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Hurricane Agnes was a very rare storm that came inland and caused major destruction to upper New York State with major flooding. It washed out most of the Erie-Lackawanna which ultimately caused its bankruptcy. Due to the storm E-L rerouted its trains through Southern Ontario most notably over the TH&B and the CNR. Here we see a detouring E-L train lead by a pair of GE U25B's up front (2501 and 2505, with C424 2412 trailing) heading through Bayview Junction, eastbound on CN's Oakville Sub.  Douglas Page photo, Collection of Tony Desantis.
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Caption: Hurricane Agnes was a very rare storm that came inland and caused major destruction to upper New York State with major flooding. It washed out most of the Erie-Lackawanna which ultimately caused its bankruptcy. Due to the storm E-L rerouted its trains through Southern Ontario most notably over the TH&B and the CNR. Here we see a detouring E-L train lead by a pair of GE U25B's up front (2501 and 2505, with C424 2412 trailing) heading through Bayview Junction, eastbound on CN's Oakville Sub.

Douglas Page photo, Collection of Tony Desantis.

Photographer:
Douglas Page photo, Collection of Tony Desantis [1] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/27/1972 (search)
Railway: Erie Lackawanna (search)
Reporting Marks: EL 2501, EL 2505, EL 2412 (search)
Train Symbol: EL detour (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Bayview Junction - CN Oakville Sub (search)
City/Town: Burlington (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. Correct. They detoured via Montreal.

  2. See Greg McDonnell’s U25B article in the September 1982 issue of Trains for additional information on the EL detours.

  3. Not being too familiar with EL operations (before my time) I reference this system map:

    http://www.erielackhs.org/images/stories/el/EL_sys_map_l.gif

    And I would hazard a guess this is rerouted Chicago to New York traffic sent around the long way via Montreal. Would this be correct?

  4. So I’m curious – how did these trains route through Ontario? Anyone know?

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