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Back in the CP days Snelgrove was the location of a trans-loading facility, with the siding often full of covered hoppers. Once CP rid itself of the Owen Sound sub. the facility was left empty and all translating was moved to Streetsville. The siding did however remain and during the Cando years it was often used as not only a run around location for trains serving the one remaining customer about a mile to the south, but it also served as a turn around spot for the popular Credit Valley Explorer excursion trains. When Cando terminated its contract on the line the passenger trains also ended for good sadly. Today as trillium rolls through its last year of operating the line, the siding is still used regularly for running around tank cars destined for the last customer on Brampton, and typically tank cars destined for that customer will be left in the siding here rather then dragged up to Orangeville and back again on the next trip. The customer is best worked on the southbound trip rather than the northbound trip as the switch faces south. I was a bit confused this day as on arrival the power was on the north end of the tank cars even though the train was still in the process of heading south to Streetsville, but it appeared that the tank cars needed to be rotated before dropping one at the customer. The brakeman has taken to the ground to lift the derail and line the switch. The rest of the train can be seen in the distance. The pile of rotten ties are from some track maintenance done after Trillium took over the line. It appears though that no more maintenance will be done with the end of operations quickly approaching, and now the weeds are already taking over. A sad ending for a one time busy branchline.
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Caption: Back in the CP days Snelgrove was the location of a trans-loading facility, with the siding often full of covered hoppers. Once CP rid itself of the Owen Sound sub. the facility was left empty and all translating was moved to Streetsville. The siding did however remain and during the Cando years it was often used as not only a run around location for trains serving the one remaining customer about a mile to the south, but it also served as a turn around spot for the popular Credit Valley Explorer excursion trains. When Cando terminated its contract on the line the passenger trains also ended for good sadly. Today as trillium rolls through its last year of operating the line, the siding is still used regularly for running around tank cars destined for the last customer on Brampton, and typically tank cars destined for that customer will be left in the siding here rather then dragged up to Orangeville and back again on the next trip. The customer is best worked on the southbound trip rather than the northbound trip as the switch faces south. I was a bit confused this day as on arrival the power was on the north end of the tank cars even though the train was still in the process of heading south to Streetsville, but it appeared that the tank cars needed to be rotated before dropping one at the customer. The brakeman has taken to the ground to lift the derail and line the switch. The rest of the train can be seen in the distance. The pile of rotten ties are from some track maintenance done after Trillium took over the line. It appears though that no more maintenance will be done with the end of operations quickly approaching, and now the weeds are already taking over. A sad ending for a one time busy branchline.

Photographer:
Marcus W Stevens [684] (more) (contact)
Date: 09/10/2021 (search)
Railway: Orangeville-Brampton Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: GMTX 333 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Owen Sound sub. (search)
City/Town: Snelgrove (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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One Comment
  1. Great catch and very interesting to hear how they operate. Really fortunate that you were able to capture this process.

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