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CN A438 crosses over Dougall Avenue as they depart nearby Van De Water Yard bound for London. This underpass dates back to the MCR era of the CASO and is the last remaining of two or three other bridges that crossed here when CN had a hump operation that spanned part of the road. That was well before my time so if I have that info wrong please correct me. This underpass is slated for rebuild with much needed pedestrian access, bike lanes, and lane widening. The current structure is also starting to crumble and the flooding in 2017 was too much for the drainage system to keep up with causing the road to be impassible. Final permits and permission from CN have been obtained for this project.
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Caption: CN A438 crosses over Dougall Avenue as they depart nearby Van De Water Yard bound for London. This underpass dates back to the MCR era of the CASO and is the last remaining of two or three other bridges that crossed here when CN had a hump operation that spanned part of the road. That was well before my time so if I have that info wrong please correct me. This underpass is slated for rebuild with much needed pedestrian access, bike lanes, and lane widening. The current structure is also starting to crumble and the flooding in 2017 was too much for the drainage system to keep up with causing the road to be impassible. Final permits and permission from CN have been obtained for this project.

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Mike Molnar [111] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/08/2019 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 2444 (search)
Train Symbol: CN A438 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Caso Spur (search)
City/Town: Windsor (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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5 Comments
  1. Thank you @Mile27. That explanation depicts a good mental image of how the yard was set up. I appreciate it!

  2. Hey Mike, here’s an answer to your question about the 3 bridges that existed over Dougall Avenue. Information provided by a former employee/railfan.

    The south bridge, showing in your pic, was for the east and west mainline tracks.
    The north and the centre bridges were close to being the crests of the two hump (east and west) operation. The north bridge connected the long gone westbound arrival yard between Howard Ave with the westbound hump west of Dougall which we used to call the class yard when that was all that was left. Then, tracks classified for Detroit and west were pulled into the Electric yard and others for CPR and ETR interchanges etc. The centre bridge connected the eastbound arrival yard (tracks 35 to 39) with the eastbound hump, east of Dougall. Trains from Detroit would enter the Electric yard on the south half (that was torn out years ago but still showed faintly on the board in the Windsor South depot office) and be shoved into or pulled directly into the eastbound Arrival yard and then be humped (over the middle bridge) toward Howard Ave. Hope this helps.

  3. Thank you guys! @mile27 Was one of the bridges for the hump or were they inbound tracks for the yard?

  4. Nicely done, Mike. This POV is seldom seen. Back in the day, there were 2 other bridges just north of this location.

  5. Great shot Mike!

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