Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
- Youtube video of excursions to Niagara Falls
- With UCRS Cape Race at Washago
- Bayview Junction rare mileage!
- Excursion photos posted by TRHA
- Smoke plume on Railpictures
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
An online listing of fantrips - steam, diesel, electric and transit - operated by the Upper Canada Railway Society out of Toronto is on Charles Cooper's Railway Pages in pdf form. It's issue 404 of June, 1983. There were over 60 UCRS steam fantrips, led by CN 6167 from 1960 - September 1964 and CN 6218 thereafter until 1971. (The UCRS also operated trips led by Temiskaming & Northern Ontario 137, not shown.)
The terms fantrip and excursion are used here interchangeably. Somewhat less professional was the term 'daisy-pickers' or 'day-trippers', signifying less rabid rail enthusiasts who enjoyed the ride just as much as the unique motive power. Baggage cars with power outlets for plug-in, bulky tape recorders and open doors, as well as open-window coaches allowed for sound recording, photography, and cinders-in-eyes, all fantrip staples. At pre-determined locations, the train would unload, back up then storm forward for a runpast. Well-intentioned car hosts or most-rabid railfans would yell "Form a photo line!" to corral the daisy-pickers. After backing up the train to the detraining spot, the passengers would reboard.
This combined list shows fantrips operated from Montreal and Toronto by year, date, locomotive, origin-route-destination, remarks. All fantrips are return trips unless otherwise indicated.