|News From Canada|
NEWS FROM CANADA covers from east of the Manitoba/Ontario border to the
Atlantic Ocean, a very far-ranging geographic area. Canadian National (CN)
and Canadian Pacific (CPR) operate east from Windsor (CP/CN) and Sarnia
(CN), Ontario, one to terminate in Montreal, the other east to Halifax, in
Nova Scotia. VIA operates an intensive passenger service in the
Windsor-Sarnia to Quebec City corridor; there is a VIA rail passenger
route to the Gaspe and one to Halifax as well - these routes are operated
CN and privately owned regional lines. In addition VIA's Canadian
operates from Toronto's Union Station to Vancouver in British Columbia.
Amtrak operates regular service to Toronto, through the Fort Erie and
Montreal gateways as well to Vancouver, BC.
Both Montreal and Toronto have extensive local transit services and both
are served by large commuter rail services. Both cities operate
underground rail services, Montreal is unique with rubber-tyred trains.
Both CN and CP have lines going north from Toronto. CP hugs the shore of
the Great Lakes, specifically Lake Superior and then west to Winnipeg,
Manitoba. CN strikes out across miles of wilderness to Hornepayne and
Longlac and then also west to Winnipeg. Former CO operated lines run west
from North Bay and Sudbury to Sault Saint Marie, Ontario operated as the
Huron Central, part of the Genesee & Wyoming railway empire. The former
Algoma Central line operating north out of Sault Ste. Marie is now owned
by CN. Both CP (on the former Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway) and CN
also run lines through Hamilton and east to Fort Erie and then to Buffalo,
New York and the United States.
Within those boundaries, the tracks which feed the mainlines are in many
cases being leased or sold to other groups as short lines or being
abandoned. Notable short lines are Ontario Southland operating the Guelph
Junction Railway, Petro-Canada in Clarkson/Mississuaga Ontario and also on
formerly CP-operated line from Ingersoll, west of Woodstock Ontario
south to Tillsonburg to interchange with the St. Thomas & Eastern;
Trillium Railways operating the Port Colborne Harbour and St. Thomas &
Eastern lines in Ontario. Also RailAmerica has large holdings in Ontario,
and Nova Scotia. As noted above the G&W group also operates in Ontario.
The former Canada Southern/ CASO line from Welland to St. Thomas is now
removed, the former CN Cayuga Subdivision across Southern Ontario is
removed from Welland to Delhi, the remaining track to St. Thomas operated
as required by the ST&E. These lines other than
Goderich-Exeter/RailAmerica use older motive power predominantly ALCO/MLW
locomotives. Goderich-Exeter utilizes a clean pair of blue and white FP9A
units as well as older GP9 diesel locomotives in addition to GP38 and GP40
The monthly column varies with my views of railway news; some items which
appear in the Railpace Hotnews, other news makes its own way into the
column by other means. Colour slides of railway happenings in the area
covered by News in Canada are always welcome and should be sent directly
to editor-in-chief Tom Nemeth; as the contributing editor of News From
Canada I have no direct control over the captions nor the photos which
appear with the column.
Bryce Lee of Burlington, Ontario (firstname.lastname@example.org) did the column for
almost fifteen years; his last column was the March 2006 issue.
If you have any suggestions, please drop me a note.
Thank you for your continued support.
Jason Noe (email@example.com)
Contributing Editor, News From Canada