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 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 2013, 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
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
Niagara River bridge may come down in the near 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 19.1
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.
SITE UPDATE: OCTOBER
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, the visitor.
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
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.
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 email@example.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
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
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.
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
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
if you can't help this site, at least don't hurt it.
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.
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, Jeff
Hands, Al Howlett, James Hurley, Mark Hymers, Ken Jones, Randy
Largent, Malcolm Laughlin, Paul Laurence, Bryce Lee, Gerry
Lee, Dr. Richard Leonard, Terry
Link, John Martin, Michael and Kathy McIlwaine, Andre Menard, Gus
Milazzo, Terry Morris, Monroe Murphy, William Orchard, Mark Palcso,
Jim Parker, Al Paterson, Terry Pond, Helmut Ostermann, Eric
Roth, John Scheffel,
Sirman, Rob Sterne, Richard L. Stoving (Edward L.May collection),
Adiran Telizyn, Jim Walton, Bob Webber, Jay Williams and James Yaworsky.
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