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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 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 the little that is remaining is barely used.  Canadian Pacific still uses the Detroit River Tunnel as well as trackage from Attercliffe to Welland - Welland to Niagara Falls and Welland to Stevensville.  Even the now unused Niagara River bridge may come down in the 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 - over 35GB of files.




Relive the CASO of days gone by in 1:87th Scale - CASO FREE-MO

Some 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 previous screen.

Photos and other material on this site have been kindly provided by the following people: Frances Angelov, Jeff Bird, Bob Bowes, Larry Broadbent, Richard Burg, Mike Clements, 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, Todd Minsk, 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, CAPT Rex Settlemoir, WIlliam Sharpe, Keith 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.

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

If you have material that can be added to the site - please contact me   caso1 @ canadasouthern.com  ( remove the spaces )


Thanks for visiting,

Terry Link

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