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Today 147 years of Ontario railroading tradition came to a close as the final train operated between St. Thomas and Tillsonburg, Ont., on the Canada Air Line. In less than an hour's time, Operating Bulletin 518 will see this historic line Out of Service from Mile 114.55 to Mile 87.22, with Mile 80-87.22 now abandoned. While the abandonment of a railway is always a sombre occasion, leave it to the boys at the Ontario Southland Railway to go out in style.
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Caption: Today 147 years of Ontario railroading tradition came to a close as the final train operated between St. Thomas and Tillsonburg, Ont., on the Canada Air Line. In less than an hour's time, Operating Bulletin 518 will see this historic line Out of Service from Mile 114.55 to Mile 87.22, with Mile 80-87.22 now abandoned. While the abandonment of a railway is always a sombre occasion, leave it to the boys at the Ontario Southland Railway to go out in style.

Photographer:
Ryan Gaynor [153] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/30/2020 (search)
Railway: Ontario Southland (search)
Reporting Marks: OSR 1401 (search)
Train Symbol: Cayuga Clipper (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Aylmer, Cayuga Spur (search)
City/Town: Aylmer (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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8 Comments
  1. Wonder if a rail train would go all the way to Delhi at all? That would be interesting

  2. Fantastic shot, Ryan!

  3. There is a couple dozen miles of welded rail still on the line. Lift by rail train. For the rest see how the CASO was ripped out in 2012, vids are online

  4. I kinda wonder how they would go about ripping the line up, i wondered if they would just do what they did with the LE&N in Brantford and go at it with some equipment, or for this line, if a full scale rail train is going to be used

  5. The last train is highly likely to be a CN Rail train in some months ripping it out.

    It was nice for OSR to pause the train for the photographers here.

    Nice work!

  6. First the ‘fab four’, now a bit of an aerial photo…geez, well done!

  7. Outstanding, Ryan!

  8. Nice that they pulled out the matching F’s for the occasion! Glad i got to chase em today

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