to the Canada Southern Railway - Hope you enjoy your journey.
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.
years of this once great line definitely was under the New York
Central oval. However, the long slow decline started to accelerate in the 1960s 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.
Currently, 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. The line from Windsor to Fargo saw it's last train on May
17th, 2011. Track
between Fargo and Essex started to be removed on November 15, 2012.
Very little remains of the Canada Southern and little that is left
is barely used. Even
now unused Niagara River bridge may come down in the future.
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
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 26.8
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 addition to website was on January 29, 2020.
TO BOTH NEW AND FREQUENT VISITORS
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.
major issue that continually comes up with some of the folks supplying
photos is some items have been appearing on other websites without
permission. The problem primarily deals with photos, but maps and
documents have also been copied and posted on other websites, forums
and email groups. I've spent countless hours scanning and cleaning
material to make them presentable on this site. 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 ( NOTE: direct links to pages on
this site are fine as you are not actually copying the material -
this includes posting to sites like Facebook and Flickr ). As a
result of copying, I now
have a number of valuable sources 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 other sites as their own have blocked
inclusion of additional high quality material. If you have posted
material onto another website or web forum - PLEASE
Also be warned that I have come across copies of images that
originated from this site that are now being used as links to sites that contain viruses. Now,
people are copying photos and submitting them to print magazines
without obtaining permission from the owners of the material.
This is simply not acceptable and if it continues, may result in
the website being completely taken down FOREVER as the people supplying
the photos may terminate their agreement with me to use their photos.
Not sure WHY some people think it's acceptable to simply take
other people work and sell it to a magazine for profit. Photos have digital and visual watermarks.
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. Unfortunately, the cost of
hosting the site and obtaining the various materials found on the site
( photos, timetables, documents, etc. ) is not getting any cheaper and
donations of any new materials is near 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 new material.
If you have
documents, photos, or other New York Central / Michigan 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
either providing scans of the material or lending them to me to be included and shared for all to learn from
and enjoy. Please email me at email@example.com if you have any such materials that may be
included in the site.
the CASO of days gone by in 1:87th Scale - CASO FREE-MO
of my non CASO/NYC photos
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
Photos and other
on this site have been kindly provided by the following people: Jeff
Bird, Bob Bowes, Larry Broadbent, Richard Burg, Gary Crowther, Mark Deutscher, Walter Daugherty, Dan
Engstrom, Julian Erceg, David Ferris, John Friedmann, Marc Hammond, Jeff Hands, Dylan Harris, Al Howlett, James Hurley, Mark
Hymers, Ken Jones, Randy Largent, John C. La Rue, Jr., Malcolm Laughlin, Paul Laurence,
Bryce Lee, Gerry
Lee, Dr. Richard Leonard, Keven
Lewis, Terry Link, Keith MacCauley, John Martin, Michael and Kathy
McIlwaine, Andre Menard, Gus Milazzo, David Miller, Terry Morris,
Monroe Murphy, Eric Neubauer, William Orchard, Mark Palcso, Richard Palmer, Jim Parker, Al Paterson,
Terry Pond, Helmut Ostermann, Carl Riff, Myles Roach, Eric
Roth, John Scheffel,
Sirman, John Spring, Rob Sterne, Richard L. Stoving (Edward L.May collection),
John Taubeneck, Art Taylor,
Adiran Telizyn, Chip Walker, Jim Walton, Robert Wasko, Bob Webber, Jay Williams
, James Yaworsky and Tim Zukas.
provided by Keith Sirman are available for purchase at various train shows.
provided by Richard Stoving can be purchased from him.
Contact him for details.
provided by Jay Williams can be purchased from him.
Contact him for details.
provided by Helmut Ostermann are available for purchase from him at
various shows in Southern Ontario. Phone 519-884-7058
provided by Richard Burg can be purchased from him. Cinderandeight@aol.com
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.
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
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