down to nothing there again with the shipping season having drawn to a close. Haven’t seen any hoppers there since this time. Will be interesting to keep an eye on when things open back up.

  3. G&W owns Railcare – located on leased Port of Hamilton land/buildings. SOR may also still lease shop space for their Hamilton shop. I’d hardly say any of that is ownership though..

    SOR in Hamilton is done operating for now – unless the shop continues to operate in Hamilton – it’s just Garnet/Nanticoke at this time.

  4. I’m not aware SOR owns any track in Hamilton, which trackage are you referring to Brad?

  5. Sorry, i’m not completely following.. SOR is switching Hamilton but you say “It’ll be sad for me without the existence of SOR in Hamilton”.. I understood SOR still have trackage in The Hammer that they bought. So they will continue to exist in Hamilton as well as the Garnet to Nanticoke operation? Please clarify thanks! Great shot and good news with the mill compared to the sad news Marcus Steven’s recent Streetsville post conveys http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=35747

  6. Glad someone got this :) It was a long time ago that we shot them going in – was probably the last move too before they started construction on this elevator.

    http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=12123

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