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Yes, world events can effect us here in southern Ontario. An example of this sixty years ago was Canada's massive sale of grain to the Soviet Union which caused an upswing in traffic and required CN and CP to lease locomotives from U.S. railroads. (This was described in the January 1964 UCRS Newsletter, available here: https://railwaypages.com/upper-canada-railway-society-ucrs-and-its-publications)

So that explains why we have a pair of B&LE F units leading a CN train through Canfield in the spring of 1964 (Kodachrome slide processed in June 1964). The train looks like 488, one of two daily Sarnia-Fort Erie freights which was a regular through Canfield mid-day. 488 and its overnight counterpart 486 handled traffic off the GTW to U.S. railroads at Buffalo. Daytime train 484 and overnight 482 handled traffic to Niagara Falls through Hamilton. As Niagara Frontier railway connections changed in the late 1960s/1970s, this traffic was consolidated onto trains 386/387 operated via Hamilton.
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Caption: Yes, world events can effect us here in southern Ontario. An example of this sixty years ago was Canada's massive sale of grain to the Soviet Union which caused an upswing in traffic and required CN and CP to lease locomotives from U.S. railroads. (This was described in the January 1964 UCRS Newsletter, available here: https://railwaypages.com/upper-canada-railway-society-ucrs-and-its-publications) So that explains why we have a pair of B&LE F units leading a CN train through Canfield in the spring of 1964 (Kodachrome slide processed in June 1964). The train looks like 488, one of two daily Sarnia-Fort Erie freights which was a regular through Canfield mid-day. 488 and its overnight counterpart 486 handled traffic off the GTW to U.S. railroads at Buffalo. Daytime train 484 and overnight 482 handled traffic to Niagara Falls through Hamilton. As Niagara Frontier railway connections changed in the late 1960s/1970s, this traffic was consolidated onto trains 386/387 operated via Hamilton.

Photographer:
Doug Page [369] (more) (contact)
Date: 6/ /1964 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: BLE 728 (search)
Train Symbol: 488 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Canfield Jct (search)
City/Town: Canfield (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. Thank you for posting this, especially with the detailed caption. I only first saw the Dunnville Sub when it was recently abandoned. I’ve always found it very intriguing, and photos of it in action are few and far between.

  2. Very nice.

  3. Great photo! My old section territory.
    And CN would ultimately acquire the B&LE with the purchase of Great Lakes Transportation and the DM&IR.

  4. Unreal.

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