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Owen Sound CN station. So nice that it has been preserved, complete with a small section of rail; was home to the Marine & Rail museum last I knew. Once upon a time the line, which connected with the rest of the world at Palmerston, was alive with extensive grain shipping, as this Georgian Bay port, along with places like Midland and Port McNicoll, Collingwood, etc., handled considerable tonnage from the west. That is all gone now. Back when I took this photo, it was another 'end of line' branch station where the local switcher, in this case CN 4576, was kept when not in use.  However, the subdivision was lifted back in the mid-90s, bringing an abrupt end to the railroad scene in town.
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Caption: Owen Sound CN station. So nice that it has been preserved, complete with a small section of rail; was home to the Marine & Rail museum last I knew. Once upon a time the line, which connected with the rest of the world at Palmerston, was alive with extensive grain shipping, as this Georgian Bay port, along with places like Midland and Port McNicoll, Collingwood, etc., handled considerable tonnage from the west. That is all gone now. Back when I took this photo, it was another 'end of line' branch station where the local switcher, in this case CN 4576, was kept when not in use. However, the subdivision was lifted back in the mid-90s, bringing an abrupt end to the railroad scene in town.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [922] (more) (contact)
Date: 07/03/1976 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 4576 (search)
Train Symbol: nil (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CN Owen Sound Sub (search)
City/Town: Owen Sound (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. Neil: I feel bad now that all these years have passed and I failed to involve myself in what went on in many localities. But I am out on a day drive, looking for stations, and if I caught anything happening, it was a bonus. It was a fair run from St. Catharines up and around the area trying to find some stations that were very elusive. I wish I had had the time to take a few days and explore, but never did. Others in the know can tell you that both CP and CN in the 1970s were demolishing stations faster than us guys could get to them. So what days I could get away from work, I was scurrying around. If I could live my life over….oh what the heck, it probably would have turned out the same:o) So, no, I didn’t catch action up there. And didn’t have a portable scanner either; so seeing anything was by chance.

  2. Did you ever catch any railcar loads from the Russel Brothers plant? I see many of their tugs and small craft were loaded sideways on flatbed railcars.

  3. Another problem, Mr. Host; is the time and expense of getting to each of these localities, unless you lived close by. The whole day could be spent just tracking down one local, IF you had the connections back then; and if you didn’t find it, the whole day off from work is spent photographing one or two stations and that was it. For me, it was reward enough to see at least a couple of buildings that would not be there (in most cases) the next time passing thru.

  4. Good work Arnold – keep ‘em coming.

    It seems only a few people trundled up branchlines in the day – most focused on the mainline. Then again, if you look at what ran on the Mainline it was an attractive proposition

  5. Thanks, guys. For a couple of years back then I tried to go where everyone didn’t. Wish I had done more of it.

  6. Yet another rare branchline photo. Awesome.

  7. You’ve topped your last station photo.
    Black CN noodle GP9 with caboose, dandy. :-) But wait, the station has the CN noodle sign on it. A real memory from my younger days.
    An excellent picture Arnold.

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