The CP Kingston Subdivision

You may not realize it, but the last section between Kingston and Tichborne, Ontario, of the old K&P line, called the CP Kingston Subdivision, lasted until October 10th, 1986. A way freight ran twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays) from Smiths Falls to Kingston and return. In later years it ran twice a month and return. Below is what we believe  is a list of trains that ran in the latter part of 1985 and in 1986 from Smiths Falls to Kingston, Ontario.

Date Engine #
11-26-1985 CP 1834
12-04-1985 CP 8782
12-13-1985 CP 4207
01-23-1986 CP 4221
02-13-1986 CP 4238
04-11-1986 CP 4230
04-16-1986 CP 1819
05-22-1986 CP 1816 ?
06-08-1986 CP 1824
07-04-1986 CP 4223
07-19-1986 CP 8780
08-02-1986 CP 4202
08-12-1986 CP 8797
09-08-1986 CP 1813
09-12-1986 CP 1819
10-10-1986 CP 1827

On April 1st and April 2nd, 1985, vehicles of the 1st Canadian Signal Regiment of Barriefield, Ontario were loaded onto flat cars of two Canadian Pacific Railway freight trains at Dalton Street, Kingston, Ontario. The vehicles were on their way to Wainright, Alberta to take part in a military exercise. The consist of each train was 56 flat cars, a van and two diesel locomotives. The trains followed the last existing part of the old K&P line on route to Tichborne, Ontario. At Tichborne, Ontario, the trains switched onto the Belleville Subdivision, CP’s main line, and continued on to Smiths Falls, Ontario.

Photographs document some of this journey. All the photographs were taken by Wilfrid MacDonald Coombe. His entire collection of 600 photographs, mostly of the K&P, has been donated to the Central Frontenac Railway Society in Sharbot Lake, Ontario by his nephew, Eldon Coombe. The photos are being digitized and eventually will be shared for all to see. Here are a few.

Dalton Street, photo courtesy of the Wilfrid Coombe Collection

Jacksons Mills, photo courtesy of the Wilfrid Coombe Collection

When the military exercise was over, on June 24th and June 25th, the two trains left Kingston, empty, returning to Smiths Falls. The following photos were taken June 25th, 1985. The engines are CP 8798 and CP 1816.

Glenvale, Ontario, Elginburg Road crossing – photo courtesy of the Wilfrid Coombe Collection

Harrowsmith at the CP-CN crossing. Photo courtesy of the Wilfrid Coombe Collection.

The train passes through Verona. Photo courtesy of the Wilfrid Coombe Collection

The train is waiting to switch onto the Belleville subdivision at Tichborne, Ontario, headed for Smiths Falls, Ontario.

Tichborne, Ontario – courtesy of the Wilfrid Coombe Collection

The train gets the light and switches onto the Belleville subdivision at Tichborne, Ontario. Next stop, MF (Smiths Falls).

The Belleville Subdivision – photo courtesy of the Wilfrid Coombe collection

Thanks Wilfrid!

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