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With white flags flapping, N&W 3671 and N&W 3661 pull a freight westbound along the Cayuga Sub. through Jarvis ON in the summer of 1976. The headend brakeman gives a friendly wave as all the crews did when they went by the back of our house. The west backtrack switch, the restricted clearance sign for the elevated freight shed platform at the mill, and the pole line wires are clearly visible along the right-of-way. The wheelbarrow and garden tools by the well tilled garden belong to my dad, a.k.a. the CN Roadmaster at Jarvis. Our house was not much more than an auto parts car length from the Cayuga Sub. but it still didn’t prompt me to take many photos when I lived there, or all the times I came back to visit my parents. That worn path up the side of the hill now leads to a much larger trail where the Cayuga Sub. once was. My how things change!
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Caption: With white flags flapping, N&W 3671 and N&W 3661 pull a freight westbound along the Cayuga Sub. through Jarvis ON in the summer of 1976. The headend brakeman gives a friendly wave as all the crews did when they went by the back of our house. The west backtrack switch, the restricted clearance sign for the elevated freight shed platform at the mill, and the pole line wires are clearly visible along the right-of-way. The wheelbarrow and garden tools by the well tilled garden belong to my dad, a.k.a. the CN Roadmaster at Jarvis. Our house was not much more than an auto parts car length from the Cayuga Sub. but it still didn’t prompt me to take many photos when I lived there, or all the times I came back to visit my parents. That worn path up the side of the hill now leads to a much larger trail where the Cayuga Sub. once was. My how things change!

Photographer:
Paul O'Shell [406] (more) (contact)
Date: Summer 1976 (search)
Railway: Norfolk and Western (search)
Reporting Marks: N&W 3671, N&W 3661 (search)
Train Symbol: N&W (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Jarvis, Cayuga Sub., Mile 62.9 (search)
City/Town: Jarvis (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. That is wild….

  2. Wonderful memories. I wish I had a time machine to go back and take photos of what are now only memories.

  3. You were living all our dreams as a kid with the railroad right out the back door. I know I would have been waving to all the crews as they went by. Wonderful caption and image Paul. :-)

  4. Interesting time capture Paul! Undoubtedly the former over and under (to Port Dover) would have been a bit further west.

  5. How many trains per day at this time?

  6. Thanks for all the comments guys! Very much appreciated.

    Sure wish I had taken more photos back in the day as well.

    We lived next to the tracks in a number of locations over the years. Concord (no more than fifty feet away), Hornepayne (a stones throw), and Washago (a short bike ride). :-)

    Yes, the Port Dover over/under was just a few hundred yards to the west.

    N&W trains on the Cayuga Sub. at the time were, two eastbound scheduled trains (90 and 28), two westbound “Extra” trains (27 and 91).

    CN trains were the Hamilton wayfreight off the Hagersville Sub. to Simcoe and return, and the odd stone train to Cayuga Quarries from St. Thomas during the summer months.

  7. The portion of the Hagersville Sub. from Port Dover crossed under the Cayuga Sub. about 400′ to the west. (42.889710, -80.115102).

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