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Last Run!!!  After operating since Dec. 30, 1895; the passenger service is no longer. CP, in its effort to rid itself of this burden after taking over the TH&B, paid the city of Hamilton $1.8M to free itself of an 1894 TH&B agreement to provide passenger service to Hamilton "in perpetuity." The final run of the Budd Cars, which carried passengers on the TH&B line since October 1970, replacing regular locomotives, occurred April 25, 1981. A smattering of foaming fellers marked the occasion. Otherwise, it was just another quiet death of another transportation service. CBC-TV did send a reporter; four of us lined up at the old station by the bridge, and were interviewed as to what we thought of the occasion and why we were there.
My parents saw us on TV that evening. Dad said to Mom. "Well, at least we know where that danged kid is."
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Caption: Last Run!!! After operating since Dec. 30, 1895; the passenger service is no longer. CP, in its effort to rid itself of this burden after taking over the TH&B, paid the city of Hamilton $1.8M to free itself of an 1894 TH&B agreement to provide passenger service to Hamilton "in perpetuity." The final run of the Budd Cars, which carried passengers on the TH&B line since October 1970, replacing regular locomotives, occurred April 25, 1981. A smattering of foaming fellers marked the occasion. Otherwise, it was just another quiet death of another transportation service. CBC-TV did send a reporter; four of us lined up at the old station by the bridge, and were interviewed as to what we thought of the occasion and why we were there. My parents saw us on TV that evening. Dad said to Mom. "Well, at least we know where that danged kid is."

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1316] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/25/1981 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 6110 (search)
Train Symbol: # 182 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Conrail Mainline (search)
City/Town: Fort Erie (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. The ‘changing of the locomotives’ at Welland from TH&B to MCRR ended quite a few years ago. Haven’t an exact date, but CP “Dayliners” (Budds) commenced running straight thru to the States from T.O. in October 1970. Thus the old MCRR station pictured became a “TH&B” station as far as the passengers were concerned.

  2. Mr. Grep; since Arnold runs “high end” camera equipment he wouldn’t know the answer to your question. The checker is likely making sure that the film counter had advanced before he took another frame.
    Brother Moon(ey); Since when is Fort Erie part of the TH&B Passenger System? I thought Welland was as far as one could travel.
    CDP.

  3. H.T.Grep: The questions you ask demand research and in this dump of a den I do not know where to look first, but will take a stab at it and report later. :o )
    First time I went to Fort Erie I recall seeing an old sign “NYC….Yard.” on the other side of Central Av bridge. This was NYC et al property and no doubt it was built for them back when they were part of the passenger service. Off-hand I can recall a considerable number of stations of this design; well, flat roof, anyway. May have been NYC “offices” at one time…being at the border and all that. I noticed the guy checking his camera; all I recall was a bunch of them roared up in a couple of cars and ‘hit the ground running’.

  4. Also fascinating – why does it look like two railfans are checking their digital cameras when clearly they were using film? :) Arnold did you invent a time machine and not tell us?? :)

  5. Station reminds me a lot of Owen Sound – too bad I missed it, would have been a nice prop. Sorry but I have a lot of conflict with this station – it’s built on NYC/PC/CR land is it not? Surely it’s there to service what remained of the joint TH&B/CR passenger service – so who built and does it reflect either of the owners of the time? Or is it as I see it – based on CP designs similar to Owen Sound/etc?

  6. Only people I ‘think’ I know in that shot are on the extreme right, Jan Hart, and in the white coat, Greg Roach. The ‘station’ was a modern passenger building but I do not know when it was built. I’d guess in the 1950s, and it was torn down probably around 2000. It sat empty and boarded for years and the vandals were trying to torch it.

  7. a) Who is in the picture on right?

    b) When was that ‘new’ station torn town? When was it built and was it a passenger station?

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