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CP RS18 8751, handling today's "Moonlight", is captured here in a rare photo working the CN-CP interchange at Brampton diamond during its trip south on the Orangeville Sub enroute to Streetsville Junction. The unit has uncoupled from its train (visible sitting on the main track in the distance) and is backing around on the south leg of the interchange track, either lifting or setting off cars. Note the neat NCHX covered hopper lettered for CIL (Canadian Industries Ltd) just behind the power. The diamonds for the CN Halton Sub north and south mainline tracks are visible at the lower left.  1950's maps show the Brampton interchange track split off from the Orangeville Sub just south of Rosedale Ave. and continued south to the diamond, where it curved east around the south end of the J.W. Hewetson Shoe Co. building, crossed Mill Street and lead into the CN station grounds. By time this photo was taken, the interchange had been extended north to just south of English Street, and at the south end the track ended to the right just out of frame at a switch to CN's Halton Sub (protected by dwarf signals), that CN used to access the interchange. One can see a crossover north of the diamond that allowed CP to come off the Orangeville Sub and access the south end of the interchange track for southbound lifts and setoffs (best reference online I can find is this 1968 aerial).  North of the diamond just south of Vodden was a siding that branched off the interchange track and headed east to Dale Estates (a large Brampton greenhouse operation, helping give Brampton its "Flower City" nickname). There are accounts of fresh flowers being shipped out of the CPR Brampton Station on passenger trains back in the day, but apparently the boilerhouse at the end of the spur once took hoppers full of coal.  I haven't been able to nail down an exact date when interchanging here between CN & CP was discontinued, but have heard it was sometime in the 80's. A source mentioned some modern OBRY traffic for CN was still billed as interchanged at Brampton (on paper), even though the physical interchange actually happened at Streetsville with CP, who then forwarded the cars to CN.  The mothballed Brampton interchange track remained mostly intact and connected to CN into the 2000's until signal upgrades and track work in the area around June 2007. It was during that time when CN removed their switch and dwarfs for the interchange track, and some of the rail at the sound end was buried (the northbound and southbound OBRY signals were also replaced, as CN maintained the signal system while CP maintained the physical diamond, even in the OBRY era). Some speculate OBRY having an active interchange here with CN would have allowed them to reduce their operating costs by abandoning or selling off the southern portion of their ex-CP Orangeville/Owen Sound Sub between Brampton diamond and Streetsville, but nothing ever became of that idea.  Roger Heed photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.
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Caption: CP RS18 8751, handling today's "Moonlight", is captured here in a rare photo working the CN-CP interchange at Brampton diamond during its trip south on the Orangeville Sub enroute to Streetsville Junction. The unit has uncoupled from its train (visible sitting on the main track in the distance) and is backing around on the south leg of the interchange track, either lifting or setting off cars. Note the neat NCHX covered hopper lettered for CIL (Canadian Industries Ltd) just behind the power. The diamonds for the CN Halton Sub north and south mainline tracks are visible at the lower left.

1950's maps show the Brampton interchange track split off from the Orangeville Sub just south of Rosedale Ave. and continued south to the diamond, where it curved east around the south end of the J.W. Hewetson Shoe Co. building, crossed Mill Street and lead into the CN station grounds. By time this photo was taken, the interchange had been extended north to just south of English Street, and at the south end the track ended to the right just out of frame at a switch to CN's Halton Sub (protected by dwarf signals), that CN used to access the interchange. One can see a crossover north of the diamond that allowed CP to come off the Orangeville Sub and access the south end of the interchange track for southbound lifts and setoffs (best reference online I can find is this 1968 aerial).

North of the diamond just south of Vodden was a siding that branched off the interchange track and headed east to Dale Estates (a large Brampton greenhouse operation, helping give Brampton its "Flower City" nickname). There are accounts of fresh flowers being shipped out of the CPR Brampton Station on passenger trains back in the day, but apparently the boilerhouse at the end of the spur once took hoppers full of coal.

I haven't been able to nail down an exact date when interchanging here between CN & CP was discontinued, but have heard it was sometime in the 80's. A source mentioned some modern OBRY traffic for CN was still billed as interchanged at Brampton (on paper), even though the physical interchange actually happened at Streetsville with CP, who then forwarded the cars to CN.

The mothballed Brampton interchange track remained mostly intact and connected to CN into the 2000's until signal upgrades and track work in the area around June 2007. It was during that time when CN removed their switch and dwarfs for the interchange track, and some of the rail at the sound end was buried (the northbound and southbound OBRY signals were also replaced, as CN maintained the signal system while CP maintained the physical diamond, even in the OBRY era). Some speculate OBRY having an active interchange here with CN would have allowed them to reduce their operating costs by abandoning or selling off the southern portion of their ex-CP Orangeville/Owen Sound Sub between Brampton diamond and Streetsville, but nothing ever became of that idea.

Roger Heed photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.

Photographer:
Roger Heed photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [772] (more) (contact)
Date: Circa October 1982 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 8751 (search)
Train Symbol: CP Moonlight (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Brampton Diamond - CP Orangeville Sub (search)
City/Town: Brampton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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6 Comments
  1. I can confirm that the track was in place until June 2007, as until then I was riding VIA to/from Guelph fairly regularly. I always wondered if it still saw any use, and also that it would be neat to see a train on it, as the curve was very sharp. Thanks for posting this, Dan.

  2. Fantastic image! I remember the commuting track but never saw a train on it. Figured only CN would have used it.

  3. The track was absolutely there in the mid 2000′s, and there was a dwarf signal, but the track was basically buried, and the switch to the mainline I believe was gone.

  4. An excellent image from Mr. Roger Heed. It was my privilege and pleasure to get to know him through the Ontario Rail Association in the mid 70′s. He was an extraordinary young man who was extremely friendly and skilled. In spite of his adversities he was always smiling. It is tragic that he passed so early… he is not forgotten. Thank you, Dan, for posting this – I look forward to seeing more of Roger’s photography.

  5. From poking around there back in the day, the track was weed-grown but still intact in 2007 (it took a dip down from the Halton Sub into some weeds and curved north), but around mid-June 2007 CN took out a section by the switch when they were doing signal upgrades in the area, but left the switch and dwarfs. By the end of July 2007, the switch and signals had been removed, and all the hardware piled up nearby (but the rest of the interchange track north of there was left intact). I suspect most of the interchange trackage is OBRY (ex-CP) owned, which was why it remained for so long.

    Peter: good to know more info about Roger. It took a while to track down who shot a few of the slides I acquired, some talk with Ron Bouwhuis (who also shot with Roger on occasion) helped sort things out.

  6. So, Dan’s right – I actually found pictures where I essentially took photos from all sides, including a few trains in 2005 on a dull day when you didn’t have to worry about shadows.

    The switch was indeed in on the mainline in 2005.

    I have a couple good pictures from this era. I’ll post one now!

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