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Alas, the old diesel facilities at Hamilton's TH&B Chatham St are but a distant memory, but it gave us guys some great times while it lasted. Here's a shot of some power laying over near the shop. TH&B 58 and 54. Middle: CP 4222, 4246, 4228 and 4234; and TH&B 57 on the right. So long as you were well behaved and asked permission, there was no fear of being scurried off the property for trespassing, either.
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Caption: Alas, the old diesel facilities at Hamilton's TH&B Chatham St are but a distant memory, but it gave us guys some great times while it lasted. Here's a shot of some power laying over near the shop. TH&B 58 and 54. Middle: CP 4222, 4246, 4228 and 4234; and TH&B 57 on the right. So long as you were well behaved and asked permission, there was no fear of being scurried off the property for trespassing, either.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [965] (more) (contact)
Date: 03/30/1986 (search)
Railway: Toronto Hamilton and Buffalo (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 4222 (search)
Train Symbol: n/a (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Chatham St TH&B shop (search)
City/Town: Hamilton (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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9 Comments
  1. Great story. It is such a shame that incidents like that are so far and few between these days. The “young set” really have no idea what they have missed. It wasn’t the fact we could wander often at will, but the feeling of friendless that enveloped us. Its gone.

  2. Fellas, I’ll tell you a story of how friendly the employees were here back in ’86: I asked for permission to take some photos, and as so many times before the answer was “sure go ahead- just be careful and don’t get hurt”. I was standing near where this lovely photo of Mr. Mooney’s was taken, and saw something on the track- it was a MLW reverser handle laying in the ballast. As the employees were so friendly, I went over to one of them to show them what I found and return it to them. They said “that locomotive was gone from here a long time ago- keep it a souvenir kid”. I was 16 years old then. 30 years later- I still have it and the fond memories of Chatham street to go with it. Amazing!!

  3. Oh my. Very nice, Arnold!

  4. For me it’s also somewhat nostalgic, of what I missed when I was a kid! It was in my backyard and I had no idea..

    Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Thanks for comments, guys. For me this shot is very nostalgic.

  6. Beautiful.

  7. Fabulous material as per usual, Arnold. Living in Hamilton and attending McMaster, Chatham Street and Aberdeen (more so) were easy commuting detours. Wish I had done so more often! Agreed, no harassment to be had, especially on the weekend when there was no one around:). Can’t imagine walking on to an active turntable bridge today!

  8. Why isn’t this hanging off any wall Mr. Mooney? This would be perfect.

  9. Why isn’t this one hanging on your living room wall? Beautiful!

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