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This was the second last active customer on Trillium’s Welland industrial spur, off the original Canada Southern mainline in Welland. LSC occupied a huge piece of property backing onto the original Welland canal. If I recall correctly this was originally a large steel mill that even had its own boat dock along the canal. This day I actually caught two Trillium jobs along this spur. Here Trillium’s former CP RS18 1859 backs a cut of bulk head flats into LSC to be loaded, blocking traffic at the corner of Ontario street and Dain Ave. Sadly today not only is this spur gone but almost the entire industry has been levelled. It is truly amazing how many industries were once located in the Niagara region. So many are gone now.
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Caption: This was the second last active customer on Trillium’s Welland industrial spur, off the original Canada Southern mainline in Welland. LSC occupied a huge piece of property backing onto the original Welland canal. If I recall correctly this was originally a large steel mill that even had its own boat dock along the canal. This day I actually caught two Trillium jobs along this spur. Here Trillium’s former CP RS18 1859 backs a cut of bulk head flats into LSC to be loaded, blocking traffic at the corner of Ontario street and Dain Ave. Sadly today not only is this spur gone but almost the entire industry has been levelled. It is truly amazing how many industries were once located in the Niagara region. So many are gone now.

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Marcus W Stevens [852] (more) (contact)
Date: 10/17/2011 (search)
Railway: Trillium Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: 1859 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Welland industrial spur (search)
City/Town: Welland (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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5 Comments
  1. This is an amazing image considering what it looks like around there today. Great capture.

  2. Two in a day! Nice. Welland is a brownfield mess… hoping someone will take care of that.. but it’s a rust belt community for sure.

  3. What makes this more interesting, is this was this line’s second tour of duty. It was ripped out in 2003 roughly, then rebuilt in 2009, before the plant closed for good. If more industry comes back in the plants place, maybe third time’s the charm.

  4. But everything was torn down. It’s a giant empty brownfield now.

    No one will touch it without remediation and the only thing that will pay for remediation in this environment… will be remediation for residential housing.

    And even then.. does Welland have the value in the land to make it profitable? without it it’ll sit like that for 20-30 years.. the worst brownfield in Guelph still doesn’t have a plan or shovels in the ground… i don’t know how bad this one is…

  5. When I drove by this site few weeks ago there was men and soil moving machinery there. I suspect they’re just leveling the last remaining building, but maybe there’s plans for housing or other industries.

    I’m struggling to find my source, but I believe I read where Welland was the largest expanding community for housing in Ontario in 2021. The old John Deere plant in Dain city, now all a housing development after significant remediation (I think). Not unreasonable to think this site slated for housing, its surrounded by neighbors on 2 sides as it is, and a picturesque ex-canal on another side. Housing would probably be worth a lot.

    Worth also mentioning the industrial expansion in Niagara as of late. Thorald Multimodal hub just officially reactivated their rail line with a dozen tenants said to be moving into the repurposed brownfield site. Also the HOPAs other expansion in to Niagara with sites planed for Welland and Port Colburne last I heard. There are various other industrial development sites being pursued/planned, some specifically related to rail.

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