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Windsor must have been quite the location, "back in the day". At one time, CN and N&W operated their own car ferry operations just west of this engine service facility, next to the station and yard. CP also had a car ferry, in addition to the Detroit River Tunnel operated by the Canada Southern and its successors.

Today, all is quiet as two Canadian-built F7A units wait to take their train eastward to St. Thomas and Fort Erie. At the time, two trains were scheduled in the timetable: No. 28 departing yard limits Tecumseh at 1500 (arriving St. Thomas at 1800; departing St. Thomas at 1815 and arriving Duff, the west end of Fort Erie yard, at 2115) and No. 90 departing at 0001 (arriving St. Thomas at 0300; departing 0315 and arriving Duff at 0615). Westbound trains operated as extras.

If I remember correctly, CN stopped ferrying cars across at Windsor in 1974 (diverting traffic to Sarnia) but Norfolk Southern's ferry operations only ending in 1994, after they were granted trackage rights through the Detroit River Tunnel and the tunnel was expanded to handle autoracks.
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Caption: Windsor must have been quite the location, "back in the day". At one time, CN and N&W operated their own car ferry operations just west of this engine service facility, next to the station and yard. CP also had a car ferry, in addition to the Detroit River Tunnel operated by the Canada Southern and its successors. Today, all is quiet as two Canadian-built F7A units wait to take their train eastward to St. Thomas and Fort Erie. At the time, two trains were scheduled in the timetable: No. 28 departing yard limits Tecumseh at 1500 (arriving St. Thomas at 1800; departing St. Thomas at 1815 and arriving Duff, the west end of Fort Erie yard, at 2115) and No. 90 departing at 0001 (arriving St. Thomas at 0300; departing 0315 and arriving Duff at 0615). Westbound trains operated as extras. If I remember correctly, CN stopped ferrying cars across at Windsor in 1974 (diverting traffic to Sarnia) but Norfolk Southern's ferry operations only ending in 1994, after they were granted trackage rights through the Detroit River Tunnel and the tunnel was expanded to handle autoracks.

Photographer:
John Eull collection [397] (more) (contact)
Date: 5/ 6/1977 (search)
Railway: Norfolk and Western (search)
Reporting Marks: NW 3660 (search)
Train Symbol: none (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Windsor (search)
City/Town: Windsor (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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