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CNR 4-8-4  6167, running light as extra 6167 to Leaside CNR (ex-Canadian Northern) yard for public display as part of Town of Leaside 50th anniversary celebrations (incorporated April 23, 1913, population 47), and will be departing over the CNR Leaside Branch; former Canadian Northern connecting line to CPR Trenton Subdivision (today CP Rail Belleville Sub) and CP trestle over Eglinton Ave East and Don River West Branch valley into the CNR Leaside yard.At right, CNR MLW road switchers 3040 and an unknown high nose unit lead a southbound (timetable eastbound) scheduled freight train from South Parry to Toronto Mimico Yard, still the major yard for Toronto as MacMillan yard in Vaughan was still under construction, opening two years later in 1965.  Oriole Station is still an active train order station with agents on duty, and the first passing siding here being the first one north of Rosedale siding in the Don Valley (underneath the Prince Edward Viaduct).  Installation of CTC on the Bala Subdivision is well underway but not yet activated. Oriole Station is long gone as is the connecting track to CPR Belleville Sub (much of connecting track right-of-way now a paved bicycle/jogging/walking path), but Oriole siding (now owned by GO Transit/ Metrolinx is very much in use today, CTC controlled by GO Transit Operations in Oakville.  MLW RS3 3040 was the last in a 23 unit order (3018 – 3040, class MR-16b) from MLW in 1954, and would be retired during the late 1960s.
A view  looking south at Oriole today.  Note the dwarf signal, switch, and a few hundred feet of the former Leaside Branch are still present.
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Caption: CNR 4-8-4 6167, running light as extra 6167 to Leaside CNR (ex-Canadian Northern) yard for public display as part of Town of Leaside 50th anniversary celebrations (incorporated April 23, 1913, population 47), and will be departing over the CNR Leaside Branch; former Canadian Northern connecting line to CPR Trenton Subdivision (today CP Rail Belleville Sub) and CP trestle over Eglinton Ave East and Don River West Branch valley into the CNR Leaside yard.

At right, CNR MLW road switchers 3040 and an unknown high nose unit lead a southbound (timetable eastbound) scheduled freight train from South Parry to Toronto Mimico Yard, still the major yard for Toronto as MacMillan yard in Vaughan was still under construction, opening two years later in 1965. Oriole Station is still an active train order station with agents on duty, and the first passing siding here being the first one north of Rosedale siding in the Don Valley (underneath the Prince Edward Viaduct). Installation of CTC on the Bala Subdivision is well underway but not yet activated. Oriole Station is long gone as is the connecting track to CPR Belleville Sub (much of connecting track right-of-way now a paved bicycle/jogging/walking path), but Oriole siding (now owned by GO Transit/ Metrolinx is very much in use today, CTC controlled by GO Transit Operations in Oakville. MLW RS3 3040 was the last in a 23 unit order (3018 – 3040, class MR-16b) from MLW in 1954, and would be retired during the late 1960s.

A view looking south at Oriole today. Note the dwarf signal, switch, and a few hundred feet of the former Leaside Branch are still present.

Photographer:
John Freyseng [76] (more) (contact)
Date: 09/13/1963 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CNR 6167, CNR 3040 (search)
Train Symbol: Extra 6167 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Bala Sub (search)
City/Town: Oriole (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. So many neat details in this image. Semaphores and searchlights, the wooden box on the station wall. Great shot, John. Were most CN signal bridges painted orange/red when first installed?

  2. CN 3040 was one of only a couple of MLW units to receive the barrel type spark arrestors common on GP9s. They must have not been successful as all were later removed.

  3. Congratulations on number one.Still going to UCRS with 23 out last Thursday.Keep them coming. Bruce

  4. 6167 should have been shopped when instead, they moved it to another plinth. My gosh, what a beautiful locomotive and so representativeof Canadian National steam. If you’re going to have a Diesel in the picture, make it an MLW/ALCO, and painted in the correct CNR colors!

  5. Just amazing, John. Amazing!! Thanks for posting; and hopefully many more from the late Golden Age.

  6. What a wonderful capture John! It has everything one could want! – Ken

  7. Thank you everyone for your comments, simply was at the right place at the right time.

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