Saturday, April 6, 2024

Kingston & Pembroke Stations

Even though there's a comprehensive Kingston & Pembroke (K&P) website, the stations (later CP) in Frontenac County have rarely been shown in sequence. In this final post in this four-post series, pictured south to north are: Kingston, Glenvale, Murvale, Harrowsmith, Sigsworth (flag stop), Hartington, Verona, Godfrey. Farther north were: Hinchinbrooke, Parham, Olden, Sharbot Lake, Oso, Clarendon, Mississippi and Snow Road. (Photos in this post posted to Facebook Vintage Kingston Group unless otherwise noted.)  

The K&P's first station in Kingston was at Place d'Armes and Ontario Street, shown as the Frontenac Lumber and Coal Co., with the original engine house is just visible at right (top photo - Queen's University Archives, Kingston Picture Collection, V23.6 IndB Frontenac Lumber). The building was dismantled in 1924.

The much better-known K&P station that still stands is across Ontario Street from City Hall. (Queen's University Archives, Hazelgrove Slide Collection, V020-5-534) shown on April 8, 1962:


Murvale in October, 1970  (Queen's University Archives, George Lilley Fonds, V25.5-39-108)
Darcy Laframboise finds some interesting items at Murvale with a metal detector. 
Harrowsmith, 1960 

Hartington, 1948 (Queen's University Archives, George Lilley Aerial Photographs, V25.6-1-6-35)
Note that the nation track has been stub-ended, with a plank required to reach the main track from the station wooden platform. Before a station was built at Hartington, Sigsworth flag-stop on the Petworth Road was a grain-shipping point for the area as early as 1887.

Verona in October, 1970 (Queen's University Archives, George Lilley Fonds, V25.5-39-109)
Verona, 1910 
George Lilley took several angles during his visit, some artistic.

Godfrey, undated 

Running extra...
Every other news story this weekend seems to be eclipsed by....well, the eclipse. Since we're on the path of totality here in Kingston, the city has predicted up to 500,000 may visit to see what Kingston looks like in the dark. 
A terrible confluence of construction consternation coincided with dark humour this week as the LaSalle Causeway, courtesy of Public Services and Procurement Canada and its contractor, was rendered useless until repaired. Here's a retrospective look before the major support member under the counterweight was bent, pending counterweight removal and repair. 


Anonymous said...

Love your work! These pictures tell stories and crack a smile too! 😉

Eric said...

Glad to hear it, A. We can take railroading, railroad history and even model railroading seriously, though I certainly frown on taking myself too seriously!
Thanks for your comment,

Derek Redmond said...

Great series, Eric. Thanks for digging out the George Lilley station photos.

Eric said...

Thanks, Derek. Your description is just what happens with George Lilley's awesome photo negatives - so many to dig through! And one is never really sure what the negative shows until it becomes a positive, at home!