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There's a lot of classic action in this picture perfect shot: Canadian Pacific train #11, the Toronto-Sudbury leg of CP's "The Canadian", departs downtown Toronto northbound on the Galt Sub with FPA2 4083 and an 8570-series RS10 heading up the stainless steel consist (with two regular steel baggage cars on the head end). The "hockey mask" scheme RDC car by CP's Tecumseh Street Tower is probably on one of the Galt Sub runs that still operated at the time, likely an eastbound waiting for #11 to clear before being lined inbound to Union Station by Cabin D interlocking tower (visible behind the signals). In the background, CN S13 switchers and passenger cars can be seen around Bathurst Street bridge, along with a red and cream TTC PCC streetcar crossing the bridge northbound.

To the left, a mix of CN freight is visible including noodle logo 40' boxcars, and a flatcar loaded with brand new red farm equipment from the nearby Massey Ferguson manufacturing plants around Strachan Avenue. Behind them is the Quality Meat Packers slaughterhouse (once the Toronto Municipal Abbatoir), that operated into the late 2000's. Lots of smokestacks from industry and lighting towers for the sprawling rail yards downtown litter the skyline.

This shot was likely taken from the dirt mound at the south end of Parkdale Yard, which was used to divert runaway cars into, in order to prevent them from rolling downgrade into the downtown area.

Original photographer unknown (duplicate slide, possibly taken by John Freyseng), Dan Dell'Unto collection.
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Caption: There's a lot of classic action in this picture perfect shot: Canadian Pacific train #11, the Toronto-Sudbury leg of CP's "The Canadian", departs downtown Toronto northbound on the Galt Sub with FPA2 4083 and an 8570-series RS10 heading up the stainless steel consist (with two regular steel baggage cars on the head end). The "hockey mask" scheme RDC car by CP's Tecumseh Street Tower is probably on one of the Galt Sub runs that still operated at the time, likely an eastbound waiting for #11 to clear before being lined inbound to Union Station by Cabin D interlocking tower (visible behind the signals). In the background, CN S13 switchers and passenger cars can be seen around Bathurst Street bridge, along with a red and cream TTC PCC streetcar crossing the bridge northbound.

To the left, a mix of CN freight is visible including noodle logo 40' boxcars, and a flatcar loaded with brand new red farm equipment from the nearby Massey Ferguson manufacturing plants around Strachan Avenue. Behind them is the Quality Meat Packers slaughterhouse (once the Toronto Municipal Abbatoir), that operated into the late 2000's. Lots of smokestacks from industry and lighting towers for the sprawling rail yards downtown litter the skyline.

This shot was likely taken from the dirt mound at the south end of Parkdale Yard, which was used to divert runaway cars into, in order to prevent them from rolling downgrade into the downtown area.

Original photographer unknown (duplicate slide, possibly taken by John Freyseng), Dan Dell'Unto collection.

Photographer:
Unknown, Dan Dell'Unto collection [390] (more) (contact)
Date: 1968 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 4083, 857x (search)
Train Symbol: CP 11 - "The Canadian" (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Tecumseh Street Tower - CP Galt Sub (search)
City/Town: Toronto (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. First Gen MLW power at it’s best !

  2. In 67-68, the Agincourt employee shop train added a second unit for the afternoon run when the day shift was heading home. That unit deadheaded up to Agincourt via the Don Branch, was coupled to the ‘all-day’ unit, and made one run across the North Toronto to Lambton, where it was uncoupled and deadheaded back to John St. I’d speculate that this shot shows the deadhead run as it passes Tecumseh St. Very unlikely that this was a revenue passenger time given the time of day and the schedules of that year.

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