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.
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.
Local Rail Photos
CP Heritage Train – Canada 150
Not just a whistle, not just a train – https://vimeo.com/216862615.
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.
CP Holiday Train
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.