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CN 0-8-0 switcher 8438 (a P4b-class unit built by the Grand Trunk in 1923) is seen switching cars at Bathust Street in busy downtown Toronto in 1958. In the late 1950's, diesels were slowly taking over the last of the steam assignments, as evident by MLW S3 8456 switching a passenger express reefer nearby. 8438 too would soon be replaced, and eventually scrapped in August 1961.
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Caption: CN 0-8-0 switcher 8438 (a P4b-class unit built by the Grand Trunk in 1923) is seen switching cars at Bathust Street in busy downtown Toronto in 1958. In the late 1950's, diesels were slowly taking over the last of the steam assignments, as evident by MLW S3 8456 switching a passenger express reefer nearby. 8438 too would soon be replaced, and eventually scrapped in August 1961.

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Bill Thomson [624] (more) (contact)
Date: 1958 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CNR 8438 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Bathurst Street - TTR (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. A small portion of the old retaining wall handrail survives to this day just east of the north abutment of the Bathurst Street bridge. It sits about 4 feet below the current level of the road.

  2. I love these pan efforts on slow ASA film (25?). The truck at top is in focus perfectly. What a time capsule. Thanks for sharing.

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