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After shooting daily except Sunday all stops Toronto - Belleville pool train number 10 at Harwood Avenue in Ajax, I was able to zip down the 401 to head off the train again during its stop at Bowmanville's former Grand Trunk station.  Built circa 1856, the building was damaged in a derailment in January 1968 but repaired for use into 1979.  It would be demolished in April 1981.Scan and editing by Jacob Patterson.
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Caption: After shooting daily except Sunday all stops Toronto - Belleville pool train number 10 at Harwood Avenue in Ajax, I was able to zip down the 401 to head off the train again during its stop at Bowmanville's former Grand Trunk station. Built circa 1856, the building was damaged in a derailment in January 1968 but repaired for use into 1979. It would be demolished in April 1981.

Scan and editing by Jacob Patterson.

Photographer:
John Freyseng [99] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/31/1963 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CNR 1910, CNR 1914 (search)
Train Symbol: 10 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Oshawa Subdivision (search)
City/Town: Bowmanville (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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10 Comments
  1. Another wonderful classic. Thanks John……………and Jacob.

  2. Thanks Arnold, if you look closely at the autos parked by the platform on the right, next to the Chevvy is my VW Beattle, sure racked up the miles chasing trains like Pool #10. Thanks Jacob for the station history information and posting, John

  3. The vehicles are classics!!

  4. great shot john

  5. John….the little green heap? :o ) I have seen so many of those over the years at stations I thought there was a fleet of them for the operators’ use. I have to say you have moved up in the world (big grin).

  6. What makes that a pool train?

  7. What makes it a pool train? The CN timetable. Trains covered by the Pool Agreement were shown as such in the timetable. This did not imply that the train operated across both railways. FWIW My family is from Bowmanville and they would talk about “taking the Pool Train to Toronto” – it was a often a figure of speech rather than an exact thing.

  8. Pool Trains were usually made up of both CN & CP cars. In Montreal, they used either CP Windsor Station or CN Central Station. I have seen some consist sheets for some of them and they were varied and interesting!

  9. So many great pieces to this image. Great shot John.

  10. Great photo….not many are out there of the old stone station at Bowmanville. In my lifetime, I’ve seen more of the CP one. Sadly….nothing remains today. Pool train, and obviously the station. I think it too may have become structurally unsafe, after a derailment happened trackside a few years after, heavily damaging the front of the station. Once saw photos of CN’s patchwork….but alas….it’s all part of history now.

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