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A few years ago I posted an image of C&O 4291 and 4173 rumbling thru Clifton Hill tourist area of the falls, but recently found this image which I consider a lot better. It was taken hand held, as I had to jump out of the car and 'grab' the shot; the train is just entering Clifton Hill and it is interesting to see all the tourists milling around and the traffic backed up. Some of the business signs are readable and the fact the Houdini tourist joint is so prominent in my opinion makes the picture. A lot has changed since this shot from 1980. Of course the railroad has left town and all that, but the Houdini "store" has left as well. Currently the location is occupied by "Ripley's Moving Theater". The industrial track enabled the local CP to service the cereal company a block or so over, Shreddies were made there.............. all gone.  Seeing how the tourist business has grown leaps and bounds and the area is packed with visitors from all around the world, one could only image what they would think if big noisy smelly grubby freight trains still interrupted their evenings. :o)
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Caption: A few years ago I posted an image of C&O 4291 and 4173 rumbling thru Clifton Hill tourist area of the falls, but recently found this image which I consider a lot better. It was taken hand held, as I had to jump out of the car and 'grab' the shot; the train is just entering Clifton Hill and it is interesting to see all the tourists milling around and the traffic backed up. Some of the business signs are readable and the fact the Houdini tourist joint is so prominent in my opinion makes the picture. A lot has changed since this shot from 1980. Of course the railroad has left town and all that, but the Houdini "store" has left as well. Currently the location is occupied by "Ripley's Moving Theater". The industrial track enabled the local CP to service the cereal company a block or so over, Shreddies were made there.............. all gone. Seeing how the tourist business has grown leaps and bounds and the area is packed with visitors from all around the world, one could only image what they would think if big noisy smelly grubby freight trains still interrupted their evenings. :o)

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [904] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/21/1980 (search)
Railway: Chesapeake and Ohio (search)
Reporting Marks: C&O 4291 (search)
Train Symbol: #321 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Clifton Hill (search)
City/Town: Niagara Falls (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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6 Comments
  1. Thanks, Paul. I drove thru here the other day and wondered how the railroad ever managed to exist running thru such a busy part of town.

  2. Fantastic shot! Guess I was too young to remember, as I didn’t recall the double tracks or the industrial track down. Regardless, love this picture!

  3. Nice Arnold.
    I will add I don’t think most people care much about trains unless they block their path (i.e. blocking a road) then they get angry and hate trains. I find it interesting that most people don’t pay attention to trains but they’ll pay attention to the people watching and photographing them :)

  4. Awesome image! Switching that industry must have pissed of a lot of people on Clifton Hill.

  5. Wasn’t Kraft Dinner also made at the cereal factory at one point?

  6. Nice Shot!

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