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A slide from Bruce Mercer. Quite a scene B&O 4806 and C&O 4823 leased power to CP Rail heading west on the TH&B Waterford sub with a "slab train" destined to Nanticoke. It must have been a circuitous route and quite the alphabet of railway initials involved.  Perhaps someone can add more details about the slab trains and routing.
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Caption: A slide from Bruce Mercer. Quite a scene B&O 4806 and C&O 4823 leased power to CP Rail heading west on the TH&B Waterford sub with a "slab train" destined to Nanticoke. It must have been a circuitous route and quite the alphabet of railway initials involved. Perhaps someone can add more details about the slab trains and routing.

Photographer:
Bruce Mercer, collection of Doug Lawson [227] (more) (contact)
Date: 09/02/84 (search)
Railway: Toronto Hamilton and Buffalo (search)
Reporting Marks: B&O 4806 (search)
Train Symbol: Extra West "Slab Train" (search)
Subdivision/SNS: TH&B Waterford sub (search)
City/Town: Slote Rd, near Dundas (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. Sammy hagarsville has a nice ring to it. Something tells me Van Halen was on the radio of photographers during this chase!

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  2. Oh, I see the first car is different. But still, the blog shot must be 1984 rather than 1983 perhaps.

  3. So after looking at the blog link Mark has supplied, with the same locomotives featured; I get to thinking this “unknown” photographer mentioned on the blog might be Mr. Mercer himself?

  4. A TH&B crew all the way to Nanticoke and back. Watch for the Steel Train article in the TH&B Historical Society “Ontarian”…Research underway–publishing date not yet set!

  5. I’ve heard rumors that after the TH&B was washed out west of Aberdeen, CP ran the train east to Welland where they hopped onto the CASO westbound to Hagarsville. I believe, if it happened at all, this was a very brief route before the operation was halted. To further @jknott86′s comment, the running on the CASO from Waterford started in 1984. A nice summary of the operation and shots of the same power in Waterford can be found: http://rymalstation.blogspot.com/2014/12/throwback-thursday-1-stelco-steel-train.html

  6. I’m curious what crews would operate this train. A TH&B crew from Aberdeen west and then trade off with another crew or would the TH&B crew take the train all the way to Nanticoke ???

  7. I believe the original routing was to take the TH&B Waterford Sub to Waterford, where’d they get onto the CASO to runaround the train. After the runaround it was onto the LE&N southbound to Simcoe and then onto the CN Cayuga Sub from there to head east to Garnet for the Hagersville Sub. Eventually a bypass was built to connect the Waterford Sub with the LE&N directly, avoiding the move on the CASO to get between the two.

    I think they may have eventually taken the CASO from Waterford to Hagersville at some point too.

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