Saturday, June 16, 2018

Treasure of June Sale!

Check out these unique items! 
A useful and diverse group of books, periodicals, manuals, photos and collectibles that are surplus to my collection. The items in in each photo are being sold as a lot. I can't break up lots - these items have to go! Shipping will be actual Canada Post postage. The first email indicating interest  in each lot to mile179kingstonATyahooDOTca makes the item yours! I can now accept Interac e-transfer as well as cheque or money order! Please refer to each lot by the LOT# in your email. Happy shopping! Click each photo for a better view. Items already sold are marked: ****SOLD****

****SOLD****LOT 1 (top photo): Morning Sun Books Canadian Pacific Facilities Volume 1 and Prairie Cinders by Lawrence Stuckey $37.
LOT 2 (below):Three unique paperbacks! All Aboard - Railways of Nova Scotia published 1972, Canadian Locomotive Co. 1955 CPA-16a and CPB-16b operator's manual and Iron Roads- Cape Breton Railway published 1974 $20.
****SOLD****LOT 3: Passenger Train Periodicals: Passenger Train Journal December 1977 Super Continental Diary article, Model Railroader May 1982 Modeling VIA, Branchline Nov-Dec/2017 VIA VMC $7.
LOT 4: Plastic car-slide numbers and VIA piggybank $17:

LOT 5 (above and below): CN Wyoming, ON steam-era Train Register Sep-Oct 1940 $23:
 LOT 6: CP Rail 100th anniversary historic timeline and annual report 1980-81 $5:
Photo prints ideal for prototype fans, modellers and collectors alike. Prints are 4x6 inches with a few 5x7's. Quantity shown for each lot is a minimum -  many lots have more photos than indicated. Occasional duplication not counted in quantity. 
The photos are in 8 lots with sample prints (above and below) with quantity and price:
LOT 7 CN locomotives (40) $12
LOT 8 CP locomotives (20) $6
LOT 9 Shortline and US locomotives (60) $18
****SOLD****LOT 10 Passenger and CP service cars (20) $6
****SOLD****LOT 11 CP Rolling stock and detail (20) $6
LOT 12 Misc. Rolling stock (20) $6
LOT 13 CN Rolling stock (30) $9
LOT 14 Preserved rolling stock, structures and detail (50) $15
Thanks for checking out my Treasure of June Sale! I trust you found some books to ballast your bookshelf, photos to phan your enthusiasm and trinkets for your train room.

Running extra...
It's a very busy time here at Trackside Treasure. Preparations are being made for:
  • Tenth Anniversary Celebration. Where have the years gone?
  • Canada Day festivities. Now with a 25% tariff!
  • Front-patio layout. You asked, I constructed!
  • Shipping out copies of Trains & Grains across North America. This week's departures to Lethbridge, Calgary, Winnipeg, Washington state and Carstairs!

Friday, June 8, 2018

First Visit to Portage, July 1976

It was July, 1976. It was Portage la Prairie, MB. We'd just arrived from the east and this was a whole new world of trains to be explored. As my Dad and I headed down to the CN and CP stations to find two SD40-2W's idling on the team track:
CN caboose 79610 accompanied the two units. They idled their for 4 days! All these photos, taken in 'retro' 126-format black & white print film, lead off Volume 1 - Trackside Observations in Manitoba 1976-1986. The first of nearly 10 years of visits, this visit was memorable due to its novelty, despite its brevity. Try to find railfan photos of Portage in 1976. Well, you can find them here on Trackside Treasure (see sidebar at right for more Portage posts), and in Volume 1. Nearly 10 years ago, I planned to scan and share these photos on my blog. Who knew they'd appear in print? Over 700 of them in the two volumes. Back to those idling units...
Also on the team track was this CN tamper, with Portage Pool 'B; elevator in the background on a sunny Portage morning:
The introduction to my Trains & Grains books begins this way...
My first memories of being trackside on the Prairies were made on a sunlit evening trackside in Portage, during that 'golden hour'. The last of the day's sunrays glinted off CNWX-lettered Government of Canada aluminum covered hoppers, not far from the towering shadows of Portage's elevators. The nearness and number of freight trains on CN and CP made a huge impression on me. 
New CNWX silver and yellow aluminum covered hoppers with some of their first loads. In Portage yard, July 4:
CN 1074-1068 in the yard with a westbound, as an eastbound train's caboose enters the yard at left. 1905 July 4.
CN 5144 leads 116 cars westward solo past the tamper, with CP's station in between them. My Dad's frugal compositional talent for including as many subjects as possible in one photo! The crew gets its orders from the Portage operator at 1500 on July 5:
Tailend crew on CN 79585 also receive orders:
CN 9524-9629-5274-5148 led this eastbound, whose tailend crew on CN 79243 are both out to get the orders. CN boxcar 440551 is on the adjacent mainline. July 4 at 2000:
Orders for CP, too. The operator has just had the hoop snagged out of his hand! CP 437140 leads 434445 past the CP station at 1934 on July 4:
Slabside and cylindrical covered hoppers being loaded at Portage's United Grain Growers elevator just west of the CN station. A ballast train backs toward the yard, at right:
CN boxcars being loaded, wooden grain doors and all, at Portage Pool 'B' as a CN boxcar and gondola repose on the team track:
CP 6569 cab-end view. Responsible for switching local industries once or twice a day, this switcher was a constant sight at Portage. Idling in front of the CP station. It spent its nights in the wooded copse across from the station. 
CP 5633-5756 head east with grain loads for Thunder Bay at 1432, July 6. Those are CP's speeder sheds. Note the looming Portage Pool 'C' which later burned down, just to the right of the cab:
Orders for crew are hooped up to van CP 434359 from the CP operator. Note the train order signal at left:
Four elevators are visible as CN 9420-9566 head east with seven CN ballast hoppers and caboose 79650, approaching the CN station from the west on July 5:
Eastbound CP freight in the yard, tailed by van CP 434507 at  1440 on July 6. Tail end crewman was out for a pull-by:
Even today, these photos remind me of the scintillating, sunlit sizzle of Portage railfanning at its zenith.

Running extra...

Summer is essentially upon us. That means it's time to complain about the heat, the humidity, the bugs and construction. And politicians, especially in the wake of a provincial election. The Liberals did not win, we didn't go down the Horwath path, and we're test-driving a Ford. And we all know what the FORD logo stands for...Fix Or Repair Daily!

We're approaching Trackside Treasure's tenth anniversary. Now, how to mark that?

We're marking the two-week anniversary of grandparenthood...with a first road trip for the little armful and his parents to visit the homestead, celebrate with ribs, potato salad, cole slaw and tabouli. And a realization that that Gold Peak iced tea tastes about the same as the no-name brand! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Trains & Grains - Two New Volumes Now Available!

***TO ORDER - please visit my Trains & Grains book blog
I'm proud to announce the completion of a two-volume set: Trains and Grains. Originally intended to fill only one book, the copious content rapidly overflowed the covers, necessitating two volumes! The two volumes complement each other but there is no overlap of content. Volume 1- Trackside Observations in Manitoba 1976-1986, includes photos, data and text showcasing the observations I made on several trips to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. With Portage being one of the busiest railfanning locations in Canada, there was much CN, CP and of course VIA to observe! Table of contents:
I was proud to include contributions from three experts in the field. Portage modeller Randy O'Brien contributed a fine foreword, while CN engineer Mark Perry shared an interesting article on what it was like to switch grain cars at elevators on the Prairies. Station expert and author Charles W. Bohi contributed an in-depth article on the nexus between trains, stations and the towns they served.  A sample page of observations, listed by date, time, locomotives, cabooses and cars, with accompanying photos. Most of the Volume 1's 450+ photos are black & white.
Interesting freight cars observed and photographed, changes to the grain industry and the railways' involvement over the decades are included. Rosters and information on government cylindrical grain cars plus CN and CP grain boxcars add depth and context to my observations, as does a concise locomotive roster.
At 104 pages, with 70+ colour photos and colour covers, this perfect-bound book will be at home on the bookshelf of any railfan or modeller interested in just what was rolling on the Prairies only a few decades ago. There are eight colour pages showing some of the most colourful scenes, meets, locomotives and rolling stock. 
The second volume Grain Elevators in Manitoba and Saskatchewan 1976-1986 covers grain elevators that were railway-served in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. I made a special effort to document the grain elevators that were in use during my visits. At the time, concrete elevators were literally on the horizon, with the brightly-decorated and proudly-owned wooden elevators on borrowed time. For many of the elevators I photographed, time has run out, and regrettably they are no more. 
I was proud to feature contributions in this volume as well - a focused foreword from Winnipeg railfan and photographer Steve Boyko, as well as a second amazing article with accompanying photos from Charles W. Bohi, profiling his photography and many visits to document grain elevators in all three Prairie provinces. Table of contents: 
Most pages in this volume showcase the 250+ black & white photos two per page, although there are some pages with more. Articles on grain elevator construction and the sweeping changes to the Canadian grain-handling industry at the time give depth and context to my observations. Sample pages showing Portage-area elevators:
and an impromptu visit to the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool elevator in Stranraer, including in-service interior photos:
While Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and Manitoba Pool Elevators tin looks good enough in black and white, it really takes colour photos to showcase the glowing green and radiant red of the Cargill and Pioneer elevators, among others. Volume 2 also includes an eight-page colour section and colour covers, totalling 70+ colour photos:
Each book is priced at $35, which also includes shipping anywhere in Canada. Payment can be made by cheque, money order or Interac e-transfer. I trust you'll find these books not only full of interesting photos of a bygone era, but with enough supporting data and text to really feel what it was like to be trackside, and in the shadow of these towering titans, over thirty years ago. And a good value for the price. For full ordering information:

Fellow Kingston railfan Paul Hunter picked up his copies already. First stop? Kingston Mills locks on the Rideau Waterway. New chair? Check! Scanner? Check! Coffee? Check! VIA40 P42 on the bridge and Trains & Grains boks in foreground? Check times three! Thanks, Paul!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Now Arriving...Almost

It's been a busy season here. An evening along Kingston's Bath Road revealed signs of the changing season (top photo). All while westbound VIA 6416 appeared in these video captures, including selective colour:
Lounging lakeside, the Goose family welcomed its new arrivals along calm Collins Bay:
Having found this carriage house at 172 West Street during a spring stroll through Sydenham Ward, I'm committed to making an HO scale rendition of it. Fun fact - this building was located just beyond the Frontenac County Courthouse compound walls! So this project may be arriving soon, too. Check out the mix of limestone, brick, bric-a-brac, doors, windows and details:
But the really big news is the impending arrival of my Trains & Grains books. They're being printed now. Order forms, invoices, blog posts and whatever other announcements I'll need are in process and pretty well ready. Now I wait, with that familiar feeling of being an expectant father, waiting to share my 'bouncing baby books' with the world. Or at least ten people in the world. Colour page proof photos from Trains, the other from Grains. You'll know which is which:

But the most important arrival of all has already happened.
James Douglas Gagnon on May 24!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Postscript - Kingston Grain Elevator Ships

My previous post covered Kingston's waterfront grain elevator that was served by CN. But the raison d'etre for the elevator was lakers, and earlier, canallers. During our time in Kingston, the enlarging of the Seaway had led to the end of the canallers. But lakers were still prevalent. Straight-deckers, not self-unloaders. We lounged at a picnic table while Coverdale wintered 1969-1970 (L.C. Gagnon top photos). Ten years later, Hall Corporation's Vandoc was docked in the calm waters on the elevator's east side in November, 1979:
The west side was used for laid-up lakers, such as the Canada Steamship Lines former package freighter French River also photographed in November, 1979:

The following summer, Murray Bay was being unloaded, with Helen McAllister tug at the bow in August, 1980. Fort Henry on the west side and another laker waiting to dock, visible just off the stern:
By 1982, as self-unloaders came on the scene and older, obolete boats like Hochelaga were rafted on the west side of the elevator, awaiting an uncertain future:
 Hochelaga in July, 1982 (above) along with Fort York and Fort Henry:

The plucky Troisdoc is seen docked closest to shore in July, 1982:
Two years later, as winter approached, Hochelaga, now flanked outward by CSL ships Nipigon Bay and T.R. McLagan, with the grey-hulled Metis closest to King Street:
In November, 1984 (left to right) Whitefish Bay, Hochelaga, Nipigon Bay, T R McLagan, with Metis closest to camera:
Note CN switch target designated track KN21 (above). Whitefish Bay is low in the water:

These photos were posted online, showing some unusual ships docked near the elevator. Two Royal Canadian Navy destroyer escorts, with DDE 265, HMCS Annapolis in foreground. We visited HMCS Ottawa docked here in 1970.
a wooden-hulled hulk on a barge:

Running extra...

When Harry Married Meghan. Windsor Castle was the scene of this this morning's wedding.
Up at 4:30 a.m., the coffee was perking and the scones were warming.

An evening of railfanning this past week saw me being treated royally by CN and VIA. Sixteen trains in four hours! CN No 518 ventured east from Belleville with 28 tie gons full of new ties. Safely stashed in Queens, the light power returned west within the hour.
Prairie Branch Line Rehabilitation gons among them (below). Within a few days, I hope to have copies of both Trains & Grains books in hand. They're currently being printed. Profiling the cars, branchlines and the grain elevators they served. How have the mighty fallen (the gons AND the elevators - glad I got there in time)!