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Completed "Cyclone Separators" have been loaded into Gondola 142320 on the spur that lead through the Sherk Lumber property to the rear (north side) of Port Colborne Iron Works / E.B. Magee, a custom fabricator, boiler  shop and sometime Great Lakes ship builder.  Cyclone Separators are generally used in dust / pollution control applications and would have been considered newer / greener technology at that time.  It appears that the spur had at least 2 tracks with the mobile crane parked between the gon and the steel boxcar.  142320 was built in Dec 1942 and is a riveted steel construction.  The gon looks to be labeled both "Welland" and "Magee" (illegible) on the east and west ends respectively.  The Port Colborne Iron Works closed in the early 2000's, and the current building occupant is an unrelated company, LA Steel.  The spur to the plant through Sherk Lumber was removed in/around the time PC Iron Works ceased operations.
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Caption: Completed "Cyclone Separators" have been loaded into Gondola 142320 on the spur that lead through the Sherk Lumber property to the rear (north side) of Port Colborne Iron Works / E.B. Magee, a custom fabricator, boiler shop and sometime Great Lakes ship builder. Cyclone Separators are generally used in dust / pollution control applications and would have been considered newer / greener technology at that time. It appears that the spur had at least 2 tracks with the mobile crane parked between the gon and the steel boxcar. 142320 was built in Dec 1942 and is a riveted steel construction. The gon looks to be labeled both "Welland" and "Magee" (illegible) on the east and west ends respectively. The Port Colborne Iron Works closed in the early 2000's, and the current building occupant is an unrelated company, LA Steel. The spur to the plant through Sherk Lumber was removed in/around the time PC Iron Works ceased operations.

Photographer:
Michael Klauck Collection [45] (more) (contact)
Date: Late 1950's (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: 142320 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Sherk Lumber-PC Iron Spur (search)
City/Town: Port Colborne (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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6 Comments
  1. Nice National B-1 freight trucks on that gon, a very different design from the typical freight truck.

  2. Hey Mr. Brundle…all Canadian Sideframes and Bolsters… either the product of Can-Car in Montreal or Dominion Foundries (DOFASCO) Hamilton, likely even the wheels are made in Montreal…other than Griffin Wheel in Winnipeg, try getting any railway castings in Canada today …Cheers

  3. This was an early attempt (30′s) to build a plankless/self aligning truck by National Malleable Steel Castings. It did okay when first introduced, but trucks with built-in friction snubbers (50′s) soon took the lead.
    A photo I snapped in Redwater of a 40′ work train box with these, it is marked CC&F, an early Can-Car. :-)

  4. I will check that out, thanks for the info, very few people would know this…Cheers

  5. CN had a few orders of cars back in the day with National B-1 trucks, I don’t think CP opted for any (although I did see a photo of a CP stock car with B-1′s, the only CP car I’ve ever seen with them). I’ve heard they fell out of favour with CN over the years.

    I shot an old potash boxcar, former CN 440601 (used as a storage shed), equipped with them a number of years back: http://freight.railfan.ca/cgi-bin/image.pl?i=cn440601&o=cn

  6. Thanks again Brundle and Mr. Dan for the comments…always interesting to learn more about these things… thank-you MIKE

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