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The difference of a quarter century. It is always amazing how much things can change over a couple decades. By the mid 1990’s I finally had my own car and a decent camera. Streetsville was often a good place to stop after college or later on a day off. Typically by mid morning the “Streetsville turn” had made it to town from Guelph junction. In the mid 90’s standard power for the job was a single C424 or RS18, and both Guelph and Streetsville junctions had a wye if need to turn the power although it was rarely used. The scene here at the mills has changed a lot over the years. The large church in the distance has been long completed, and the housing development in the background is now filled in with a new mature tree line.  Both spurs to the right and left have been severed and long unused. It’s hard to believe considering the ADM mill off the spur to the right was once switched daily. The flange lubricator on the mainline here was also moved further west. As for C424 4227 it and all surviving MLW’s would survive one more year, as for 4227 it is still active today and used by the Apache Railway. Within a year the Streetsville job would be abolished along with the job to Guelph. Ontario Southland would take over operating the line to Guelph as well as storing its power in Guelph junction. A new stone train would serve Guelph junction from Toronto, while another train would serve Streetsville from Toronto. In this image CP 4227 is in the process of backing down the ADM spur. Eventually pairs of rebuilt GP9U’s would take over for the ailing C424’s and RS18’s. Today ADM still owns its elevator, while Reid’s mill would sell out first to Kraft and later to Ardent. Ardent still receives cars on it’s surviving spur a couple times a week.
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Caption: The difference of a quarter century. It is always amazing how much things can change over a couple decades. By the mid 1990’s I finally had my own car and a decent camera. Streetsville was often a good place to stop after college or later on a day off. Typically by mid morning the “Streetsville turn” had made it to town from Guelph junction. In the mid 90’s standard power for the job was a single C424 or RS18, and both Guelph and Streetsville junctions had a wye if need to turn the power although it was rarely used. The scene here at the mills has changed a lot over the years. The large church in the distance has been long completed, and the housing development in the background is now filled in with a new mature tree line. Both spurs to the right and left have been severed and long unused. It’s hard to believe considering the ADM mill off the spur to the right was once switched daily. The flange lubricator on the mainline here was also moved further west. As for C424 4227 it and all surviving MLW’s would survive one more year, as for 4227 it is still active today and used by the Apache Railway. Within a year the Streetsville job would be abolished along with the job to Guelph. Ontario Southland would take over operating the line to Guelph as well as storing its power in Guelph junction. A new stone train would serve Guelph junction from Toronto, while another train would serve Streetsville from Toronto. In this image CP 4227 is in the process of backing down the ADM spur. Eventually pairs of rebuilt GP9U’s would take over for the ailing C424’s and RS18’s. Today ADM still owns its elevator, while Reid’s mill would sell out first to Kraft and later to Ardent. Ardent still receives cars on it’s surviving spur a couple times a week.

Photographer:
Marcus W Stevens [875] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/08/1997 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 4227 (search)
Train Symbol: Streetsville turn (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Galt subdivision (search)
City/Town: Streetsville (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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3 Comments
  1. This one hits home is so many ways, thanks for posting this.

  2. A little piece of the past for you Matt :)

  3. Nice. I remember when Kraft didn’t receive cars at the mill and ADM did!

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