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It looks like "family day" at the old STLH Woodstock, as youngsters are being assisted up and down in order they get to enjoy the view out of a locomotive cab.
The sign should date this photo, as STLH was a brainwave of CP to create a separate identity for the Eastern Operations of CP beginning in late 1996. The idea floundered, and STLH was absorbed back into CP on Jan 1, 2001.
Eight months later this sign is still up, a testament to another odd-ball era in railroading.
CP 1505, a GP7, was retired by the end of 2011.
Copyright Notice: This image ©A.W.Mooney all rights reserved.



Caption: It looks like "family day" at the old STLH Woodstock, as youngsters are being assisted up and down in order they get to enjoy the view out of a locomotive cab. The sign should date this photo, as STLH was a brainwave of CP to create a separate identity for the Eastern Operations of CP beginning in late 1996. The idea floundered, and STLH was absorbed back into CP on Jan 1, 2001. Eight months later this sign is still up, a testament to another odd-ball era in railroading. CP 1505, a GP7, was retired by the end of 2011.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1338] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/03/2001 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 1505 (search)
Train Symbol: yard local ? (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CP Galt Sub. (search)
City/Town: Woodstock (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. Thanks, Brad. We were almost all ‘into’ trains as little kids after seeing toy sets. But the modern era has most kids sliding over to video games and all the other electronic stuff now.
    My Dad used to take me to Stuart St, or if he didn’t have much time, after supper up to Freeman Station (we lived near Brant & Lakeshore..or Water St as it was called back then) and I used to be in awe of the smoke and noise and huge wheels and everything else that was exciting. But we did not have a camera back then that was worth a damn..:o(

  2. Funny as I just wondered about the CM&Q aquisition (why’d they sell that line in the first place?!) and if they will retain CM&Q as a potential separate identity/tax write off kind of thing not unlike StL&H or the Kawartha Lakes Railway. Gives me a warm feeling the kids were into trains!! Very nice Arnold!

  3. STL&H was created as a possible spin off….at a time when CP saw their future was in Western Canada commodities.

  4. Neat shot Arnold. I remember that sign too. The one in Galt lasted several years after the STLH era ended as well. Also miss seeing those yellow CP boxcars in Woodstock.

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