RailFan Page

This page was created for those who are interested in watching and photographing trains (railfanning) . It’s a hobby enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Unfortunately, it’s also a hobby that sometimes stirs up some controversy. Remember the railroad Right of Way is private property, any time is train time and stay off the tracks.

This page tends to focus on railfanning in Eastern Ontario.

There are a few hot spots in Eastern Ontario. The Canadian Pacific Railroad (C.P.R.) mainline from Toronto to Montreal that opened in 1914 still runs through Eastern Ontario. A VIA line runs from Montreal to Toronto via Ottawa with several trains originating in Ottawa. The Canadian National (CN) mainline from Toronto to Montreal also runs through Eastern Ontario on what used to be Grand Trunk’s mainline. It also carries VIA traffic. A branch line from Ottawa to Arnprior still operates. Recently the Beachburg Subdivision (Beachburg Sub for short)  was torn up.

Local Rail News

All but gone.  The Beachburg Sub was part of the former Transcontinental Mainline. The Beachburg Sub connected Ottawa to Brent, Ontario. The Line began operating in 1915 as part of Canadian Northern Railway then later in 1923 it became Canadian National Railway (CNR). The Ottawa Central Railway began operating in 1998 to 2008 as a short-line maintaining local traffic to industries along the remaining line out of Walkley Yard in Ottawa.

Ottawa Carleton RR

Ottawa Central RR

November 3, 2008 CNR bought the short line and began running  local traffic. Traffic slowed down as industry along the line closed down or ramped down production. In April 2013 CN began removing rail in Pembroke working east. It reached Ottawa 2015.


The Wye – Fall 2014


The Wye – 2015


Local Rail Photos

Smiths Falls

Via train heading to Ottawa gets the green light.

Tie gang on the first track, Via on the second track and a way freight in the yard.

Interesting graffiti.


Ottawa bound Via train meets east bound freight train.


Intermodal pulls into Smith Falls for a crew change.


Something you don’t see every day, a van.


A Jordan Spreader/ditcher, model 4.150


Via with its Canada 150 colour scheme.

West bound freight waiting for the light.

Local freight locomotives – GP20C-ECO.

East bound oil train enters the yard.

Intermodal train arrives, tie gang on the left.

Freight train 9622 and Via train 903 arrive in yard.

CP 2266, lead engine with 8866 (ES44AC).

Via, coming from Ottawa with engine 911, enters the yard.

Hi-rail and CP2285 have a chat.

A couple of potash cars.

Yard engines get the green light to enter the Brockville sub.


Via train, engine 919, CP2266 meet.

Via heads to Brockville.

The big curve, the track on the far right is Via’s Brockville Sub.

Two yard engines, CP2266, CP2285.

Yard engines on the wye.

Hi-rail truck passes through the yard heading west.

Omya tank car.

MOW crane.

East bound manifest freight train, lead engine 8152, sporting a new paint job, enters the yard.

Tie only gondola.

An old box car far side of the yard.

Sersa gondala


Motorized switch.

The old CPR station.



Auto rack from Montreal.



Intermodal train with two AC4400 locomotives crossing the bridge at Merrickville. The train had a DPU engine in the middle.

CP Heritage Train – Canada 150

Not just a whistle, not just a train – https://vimeo.com/216862615.

Ottawa Railway Station.

An F-unit diesel locomotive CP 1401 (1958) leads the train, the second locomotive is also an  F-unit , CP 4107, the third locomotive, a B-series,  CP1900 and last but not least another F-unit diesel locomotive, CP 4106.

New meets old.

One of the F- Series locomotives.

Other Photos


Rare catch – old port of Montreal


Old port of Montreal.


CP Holiday Train


The holiday train pulls into Smith Falls.



Use of my photos or the narrative in a responsible manner is granted. Just give me credit for the work please. I retain all rights to publish. Gene Kirkham.

2 Responses to RailFan Page

  1. chris says:

    do u have a train info for CP At Smiths Falls

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