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The bridge tender has moved the swing bridge carrying Penn Central's Canada Division line (the CASO) into the open position to let a ship pass through the Welland Canal during December 1969, resulting in a brief pause in rail traffic. Increasing levels of ship traffic through the canal was one of the reasons that lead to the new canal alignment and construction of the Townline Tunnel, which opened a few years later and ran underneath the canal, eliminating the interruptions in mainline railway traffic for marine traffic.
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Caption: The bridge tender has moved the swing bridge carrying Penn Central's Canada Division line (the CASO) into the open position to let a ship pass through the Welland Canal during a visit in December 1969, resulting in a brief pause in rail traffic. Increasing levels of ship traffic through the canal was one of the reasons that lead to the new canal alignment and construction of the Townline Tunnel, which opened a few years later and ran underneath the canal, eliminating interruptions in mainline railway traffic for marine traffic. The PC mainline was also shifted south as part of the track alterations for the new canal and tunnel.

Photographer:
Bill Thomson [714] (more) (contact)
Date: December 1969 (search)
Railway: Penn Central (search)
Reporting Marks: Not Provided
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Welland - PC Canada Division (search)
City/Town: Welland (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. That ship was called KING NESTOR and was under Greek ownership. She was built in France in 1963 and was scrapped in Taiwan in 1987..

  2. The bridge still exists (but sadly rusted) and is used by Trillium to access VESUVIUS, which to my knowledge is very infrequent…

  3. 1963 to 1987 seems like an awfully short life for a freighter. I thought they worked those things forever.

  4. Salties don’t last very long…30 years is a good run, after that they are cut up…there are still some WWII vintage freshwater ships on the Great Lakes under the Lower Lakes Flag (Cuyahoga, Saginaw..)…but those working museums are few and far between

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