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Here's Train 19 about to leave the old Sydney station on Thursday, October 10, 1968.   Friends and I were returning from a successful trip chasing the Caribou in Newfoundland and had breakfast in Sydney following our overnight crossing on the M.V. William Carson.   The Ocean would depart at 7.45 a.m. and arrive in Montreal via Moncton and Edmundston, some 996 miles, at 8.30 Friday morning.  From June 22 through September 22 it had run on an hour longer schedule, as the Cabot, via Campbellton where CN added a 4-6-4 Green-series sleeper.  For the off-season, the consist east of Truro included a reserved coach, a 12-1 dormette, and a River-series 10-6.  At Truro, the through cars were added to the Halifax - Montreal Ocean that included a reserved seat coach, 12-1 dormette, Cape-series 2 bedroom, 2 compartment lounge, two Green-series cars, and an ex-Milwaukee Road 8 bedroom Skyview lounge.   Passage in a roomette with four meals en route would have been less than $38.50, approximately 275 2020 Canadian dollars.  RS-18 3845 (MLW 1959) leads RS-3 3024 and SGU 15417.  CN 3845 would become 'RSC-14' 1752 in the mid-1970s.   <br? The CN station would be demolished in the early 1970s and replaced by leased space in an Olands brewery warehouse.  Passenger service to Sydney ended on January 14, 1990, save for the Bras dOr tourist train.  Accordingly, this building has also been demolished in recent times.
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Caption: Here's Train 19 about to leave the old Sydney station on Thursday, October 10, 1968. Friends and I were returning from a successful trip chasing the Caribou in Newfoundland and had breakfast in Sydney following our overnight crossing on the M.V. William Carson.

The Ocean would depart at 7.45 a.m. and arrive in Montreal via Moncton and Edmundston, some 996 miles, at 8.30 Friday morning. From June 22 through September 22 it had run on an hour longer schedule, as the Cabot, via Campbellton where CN added a 4-6-4 Green-series sleeper. For the off-season, the consist east of Truro included a reserved coach, a 12-1 dormette, and a River-series 10-6. At Truro, the through cars were added to the Halifax - Montreal Ocean that included a reserved seat coach, 12-1 dormette, Cape-series 2 bedroom, 2 compartment lounge, two Green-series cars, and an ex-Milwaukee Road 8 bedroom Skyview lounge. Passage in a roomette with four meals en route would have been less than $38.50, approximately 275 2020 Canadian dollars.

RS-18 3845 (MLW 1959) leads RS-3 3024 and SGU 15417. CN 3845 would become 'RSC-14' 1752 in the mid-1970s.

Photographer:
Bill Linley [56] (more) (contact)
Date: 19/19/1968 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 3845 (search)
Train Symbol: 19 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Sydney (search)
City/Town: Sydney (search)
Province: Nova Scotia (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Thanks for this. It’s a pity I never went to Sydney when they had such a significant station. My only trip was on VIA’s Bras D’Or in 2004. At that time the “station” in Sydney was just a platform and a small covered – but not enclosed – waiting area.

  2. What a great capture Bill! A wonderful follow-up to chasing the Caribou.

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