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Once upon a time there was more to railroad activity in Brantford than CN and street running. Witness this scene, TH&B crewman protecting Market St in downtown Brantford in order for the Nanticoke Steel Train to make its way thru on the TH&B line that once traversed this city. This new steel traffic put a strain on what meager roster the TH&B had, so parent CP brought in some leased Chessies to help alleviate the problem. Here we see B&O 4801, C&O 3885 and 4828 heading toward Waterford on a rather dull mid-afternoon. On the left is the former TH&B station turned "Iron Horse" Steakhouse. Unfortunately a kitchen fire gutted the business, as can be seen by the gaping holes in the roofline. No doubt the credit can be given partly to such sturdy brick construction that this historic building was saved and rebuilt.
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Caption: Once upon a time there was more to railroad activity in Brantford than CN and street running. Witness this scene, TH&B crewman protecting Market St in downtown Brantford in order for the Nanticoke Steel Train to make its way thru on the TH&B line that once traversed this city. This new steel traffic put a strain on what meager roster the TH&B had, so parent CP brought in some leased Chessies to help alleviate the problem. Here we see B&O 4801, C&O 3885 and 4828 heading toward Waterford on a rather dull mid-afternoon. On the left is the former TH&B station turned "Iron Horse" Steakhouse. Unfortunately a kitchen fire gutted the business, as can be seen by the gaping holes in the roofline. No doubt the credit can be given partly to such sturdy brick construction that this historic building was saved and rebuilt.

Photographer:
A.W. Mooney [2133] (more) (contact)
Date: 11/27/1983 (search)
Railway: Chesapeake and Ohio (search)
Reporting Marks: C&O 4801 (search)
Train Symbol: #725 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: TH&B Waterford Sub. (search)
City/Town: Brantford (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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14 Comments
  1. Wow!

  2. That is spectacular! I wonder what happened to that passenger car on the opposite side of the station?

  3. Awesome! Really makes me wish I had been born earlier, guess I’ll settle with SOR running down the Burford :)

  4. Yeah, Joe……if you were born earlier you could have now been laying around waiting for your pension to come. :o ) Thanks guys for appreciative comments.

  5. And to think I coud see this from my house if it was today!! Thanks for posting this, Arnold :D

  6. What were those two ‘nose’ marker lights for with respect to Chessie System and US operating rules? Curious.

  7. The marker lights were standard equipment on EMD/GMD, ALCO, GE engines until recently. (and there’s a subject you could do a mini-study on). In Canada, you had the earlier UCOR book later replaced by the CROR rulebook. In the US you had/or still have the GCOR rulebook. Both rulebooks called for markers to be displayed, either white for Extra trains or Red as tailend markers ( such as pushers). However many US roads simply waived the requirement to use markers.
    NYC/PC in Canada did that.
    In Arnold’s photo (looking very much like mine from that era) the markers are white to designate Extra B&O 4801 West, and as well, the white flags are installed.
    C&O in Ontario, on their own trackage, did use markers; they also used them stateside.
    Green was also a colour utilized in Canada, both for freights and passengers, to designate Sections (2 or more) of the same train number on each subdivision. Thats why you see the tri-lights on such London-built locos as CN GP38-2/-2W, and the now-retired M420W and GO Transit GP40-2W.
    Hope that explains it.

  8. Thanks. I presume they could hold multiple colours perhaps there were a few lenses in the nose of 4801?

    As opposed to Canadian units which seemed to have a distinct three light system, with one per colour on each side of the numberboard.

  9. So sad the tracks are no longer. Hope the station is preserved.

  10. An example of Mr. mercer’s green flag comment, circa 1979 the VIA Canadian operating as First #122 at Washago
    http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=13389

  11. Looks like as of last year it’s empty and looking rough again.

  12. Went by yesterday and it looks rough.I can remember going to a TH&B meeting and having dinner downstairs when it was a restaurant

  13. @bruce There was a basement in that station? @A.W. Mooney CP was power short then as well right? Otherwise they could have provided.

  14. This was still before CP took complete control and the TH&B roster was so limited Chessies were leased to cover this new Nanticoke run. TH&B only had 16 units all told on their roster at this time.

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