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Ah, a look back at the old days when Fort Erie shop was a real bustling enterprise. There was always something happening there. At one time in and around this complex there were close to 2000 people employed. But that was a ways back. In the late 1980s, when downsizing became logical due to the fact the much larger facility at Mac Yard could handle the work, no longer was heavy maintenance and repair carried out at Fort Erie. The activity was phased out beginning in 1987 and by 1989 was all finished. CN Fort Erie shop was for all practical purposes abandoned and fell into disrepair. After a number of years it was somewhat resurrected into the Niagara  Railroad Museum, and to this day is in operation as such.
The turntable and roundhouse are gone. Vandals torched the roundhouse in October of 1992, and mainly built of wood, it could not be saved.  The remains were ploughed into the turntable pit. The turntable bridge was removed for scrap and ended up Stateside.
Oh, and the CN 9641? It was sold to HELM in 2000 and became Guilford 509.
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Caption: Ah, a look back at the old days when Fort Erie shop was a real bustling enterprise. There was always something happening there. At one time in and around this complex there were close to 2000 people employed. But that was a ways back. In the late 1980s, when downsizing became logical due to the fact the much larger facility at Mac Yard could handle the work, no longer was heavy maintenance and repair carried out at Fort Erie. The activity was phased out beginning in 1987 and by 1989 was all finished. CN Fort Erie shop was for all practical purposes abandoned and fell into disrepair. After a number of years it was somewhat resurrected into the Niagara Railroad Museum, and to this day is in operation as such. The turntable and roundhouse are gone. Vandals torched the roundhouse in October of 1992, and mainly built of wood, it could not be saved. The remains were ploughed into the turntable pit. The turntable bridge was removed for scrap and ended up Stateside. Oh, and the CN 9641? It was sold to HELM in 2000 and became Guilford 509.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1306] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/10/1982 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 9641 (search)
Train Symbol: n/a (search)
Subdivision/SNS: F.E. shop (search)
City/Town: Fort Erie (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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