Thursday, October 24, 2019

Riding the TTC, August 1965

Waiting for Subway, Eglinton
From the old slide boxes, here are several views of a typical Canadian family visiting Toronto on a summer vacation to see family and friends. Having driven to Toronto from Montreal, we are riding the Toronto Transit Commission system in August, 1965 to reach various parts of Toronto. These slides were taken by my Dad, L.C. Gagnon, and scanned by my brother, D.J. Gagnon. These are only lightly-edited and are purposely presented in their original slide format, each one captioned with my Dad's original caption information, in order.
Group heading south, Yonge Street
You'll see that being the youngest in the group, my role at 18 months on this trip was largely sitting, sleeping and eating. What did I know of Hogtown, the Queen City, the Centre of the Universe that I was experiencing? Not much. But looking back at these slides now, I marvel at my Dad's fine Instamatic (and flash-cube) photography and the transit technology and street life that was passing me by. The real Red Rockets, the real Woolworth's and fins on cars. Enjoy the ride, and Mind the Gap of over 50 intervening years!
Queen Street, PCC car

Humber Loop

PCC cars at Shops

Meeting another street car

Marjorie, Eric, Allison

New Toronto City Hall

Queen Street East, Old City Hall, Eaton's

Lunch at Woolworth's, Eric

Subway cars north on Yonge Street

Subway cars north on Yonge Street

Subway train and platform

Trolley Bus
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Don't you hate it when you have a nice fall foliage shot set up and a shiny, beautiful, blue, brand-new Kingston Express Novabus 1922 gets into the frame? Well, I don't:

What would a cab ride between Field and Calgary look like? In 1972!

Wrapping my boring brown HO scale Hanley Spur layout fascia with limestone-grey faux-wood wall stickers from Dollarama dollar store this week. Before (above) and after (below). Tastes like chicken? No, but looks like limestone!
Tastes Like Chicken is a great band-name, and they played at Raxx, hard by Mi 178 of CN's Kingston Sub along Gardiners Road last weekend. My all-time favourite band-name, posted on a utility pole near Aberdeen Street, where also last weekend 12.000 of Queen's University's closest friends clogged the street, was...The Cancer Bats! 

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Company Photographer Returns Yet Again, Once Again

Periodically, Trackside Treasure's company photographer sends some more captioned images from along the line. (Just type 'company photographer' in the search box at top left to see previous posts.) In this instalment, these are some random images from random railroads of random eras posted to the Railroad Images of Bygone Days Facebook group. Enjoy!

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Wow, these ad agencies really put a lot of thought into producing material that railfans can generally disapprove of. Check out VIA's style guide for its 'love the way' branding. Extensive!

Expensive! Elections. Monday is federal election day. Nobody is happier and prouder to be able to vote than these guys.
Our system of elections has been inherited, transplanted, revered by the respectful, envied by the disenfranchised, died for by the brave, oft-maligned, seldom-praised, much-heralded, time-honoured, easily-disregarded, but closely-held to hearts to which true patriot love has been commanded. To be inspired, take a walk in these woods through which moccasin feet, wagon wheels, steel rails and sneakered trails have trod, then vote!
The K&P Trail north of Bur Brook Road, formerly CP's Kingston Subdivision.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Autumn in Belleville, September 2019

The spousal program for the fall crafting open house in Shannonville means one thing...trainwatching. And what could be better than a beautiful fall day on a Saturday morning, normally chock full of CN freights and VIA trains? Well, VIA trains, anyway. On September 27, a quick scan of the Belleville CN yard revealed this cut of local cars (top photo) behind GMTX 2264. This leased unit, along with warhorse CN 4789, has been our local switcher for over a month. Just this week, it was replaced by CN 9524. Cars in the short train include covered hoppers for the roofing granule operation north of the yard, notably blue ex-Boston & Maine covered hoppers AEQX 3023-3000.
Over to Airport Parkway, and the level crossing to the former Belleville airport.The first VIA train was a four-car No 43 Eng 6414 at 0947 followed by another westbound at 1001, then at 1025, eastbound No 52/62 Eng 901 with five cars, 6417 mid-train and five more cars. These trains were moooving right along!
CN managed one paltry freight during what should be a free-wheeling Friday-following freight festival. This is CN No 149 at 1039, which used to run out of the Port of Montreal about four hours later, daily. I made use of the hog's-back profile east of Belleville to take several shots of the approaching intermodal:
Led by engines CN 2911-2811:
No bells at this crossing, so all that the visiting railfan hears is the creaking of the gate-lowering mechanism before the train's airhorns are heard:
Desperately trying to find some imaginative photography angles during the passage of this likely-two-mile-long juggernaut.
Vandals rock steady and and they spray often!
Taking the crossovers at about 40 mph. Tail-end:
I like to combine my interests together, thrashing out the best photos only, harvesting them and leaving the rest in a swath of their own. Along Airport Parkway, header-less (below). If the header was on, I'm sure it could clear out traffic in both lanes and cyclists on both shoulders! This road was recently repaved, the speed limit is down to 50 mph, and that makes legal train chasing a challenge. 
Looks like a light engine move. An interestingly inventive consist on VIA No 51 Eng 6402:
Love these wraps!
Taking the crossovers, we see VIA's only 'future-wrapped' Business Class car 3476 and two HEP2 coaches - 4102-4103. Pike-sized passenger train!
Another eastbound expressing itself - VIA No 40 Eng 6449 with five LRC cars including two Business Class cars at 1208, followed six minutes later by 6412, five LRC cars, one baggage and 'love the way' 913 bringing up the rear.
The sound of throbbing freight locomotives and the complete absence of clear signals on CN could only mean one thing...a plodding CP eastbound passing through Belleville and approaching the Mitchell Road crossing then Shannonville Road crossing. Let's test that Airport Parkway speed limit! Made it in time to the Hinchey Road crossing, just east of Shannonville Road, which is being crossed at 1222 by CP 9782-CP 8650:
Whistling for Hinchey Road:
A few cars of intermodal traffic on the head-end, followed by four auto racks, 10 paper boxcars, 20 covered hoppers and tank cars ten more paper boxcars then intermodal to the tail-end. Approaching the Highway 401 overpass:
Next stop - Smiths Falls!
I'd passed some clear signals westbound on CN and figured I'd miss a CN freight while trying to catch CP. A few minutes before rendez-vous time back at the crafting open house, I set up along Milltown Road, at the bridge over the Salmon River. With Lake Ontario levels down at least three feet from levels that exceeded even the 2017 high-water levels, the river was not flowing fast. A scant few minutes later, CN No 305 with engines 2568-2546-2533 heartily hove into view. I was tree-fuddled by the unexpectedly long locomotive consist:
But not underpass-fuddled, teeing up the back-of-camera display to capture the leader:
CN No 305 was laden with a plethora of uninteresting (to me) tank cars. The dearth of freights this morning bent but did not break my enthusiasm.This tagger, however, was BROKE:

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Excellent traVialogue for your reading pleasure - a mixed stainless steel/Renaissance trip aboard VIA's Ocean and written and nicely photographed by Tim Hayman. Just like being there! 

Leave it to...faithful reader Bill Staiger for finding this online auction item - an undated CPR children's menu. Sure makes me eager to pay those vintage prices! Better by a dam-site than today's.

This week's Associated Railroaders of Kingston October meeting double-headed a well-received presentation by Paul Hunter and me, on prototype and model views of VIA's F40 fleet. Watch for an upcoming Trackside Treasure post. Visitors Ron and Peter, from Revelation Video, all the way from Ohio, and on their way to steam in China, paid us a visit. I'll be devoting an hour (or two) to watching this Colo[u]rful Fall Harvest of Trains from 46 years ago! Being Revelation, I'm sure there will be at least four horsepower of the Alcopocalyse in there!