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Charles at Beeton, Ont. end-of-steel 1999.
Andrea Percy photo

Charles at Beeton, Ont. end-of-steel 1999. Andrea Percy photo

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Vandorf, CNR

No date. Al Paterson Collection, CRHA Archives, Fonds Paterson


  1. NEW PAGES: Railway Gauges in OntarioGTR Locomotives - R&LHS Bulletin #147 .
  2. NEW ARRIVALS: Carl Riff's Railway History Diaries more wrecks, TTC Hillcrest shops, Three Rivers Traction.
  3. IN THE WORKS: The Schomberg & Aurora Railway. The South Simcoe Junction Railway.
  4. UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Canadian RailA subject index is in preparation and has reached Issue #150. There are 500+ Issues altogether, so we have some way to go yet!
  5. ADDITIONS: Prototype Modelling Ontario 'Hall of Fame': Arrivals & Departures - the CPR at Owen Sound (Grey County)
  6. UPDATE: Simcoe County  - more images
  7. UPDATE: Postage Stamps: (Bulgaria, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Ecuador, Honduras, Hungary, Jamaica, Laos, Nicaragua, Romania, Russia, Tanzania, Turkey, Vietnam Republic).
  8. UPDATE: Toy Train Track Museum: H0/00 Gauge.  

Ian Wilson announces that Steam in Northern Ontario is being reprinted and that there will be a companion volume Steam Scenes of Northern Ontario.
For details, please go to What's New in Publications  

The Portage Railway  - An Illustrated History of the Huntsville & Lake of Bays Railway
Now on sale at the Credit Valley Railway Co. and other select locations
For more information, go to  What's New in Publications

Speed Graphics and Steam 1957
For more information and to order, go to What's New in Publications  Now available, but don't delay.

Rails to Goderich - Sold out at the distributor's (Credit Valley Railway Company). 

Bytown Railway Society Publications
Canadian Trackside Guide 2018 - see What's New in Publications for details

Hamilton's Other Railway (CRHA Book Award Winner 2002)
Yes, you can still get a copy!☺. Now going for $29.95 all-in!  Click here to order.

The Mailbag

"Myself and another train club member have been doing a project for 10 years in the state of Penna, we take all train related stuff and either repair it, clean it and put together train sets that are given to children at X-mas, thru several avenues such as the Toys for Tots program, Salvation Army and thru local areas. We provide new boxes and instruction sheets for each set. We have several retired men that work on this project with us to fix, clean and the hard work. We have assembled approx. 950 train sets up to this current year. We are always looking for any train stuff to use for this project. I can be contacted thru the email address: [please paste this address into your email program]"
(Greg Stewart May 29, 2018) 

Model Railway Project News and Updates

The Nottawasaga Model Railway Club is recreating the Meaford Subdivision CNR in HO Scale at the Bygone Days Heritage Village in Collingwood.  It is a compressed 47 by 14 foot layout of the Barrie to Meaford line.  The group was written up in an article in the Collingwood Connection of January 26, 2017.  Their website is: (Information courtesy David Vuckson)

Preservation Project News and Updates

The GTR Burlington Freeman (Ont.) station is an ongoing work of restoration in progress, and the Friends of the Freeman station are always on the look-out for volunteers to help the work along. For more information, go to The Friends of the Freeman Stationor email [please paste this address into your email program]. 

The Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre (Capreol, Ontario), which now attracts more than 10,000 visitors annually is asking for support and financial assistance from individuals, companies and organizations with particular reference to two ambitious projects: the restoration of T&NO STEAM LOCOMOTIVE 219 and the re-creation of CAPREOL’S “PADDY WAGON”. Please click here for more details about the Museum and these restoration projects. For a copy of the story of No. 219, please click here. To donate, please use this form.

The Searchmont Station Preservation & Historical Society is raising funds with the aim of restoring what is left of this station (on the CN Soo Subdivision [former Algoma Central Railway].) For more information, click here

For any questions, information or suggestions, please Contact Me.
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Site last updated August 5, 2018

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August 2018

The good work being done at the Burlington Junction (Freeman) station

The good work being done at the Burlington Junction (Freeman) station

T&NO # 219.

T&NO # 219.

Searchmont ACR Bill Linley photo 1985 PC

Searchmont ACR Bill Linley photo 1985 PC

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