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May 1st is the annual anniversary of the famed 1960 CPR Tripleheader from Toronto to Orangeville and back, although this year just a little sadder as at the end of 2021 the line was abandoned and is to be ripped up for a rail trail, parkland, and real estate redevelopment (a fate all too common in decades past).

From happier days, railfans and their cameras are out and about as CPR 4-4-0 136 and 4-6-0 D10's 815 and 1057 lead their train northbound on the Orangeville Sub through Brampton, crossing Jessie Street in the background. They're about to cross Queen Street (one of the main thoroughfares) and pull up to the old CPR Brampton Station downtown. The switch here south of Queen was for a passing track that ran north to just south of the diamond.

136 and 1057 survive on the South Simcoe Railway, and the old station was "reconstructed" (rebuilt, expanded, modernized) in the Mount Pleasant area as a community centre, but the old Orangeville/Owen Sound Subdivision from Streetsville to Orangeville (built by the Credit Valley Railway in the 1870's), surviving until recently as the Orangeville Brampton Railway, will soon be relegated to the history books.

Original photographer unknown, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.
Copyright Notice: This image ©Unknown, Dan Dell'Unto coll. all rights reserved.



Caption: May 1st is the annual anniversary of the famed 1960 CPR Tripleheader from Toronto to Orangeville and back, although this year just a little sadder as at the end of 2021 the line was abandoned and is to be ripped up for a rail trail, parkland, and real estate redevelopment (a fate all too common in decades past).

From happier days, railfans and their cameras are out and about as CPR 4-4-0 136 and 4-6-0 D10's 815 and 1057 lead their train northbound on the Orangeville Sub through Brampton, crossing Jessie Street in the background. They're about to cross Queen Street (one of the main thoroughfares) and pull up to the old CPR Brampton Station downtown. The switch here south of Queen was for a passing track that ran north to just south of the diamond.

136 and 1057 survive on the South Simcoe Railway, and the old station was "reconstructed" (rebuilt, expanded, modernized) in the Mount Pleasant area as a community centre, but the old Orangeville/Owen Sound Subdivision from Streetsville to Orangeville (built by the Credit Valley Railway in the 1870's), surviving until recently as the Orangeville Brampton Railway, will soon be relegated to the history books.

Original photographer unknown, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide (with some photo restoration/colour correction done).

Photographer:
Unknown, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [772] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/01/1960 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CPR 136, 815, 1057 (search)
Train Symbol: CPR Tripleheader (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Brampton - CP Orangeville Sub (search)
City/Town: Brampton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. The thrill lives on in the form of an LP that was put out back in the day…..excellent recording of the event.

  2. Bryce Lee photo maybe??

  3. Bruce: no, this one came from a US source. Probably an unknown US-based railfan visiting for the event.

  4. Great picture Dan, at a site which doesn’t show up in very many pictures taken that wonderful day. Thanks to Ray Kennedy for having the fortitude to organize and operate this famous trip, which yes, did attract railway enthusiasts from all over including from the US. Thank you for posting, John

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