Friday, November 26, 2021

Winnipeg map 1960, Spiral Tunnels diagram, ACR Baggage Car interior, CNR 86

Trains supplies two important historical hand-drawn images and an interesting car interior photo.

from: Trains and Travel, Railroad and Photo Annual, 1953

While 3/4 front views of locomotives are nice, interior rolling stock photographs are dandy for depicting the human experience of railroading and rail travel.

Photos by AC Kalmbach, himself, from: Trains and Travel, Railroad and Photo Annual, 1953

Somewhere I read that a surprising number of light steam locomotives operated from the beginning of the CNR (they generally originated from the CNR's predecessor railways) until near the end of steam in 1960. 

... Of course, these light locomotives would have been rebuilt a number of times. They continued in service because they were ideally suited to light-rail branch lines which had never been upgraded with heavier rail (or in some cases with significant crushed rock ballast, or tie plates) since their construction. 

Eventually, these branch lines died because of: the loss of freight and express business to trucking firms running on 'new free paved highways'; the end of Royal Mail contracts which had subsidized local passenger trains; or the growth of diesel locomotive rosters (including Budd cars) which allowed more efficient and economical servicing of the branch lines with diesel power.

After its appearance on the Westport Subdivision, which was abandoned in 1952 ...

The 86 was photographed by Don Wood heading south from Owen Sound as seen in August 1958 Trains.

Friday, November 19, 2021

1961 - Photos and Trading Partner Statistics

Here are: St Boniface stockyards, the Dinette, harvesters at CPR Winnipeg in 1887, the terminal elevators at Fort William.

Tables of our top trading partners1957-1960 are interesting to compare and contrast with today's situation.

... As you can guess, there are two big countries missing from both lists.

Here are a few images from the Canada, Official Handbook of 1961.

In the book, the dimensions of the photos are about 2 inches by 4 inches.

If you look at the Imports table at the bottom, you may see the effect of Canadians opting to buy the Volkswagen Beetle in increasing numbers.