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First run of the TH&B Nanticoke train using leased Chessie power. (TH&B was short on power and could not spare units to run this train).
Here we see a crewman running up ahead to guard the Market St crossing as the train creeps slowly ahead. The interesting thing about this location is the old TH&B station on the left. This historical structure was built back at the turn of the century; the closest part 1896 and it was enlarged facing track, far end, in 1906. Closed in 1969, it became Iron Horse restaurant. Suspicious fire in 1982 gutted it. It was rather surprising it was able to be saved judging by the roof damage. But it was reconstructed in 1990 and existed as a steakhouse once again until closing permanently in 2007. The building is currently vacant.
The power on this train is B&0 4815, C&0 3885 and 4828. Since this was November and the sun sets early, it was great to see the train get out of Hamilton at a good pace and the sunset didn't occur until the train was at Waterford, when I called off the chase on a rather entertaining afternoon.
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Caption: First run of the TH&B Nanticoke train using leased Chessie power. (TH&B was short on power and could not spare units to run this train). Here we see a crewman running up ahead to guard the Market St crossing as the train creeps slowly ahead. The interesting thing about this location is the old TH&B station on the left. This historical structure was built back at the turn of the century; the closest part 1896 and it was enlarged facing track, far end, in 1906. Closed in 1969, it became Iron Horse restaurant. Suspicious fire in 1982 gutted it. It was rather surprising it was able to be saved judging by the roof damage. But it was reconstructed in 1990 and existed as a steakhouse once again until closing permanently in 2007. The building is currently vacant. The power on this train is B&0 4815, C&0 3885 and 4828. Since this was November and the sun sets early, it was great to see the train get out of Hamilton at a good pace and the sunset didn't occur until the train was at Waterford, when I called off the chase on a rather entertaining afternoon.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1500] (more) (contact)
Date: 11/07/1983 (search)
Railway: Chessie System (search)
Reporting Marks: B&O 4815 (search)
Train Symbol: 'Nanticoke (search)
Subdivision/SNS: TH&B Waterford Sub. (search)
City/Town: Brantford (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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8 Comments
  1. Thanks, Brad. I can tell you I shot with two cameras back then; this was the result of a slide, and immediately I set this down and grabbed the print camera for the shot as the train was crossing the road. Wait…..press!!! Nope. Forgot to advance the film. Seconds lost. Ended up with just a photo of the lead engine in the view. Bummer!! :o )

  2. This is great Mr Mooney. So much has changed since I first started ‘studying’ Brantford Burford spur in 2008 and even after visiting in 2015. Tracks were still in place. And I remember a move, I think by CN just before G&W took over, they used the runaround at the station as they had too many cars to runaround at Ingenia or what ever move down there they could not make. Note the tight yard at right. It wasn’t there in 2015. But in maps it was interesting as Clarence St crossed right through the middle of the yard! I wish I was there when C&O/Chessie power went through and I’m glad you caught it (along with the Chessie engine at same crossing, I believe was yours too). Cheers.

  3. Ahh, the good old days before we had to wear flare wear :-)

  4. Nice shot Arnold.
    Cool to see it with a train.

  5. Thanks, Fellers!! Appreciated.

  6. Another classic Arnold! Now if they’d just tear down the addition, restore the station to it’s original state….and cure the other pandemic that’s almost as bad as COVID…neglect!! ;)

  7. Great image! So sad seeing it sitting ignored and trackless today.

  8. Wow!!! This is awesome

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