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It is late in the afternoon as #271, a Saratoga NY to London ON daily (counterpart 270) makes it's way over the steel trestle spanning the Welland River. This structure still exists, just to the east of the QEW at Montrose. It was once the Conrail Mainline, now reduced to the quiet and rarely photographed CP Montrose Spur. It is not an easy place to shoot here, foliage along the river's edge makes finding clearance difficult. On this day we see CP 6404 (formerly SOO, same number) and X-KCS 673 in white as second unit. The 673 was one of 7 purchased from Helm in Dec 1992 and sold to the Bridge Division of CP (D&H). Later on, when the STLH was absorbed back into the CP, it became CP 5418 in the standard red scheme.
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Caption: It is late in the afternoon as #271, a Saratoga NY to London ON daily (counterpart 270) makes it's way over the steel trestle spanning the Welland River. This structure still exists, just to the east of the QEW at Montrose. It was once the Conrail Mainline, now reduced to the quiet and rarely photographed CP Montrose Spur. It is not an easy place to shoot here, foliage along the river's edge makes finding clearance difficult. On this day we see CP 6404 (formerly SOO, same number) and X-KCS 673 in white as second unit. The 673 was one of 7 purchased from Helm in Dec 1992 and sold to the Bridge Division of CP (D&H). Later on, when the STLH was absorbed back into the CP, it became CP 5418 in the standard red scheme.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [966] (more) (contact)
Date: 06/21/1994 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 6404 (search)
Train Symbol: #271 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: STLH Hamilton Sub (search)
City/Town: NF (Montrose) (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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6 Comments
  1. This is great!

  2. CDN: Yes, this was the old route before trains crossed at the International Bridge as they do now. It was a strange time (to me) for watching the CP as they made that odd divisional setup, with SOO (Heavy Haul), STLH (St. Lawrence & Hudson)theoretical spin-offs of the CPR itself. In the end, nothing really changed, save forthe result the D&H ended up existing only on paper. It seemed that once CP purchased the D&H in 1990 they spent the rest of the decade trying to get rid of it. It took awhile.

  3. Wonderful to see the Return Of Mooney. A nice picture of a colourful era for CP locomotives. Did they follow this line on the way from Suspension Bridge to Welland?
    CP seemed to trying to link the SOO line to the D&H through Ontario. It made for interesting train watching over here on the CN Oakville Sub too.

  4. Nice! That’s one shot I always wanted to do.

  5. Drove past here Saturday and was trying to pinpoint a spot to shoot the bridge, doesn’t seem like there’s too many open ones anymore. The CP job seems to run Wednesday evenings these days.

  6. Great photo, love the Montrose swing bridge, wish I would have gotten a mainline train hear before they got rerouted but I can alway try and see the welland job 1 hear, great phito non the less:)

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