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CN RS18 3708 works local freight #590 along the former Thousand Islands Railway line (now known as CN's Gananoque Spur), crossing the Gananoque River between River Street and King Street. The spur line branched off near Cheeseborough at Mile 155.3 of CN Kingston Sub and extended 3.2 miles south into the Town of Gananoque, following the Gananoque River. Interestingly, the line diverged about a mile west of the CN Gananoque station location, once known as "Gananoque Junction".

The Thousand Islands Railway was originally constructed in the 1880's as a way to connect port and lumber facilities in the Village of Gananoque to the Grand Trunk Railway's mainline, and in 1911 GTR took control of the TIR. The name of the line was retained until 1958, and CN continued to operate the line as a spur until dwindling traffic warranted abandonment in 1996, and removal in 1997 (parts of the right of way are now the Gananoque Waterfront Trail).

Keith Hansen photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection (with some colour correction and restoration work done).

For more history on the line, refer to Ray Kennedy's Old Time Trains page here.
Copyright Notice: This image ©Keith Hansen photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. all rights reserved.



Caption: CN RS18 3708 works local freight #590 along the former Thousand Islands Railway line (now known as CN's Gananoque Spur), crossing the Gananoque River between River Street and King Street. The spur line branched off near Cheeseborough at Mile 155.3 of CN Kingston Sub and extended 3.2 miles south into the Town of Gananoque, following the Gananoque River. Interestingly, the line diverged about a mile west of the CN Gananoque station location, once known as "Gananoque Junction".

The Thousand Islands Railway was originally constructed in the 1880's as a way to connect port and lumber facilities in the Village of Gananoque to the Grand Trunk Railway's mainline, and in 1911 GTR took control of the TIR. The name of the line was retained until 1958, and CN continued to operate the line as a spur until dwindling traffic warranted abandonment in 1996, and removal in 1997 (parts of the right of way are now the Gananoque Waterfront Trail).

Keith Hansen photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection (with some colour correction and restoration work done).

For more history on the line, refer to Ray Kennedy's Old Time Trains page here.

Photographer:
Keith Hansen photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [563] (more) (contact)
Date: Circa October 1986 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 3708 (search)
Train Symbol: CN 590 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Gananoque Spur (search)
City/Town: Gananoque (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. An amazing scene.

  2. Great to see, this line has always fascinated me.

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