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CANADA SOUTHERN RAILWAY

 

Welcome to the Canada Southern Railway - Hope you enjoy your journey.

 

Thanks to the many people who took the time to take photographs along the Canada Southern division of the New York Central over the years, we can offer this large selection of photos taking us back in time when the CASO was a vibrant fast paced railroad serving Southern Ontario. Through the years, very little of the equipment was lettered for the Canada Southern, instead, equipment was lettered for it's largest shareholder of the day. The Michigan Central, then the New York Central, which later on became Penn Central and finally passed onto Conrail.

The glory years of this once great line definitely was under the New York Central oval. However, the long slow decline started in 1960 when the NYC started to divert freight traffic south of Lake Erie and continued under Penn Central and Conrail control. Unfortunately for many of us, the end was clearly in sight when the line was sold to Canadian National and Canadian Pacific in 1985. We all knew that neither railroad wanted it or even had any real intent on continued usage, so it declined further into it's current state of near non-existence.

Now, in the year 2014, there is little left in operation. 2001 saw the removal of the last remaining branch from Comber to Leamington. At the end of 2001 saw the removal of the mainline through downtown Niagara Falls. In 2003 CN removed the trackage from E&O to St.Thomas. Effective March 28, 2006 at 23:59, the St. Thomas to Fargo section was Embargoed and the rail has since been removed and it's possible most of what remains may disappear as well. The line from Windsor to Fargo may be seeing it's last year of service as CN has moved traffic to Via's Chatham subdivision. Last train was on May 17th, 2011. Track between Fargo and Essex started to be removed on November 15, 2012. The Canada Southern is no longer one continuous line and what is left is barely used. Even the Niagara River bridge may come down in the near future.

Though originally this site dealt with the Canada Southern only, it has evolved into much more with tons of New York Central photos and reference material. Connecting railroads such as the London & Port Stanley, Toronto Hamilton & Buffalo, Pere Marquette/Chesapeake & Ohio/Chessie, Wabash, Essex Terminal are also represented. Look in the "Other Stuff" section for various items including New York Central accident reports, system public timetables, the employee magazine "Headlight" and the "Lines Magazine", fairly complete NYC freight and passenger car rosters, freight schedules and much more. There is currently over 20.5 gigabytes of timetables, maps, paper items and photos on the site and I'm adding more items as they become available and as time permits. If you have material that can be used on the site - please contact me.

 

LAST SITE UPDATE: JULY 1, 2014

 

NOTICE TO BOTH NEW AND FREQUENT VISITORS

The main reason this site exists is to form a repository for quality information so that you, the visitor, can explore and develop your knowledge of these fascinating railroads. Not every visitor to this site is already an expert on the Canada Southern, the Michigan Central, or the New York Central System. I have tried to organize a very broad range of information in a way that will be both accessible and immediately understandable to you, the visitor.

One major issue I've been running into lately is with some of the folks supplying photos as some items have been appearing on other websites without permission. The problem primarily deals with photos, but documents have also been copied and posted on other websites, forums and email groups. There is no problem with anyone downloading or printing material from the site for their own personal use, whether it be for historical or modelling purposes - but please DO NOT COPY OR REPOST stuff onto other websites without checking with me to see if the owner of the material will let you do so ( NOTE: direct links to pages on this site are fine as you are not actually copying the material ). I already have one valuable source for photos inform me that I can't use any new material that he may have because of this issue and some of this material is extremely rare and of excellent quality and would be a great addition to the site - but without permission - I will not be putting this material up, so the people who have been copying material from this site and posted it on our sites as their own have blocked the inclusion of additional high quality material. If you have posted material onto another website or web forum - PLEASE REMOVE IT. Also be warned that I have come across copies of images that originated from this site being used as links to sites that contain viruses.

For the frequent repeat visitor, it seems reasonable to assume you are returning over and over because you find this site both informative and useful to you. The information on the site allows you to delve ever deeper in to detailed aspects of operation and equipment. Whether you are just starting on your journey of discovery, or especially if you are a frequent visitor continuously using it to hone an already well-developed passion for these railroads, I am asking for your assistance.

If you have documents, photos, or other New York Central / Canada Southern related items that can be used on this site, please assist me in making this site a better one for all visitors, by sending them to me to be included and shared for all to learn from and enjoy. Please email me if you have any such materials that may be included in the site. Any comments or questions you may have concerning this site, the email address is caso1@canadasouthern.com. Please note that replies are made as time permits, which can mean a week or so, but I do reply to all eventually. If you do not receive a reply, please check your spam filters as my emails are frequently caught in various email filters.

I am constantly being told by a wide range of people that this site is seen as a valuable resource by the Canada Southern / New York Central historical and modelling communities. While this is very gratifying to me, unfortunately, the cost of adding material to this site has reached a point where I can no longer support it myself. Believe it or not, if I don't post an update at least once every couple of months - I start getting emails wanting to know why there are no updates and when can they expect new material or updates to existing material !! Unfortunately, the cost of obtaining the various materials found on the site ( photos, timetables, documents, etc. ) is not getting any cheaper and donations of these materials is nearly zero. Outside of a minimal number of donations of scanned and/or loaned material over the years - everything on this site has at one point been the result of something I purchased or have access to, such as photos, timetables or the documents used to create the rosters. So basically, no new material can be added if I don't have access to new material, whether that means someone sending documents ( or scans thereof ) or making a monetary donation to help purchase additional material.

One option considered is making this a pay site, however for the time being, the option I've decided to try out is to see if some of my out of pocket expenses in obtaining new material on the site can be covered by soliciting your support by making a donation. All monies donated will be used to cover the cost of obtaining materials used on the site. The greatest expense is the purchasing of the photos and timetables as well as NYC documents. Any donation of any size is greatly appreciated and will go to preserve the history of the Canada Southern, Michigan Central and the New York Central for everyone to access online. Actual cost of the web hosting is covered thanks to the generous support of a long time friend of the site. If you make a monetary donation - I would like to know what kind of material you would like to see added to the site. Some people like the timetables, others the Lines Magazines - so let me know what your interest is so I can direct your funds in that direction.

 

 

I am therefore requesting that if you are not in a position to help out by either sharing materials for use on the site, or making a donation to help defray the costs of maintaining and expanding the site, that you at least refrain from copying and reposting stuff on to other websites without permission, as this actually hurts the further development of this site if more of the photo suppliers decide to withdraw their support.

In short, if you can't help this site, at least don't hurt it.

Thanks to all of you who have either donated new material or made a monetary donation. All monetary donations are used to purchase additional materials for use on the site.

Terry.

 

I having two email discussion groups that may be of interest to some of you. The first one deals specifically with the Canada Southern. The second one deals with the New York Central in general. Some interesting conversations have been enjoyed by the members of these groups over the years. For information on how to subscribe to these lists, please click on the one that interests you:

 

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All photos on main pages are thumbnails. To view larger images of all photos, click on the photo. Use the back button on your browser to return to the previous screen.

Photos and other material on this site have been kindly provided by the following people: Jeff Bird, Bob Bowes, Larry Broadbent, Richard Burg, Gary Crowther, Dan Engstrom, David Ferris, Jeff Hands, Al Howlett, James Hurley, Mark Hymers, Ken Jones, Randy Largent, Malcolm Laughlin, Paul Laurence, Bryce Lee, Gerry Lee, Dr. Richard Leonard, Keven Lewis, Terry Link, John Martin, Michael and Kathy McIlwaine, Andre Menard, Gus Milazzo, David Miller, Terry Morris, Monroe Murphy, William Orchard, Mark Palcso, Jim Parker, Al Paterson, Terry Pond, Helmut Ostermann, Eric Roth, John Scheffel, CAPT Rex Settlemoir, WIlliam Sharpe, Keith Sirman, Rob Sterne, Richard L. Stoving (Edward L.May collection), Art Taylor, Adiran Telizyn, Jim Walton, Robert Wasko, Bob Webber, Jay Williams and James Yaworsky.

Photos provided by Keith Sirman are available for purchase at various train shows.

Photos provided by Richard Stoving can be purchased from him. Contact him for details.

Photos provided by Jay Williams can be purchased from him. Contact him for details.

Photos provided by Helmut Ostermann are available for purchase from him at various shows in Southern Ontario. Phone 519-884-7058

Photos provided by Richard Burg can be purchased from him. Cinderandeight@aol.com

 

 

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If you have any comments or questions concerning this site, please email me at caso1 @ canadasouthern.com. Also, if you have any photos or other New York Central/Canada Southern related items that can be used on this site, please email them to me as well. Please note that replies are made as time permits. Please do not expect an immediate reply.

Thanks for visiting,

Terry Link

 

All photos used with permission have appropriate credit given with each photo. All rights remain with their original owner, therefore DO NOT COPY THESE to other websites. Photos with no credit line are photos that I collected over the years from various places that have no credit attached to them, are in the public domain or are my own photos. If you find a photo that has no credit line and you legally hold title to the photo, please advise me providing proof of ownership. I can either add a credit line or remove the photo at your discretion. Contents of this site are for personal - non-commercial use only.

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