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Bedell Crossing.  A very popular location at one time where an important railroad diamond and junction was located. The CP Winchester Sub and the former Prescott sub.
The Bytown (later Ottawa) and Prescott; which became the St. Lawrence and Ottawa, crossed the Ontario and Quebec RR; this later known as it is today, the Canadian Pacific.
The map location is just outside of Kemptville. The junction was known as Kemptville Jct at first, then Kempton Jct. In an old Winchester Press newspaper it was stated that after May 4, 1919 the hamlet was to be known as Bedell. Supposedly named after a Col. Bedell of the First World War.
The tower was a busy place, but as traffic dwindled on the Prescott line; the diamond was eliminated (Oct 2, 1967) and all traffic used a connection to the Winchester sub......part of which can be seen veering off to the left by the old MoW shanty in the background. Most all of the Prescott sub is gone now, and even the two track CP was reduced to one main during this past summer, I understand.
In this image, facing North is the tower; removed not long after this photo was taken (I have not the actual date) leaving the former Bedell Crossing nothing put memories. On the right, opposite side of tracks stood a station, water tower farther along. (Station was closed 1969, demolished 1972) To the left out of sight was a small yard. To the right of the tower one can see where the old Prescott line used to run. Bedell itself was a community of a dozen or so houses, most leased/rented by CP employees working the area.
Despite the fact in days gone by with passengers stopping here, and the tower manned; there was no inside plumbing! The outhouse was about 75 feet to the south; didn't even come with a door!!  The CP's "sanitary engineer" (honey dipper) came along every once in a while to empty it out. I guess the old water pump in the photo must have come in handy!
Still another wonderful stretch of railroad history, gone; but definitely not forgotten.
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Caption: Bedell Crossing. A very popular location at one time where an important railroad diamond and junction was located. The CP Winchester Sub and the former Prescott sub. The Bytown (later Ottawa) and Prescott; which became the St. Lawrence and Ottawa, crossed the Ontario and Quebec RR; this later known as it is today, the Canadian Pacific. The map location is just outside of Kemptville. The junction was known as Kemptville Jct at first, then Kempton Jct. In an old Winchester Press newspaper it was stated that after May 4, 1919 the hamlet was to be known as Bedell. Supposedly named after a Col. Bedell of the First World War. The tower was a busy place, but as traffic dwindled on the Prescott line; the diamond was eliminated (Oct 2, 1967) and all traffic used a connection to the Winchester sub......part of which can be seen veering off to the left by the old MoW shanty in the background. Most all of the Prescott sub is gone now, and even the two track CP was reduced to one main during this past summer, I understand. In this image, facing North is the tower; removed not long after this photo was taken (I have not the actual date) leaving the former Bedell Crossing nothing put memories. On the right, opposite side of tracks stood a station, water tower farther along. (Station was closed 1969, demolished 1972) To the left out of sight was a small yard. To the right of the tower one can see where the old Prescott line used to run. Bedell itself was a community of a dozen or so houses, most leased/rented by CP employees working the area. Despite the fact in days gone by with passengers stopping here, and the tower manned; there was no inside plumbing! The outhouse was about 75 feet to the south; didn't even come with a door!! The CP's "sanitary engineer" (honey dipper) came along every once in a while to empty it out. I guess the old water pump in the photo must have come in handy! Still another wonderful stretch of railroad history, gone; but definitely not forgotten.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1908] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/19/1977 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: not applicable (search)
Train Symbol: n/a (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CP Winchester Sub. (search)
City/Town: Bedell (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Wow….too bad I didnt know ANYTHING about trains yet, history or photography. Of course, being April 77 I was only three months old….’knee high to a grasshopper’ LOL….great photo. Obviously as I’ve learned in my formulatuve years (I’m still learning too!)…..Bedell is just one of those old time spots…can never go wrong going to Bedell. Sad though that it’s all changed….but, great shot Arnold. This ‘whippersnapper’ lives the history you’ve captured. Some may have played the game of ‘taking my nose’…but you’ve got the eye!

  2. Todd.there are loads of stories and photos from around this diamond/junction in the older Branchline magazines. This was a tremendously popular place in the past. Like many other junctions in Eastern Ontario…all just memories.

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