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In the summer of 1989 hundreds of car loads of Coal were still coming into Port Colborne via the Humberstone Subdivision, then from CN Nickel back switch to the former Algoma Steel Canadian Furnace Division Yard on the East Side.  The Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company would unload and move the cars around with the bucket unit on the right. CN4102 has just picked six (6) empty SANTE FE Coal hoppers and is making the short trip back to CN Nickel.  The entire yard and connection to the former CN Nickel Yard was removed in the mid to late 90's.
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Caption: In the summer of 1989 hundreds of car loads of Coal were still coming into Port Colborne via the Humberstone Subdivision, then from CN Nickel back switch to the former Algoma Steel Canadian Furnace Division Yard on the East Side. The Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company would unload and move the cars around with the bucket unit on the right. CN4102 has just picked six (6) empty SANTE FE Coal hoppers and is making the short trip back to CN Nickel. The entire yard and connection to the former CN Nickel Yard was removed in the mid to late 90's.

Photographer:
Michael Klauck [23] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/19/1989 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4102 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Rochester & Pittsburgh Yard (search)
City/Town: Port Colborne (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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13 Comments
  1. Thanks Stephen. I was concerned my original request had not made it through to anyone, or that a response to me had got lost in cyberspace.
    Thanks for the detailed explanation of the process. Much appreciated. Paul

  2. So gents, all, sorry about the delay. The thing about our ‘contact’ request feature is it’s 100% done by hand. Requests are sent by e-mail to my inbox (copying a couple other people) and we have to read, review, and forward, by hand.

    Because these requests contain personal information of the requestor, and has the potential to be abused,

    it is set up this way to form a barrier as we cannot share personal information without permission, reduces spam, nefarious purposes, and people seeking long lost relatives or looking to serve people with papers.

    We get about 1-5 requests per month on average and sometimes they do get buried. Sometimes we get more than the usual…

    On the Internet things like this are also abused to inject ransomware, spam, scams, etc and we’ve been VERY successful in stopping it so far. If the feature was being abused, i’d just as soon shut it down, but for now, it’s fine :)

    It works, it just takes a bit of manual labour to get around to it out of someone’s busy day :)

    hope this helps explain. I don’t mind doing it at all, neither do the other guys. When something is really timely, we try to forward really quickly

    the thing is I only check my e-mail once a day.

    LOL

  3. Thanks Stephen. Didn’t know how else to check.

  4. Sorry boys, just buried in e-mail. I’ll press the forward button soon :)

  5. Hmmm. I gave them permission to pass my email address on to you. Let’s see if these messages get through to a moderator.

  6. Hello Paul, I requested your email from the moderators, but never go a response, Michael

  7. Did you get my email address from the moderators? I haven’t seen anything from you yet. Checked my SPAM folder as well.

  8. Would love to see that Paul, and I will pass along the BURRO shots I have once I get your email….I have some good Crane shots at the Algoma Steel as well, just have to find them

  9. Hi Michael. I have a photo of that American crane I snapped in the summer of 1974 that I will send you once you have my email address from the moderators. Regards, Paul

  10. Sharp contrast with the Bucket Rail Crane Operator on the right… full on coveralls, cigar in hand, covered in coal dust…they just don’t make ‘em like that anymore :)

  11. Sure looks like one of the train crew is decked out in short sleeves and short shorts. :-)

  12. The Coal operations were a hangover from the steam era (lake ships mostly), but they managed another 3+ decades of mountains of coal stored along the east banks of the Canal. In addition to seeing brown SANTE FE, Black Chessie “CAT” hoppers were also common. Complaints from neighbouring houses of coal dust led to tarping all bulk shipments as can be seen on the right…Cheers..Thanks

  13. Really neat. I had no idea that CN served a coal operation down there into the late 80′s.

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