TR CANAL SPUR

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-CR & CP DAIN SPUR RUNNING RIGHTS:
MILE 4.8 TO JOHN DEER LEAD
EX-CN CAYUGA SUBDIVISION: FEEDER WEST TO DAIN | EX-NW & NS RUNNING RIGHTS
EX-CN WELLAND SUBDIVISION: DAIN TO MILE 7.8 | EX-CN CANAL SUBDIVISION

Present timetable listing for this line:

TR ~ CANAL SPUR
SEPTEMBER 19, 1999 - PRESENT

MILE
Feeder West
(Jct. with TR Cayuga Line)
0.0
Feeder South0.8
WH Yard1.5
Forks Jct.
(Jct. with TR Harbour Line)
2.2
Dain3.0
Tunnel Bridge4.2
West Welland
(Jct. with CP Welland Industrial Lead)
4.8
Steel7.7
Roland
(Jct. with TR Thorold Spur)
14.0

Traffic movement on this line:

     Rule 105 Territory - Not to exceed 15 mph on entire trackage.


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 0.0 (Feeder West) : Farr Road, Wainfleet : TR Feeder West is the beginning of the TR Canal Spur. It was once a Subdivision/Spur. These days at CN Feeder West it is the purpose of storing Trillium's locomotives and is the home of Trillium's operations. The main line a little west of CN Feeder West was removed and so was its' related interlocking signals.

     Mile 0.8 (Feeder South) : Feeder Road, Dain City : TR Feeder South is located east of TR Feeder West, on the TR Canal Spur. It is the Jct. of the connecting track to the TR Feeder Spur to the north. The connecting track is the normal flow of traffic, in and out of Dain City and Welland. During the day, you will see Trillium pass through here to and from Feeder yard. Usually between 7:20am and 9am and then around noon and the St. Catharines Job returns later in the afternoon.

     Mile 2.2 (Jct. TR Canal Spur) : West Side Road, Dain City : Trillium's Harbour Line leads off of the TR Canal Spur at this point.

Mile 3.0 (Dain) : St. Clair Drive, Dain City : This is Dain City. This is the location of where joint operations between CN and NS once had an Intermodal yard. It is now the property of M. J. Jones Trucking.

     Mile 4.2 (Tunnel Bridge) : Humberstone Road, Welland : CN Tunnel Bridge was once located at the south end of Welland, just north of the bridge overpass at Humberstone Road. These days, Trillium runs through here to head for St. Catharines and to service the odd industry still left in Welland.

     Mile 6.1 (Welland) : East Main Street, Welland : The CN Welland name sign used to be located approximately 200 feet south of East Main Street in downtown Welland on the east side of the tracks.

     Mile 14.0 (Thorold Jct.) : Bridge 10, Thorold : CN Thorold Jct. was once located at mile 14 where it once the connection to the CN Thorold Subdivision. The TR Canal Spur turns into the TR Thorold Spur, continuing north via the ex-CN Thorold Subdivision's mileage from mile 4.2ish to 7.6, at CN Merritton.

     This line once had a few trains a day in the 1980's, but I believe CN didn't ripped up the CN Canal Subdivision at that stage because of a possible route for trains, if a derailment happened on the CN Stamford Subdivision north of the Welland area.


Operations on this line:

     The TR Canal Spur runs between CN Feeder West on the TR Feeder Spur, passing through Dain City and then Welland, and then Thorold Jct. where Bridge 10 in Allanburg once stood.
The TR Canal Spur is only a recent name, since the construction of the Welland Canal bypass in the early 1970's.
     Originally the CN Canal Subdivision at that time, long before Trillium was ever in the picture, was the merging of the partial segment of the CN Cayuga Subdivision which ran between CN Feeder West and Dain City and the CN Welland Subdivision from Dain City, through the heart of Welland and up to about mile 8 where the line was built to the west and up the west side of the Welland Canal and connected in with the CN Thorold Subdivision at Thorold. The original Welland Subdivision from mile 8 crossed from Welland into Port Robinson where the Aqueduct waterway is south of Port Robinson (beside Biggar Road).
The original part of the CN Cayuga Subdivision and CN Welland Subdivision was built during the early to mid 1870's, by I the Great Western (if I am correct?).
     Because of the new location of the Welland Canal bypass, the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority as just mentioned, allowed CN to build a new part of the CN Canal Subdivision from approximately mile 8 (north of Hwy 406) to mile 14 (old bridge 10 at Allanburg) on the SLSA's land. When the new line was built, traffic for the first 8 or so years dropped considerably. It got to the point where there was only one train only every 8 hours. I think this was because CN put in a west leg of a wye at CN Clifton in Niagara Falls. After the beginning of the 1990's, traffic stopped flowing through Welland, except CN 334, in January of 1994, when the CN Southern yard accident occurred, and the old local Dain City Yard Job 567. After that, the CN Canal Subdivision was closed to traffic north of mile 9 (north of the Welland River).
     In August of 1997, CN Thorold Jct., at mile 14 of the TR Canal Spur was removed from service and pulled up. The west side of the Thorold Subdivision was connected directly to the CN Canal Spur.
     I would have to say the CN Canal Subdivision was the hottest place to watch trains 35 to 40 years ago.
     The Canal as stated, was closed to traffic north of mile 9 (Welland River) for the last during the early 1990's.
     For several years, only the Dain City CN yard switcher switched this line serving Gencorp (a rubber company) at mile 6.8, and Atlas Specialty Steels at mile 7.5 .
     In early 1998, I was told by a CN foreman, there was the possibility of trains being permanently re-routed away from the CN Port Robinson yard in Port Robinson on the CN Stamford Subdivision.
     These detoured trains would take the CN Stamford Subdivision as far west as CN Robbins and then the former CN Cayuga Subdivision west to CN Feeder, then take the connecting track to the TR Canal Spur and head east to Dain City on the TR Canal Spur, continuing up the same line through downtown Welland to CN Merritton at Mile 9.8 of the CN Grimsby Subdivision via the TR Thorold Spur. This never happened.
     On September 8, 1998, contracted crews from Stoney Creek, Ontario, were brought in to remove all the trackage between Ontario Road and East Main Street in Welland, except for the main line and the Gencorp lead. Total rail removed was about 4 miles.
     Shortly after, CN decided they would not reopen the TR Canal Spur to freight traffic.
     In the September 11th issue of the Welland Tribune, there was an article on page B1 regarding the CN Canal Spur re-opening of many new trains.
     On page A1 of the Welland Tribune, September 18, 1998 there was another article about the cancellation of the reopening of the CN Canal Spur due to public safety. People like to walk the line through town.
     Trillium uses the TR Canal Spur also to go out to the TR Feeder Spur in the morning to pick up cars for the day and to return cars to the yard after switching duties.
     Up until Trillium took over operations, CN and NS operated on this line. CN with NS, with a local from Dain City Intermodal yard went out to Feeder South to go to over to Feeder yard on the CN Cayuga Subdivision. NS operated trains between Dain City and CN Feeder West to back trains into the Intermodal facility. NS sometimes went north towards Welland on this line to also back cars in. CN also used the line to access downtown Welland.
     In the early 2000's Trillium as does today have a St. Catharines train and Welland-Port Colborne train. Trillium's St. Catharines train woul come to south to Welland to pick up cars from the yard at Ontario Road, but as time went by Trillium pulled their St. Catharines Job out of St. Catharines and brought it down to TR Feeder West with the Welland-Port Colborne train.
     Trillium's two trains start operations shortly after 7:15am as heard by the horn as the train put out and either on the TR Feeder Spur or TR Canal Spur, to access TR Feeder yard or via TR Feeeder South to gain access via the connection track to the TR Feeder Spur. I believe Trillium Port Colborne traffic is taken to Port Colborne and industries are serviced there if required. Trillium usually leaves TR Feeder yard traffic south of Forks Road on the TR Harbour Line and pulls onto the TR Canal Spur and heads into Dain City to either service M. J. Jones or to continue up the line to downtown Welland where they may service Vesuvius via the CP Welland Ind. lead to the TR West Welland Spur.
     I've witness on occasion the St. Catharines train pull into TR Feeder Spur once the Port Colborne train ginves the ok or the train or the Port Job leaves. Once the St. Catharines job leaves the yard, along with the Port Colborne Job, they both take the connecting track to the TR Canal Spur and the Port Colborne Job will take the switch to the TR Harbour Line at mile 2.2 and head for Port.
     The St. Catharines Job would continue into Dain City and north towards St. Catharines. I take it that the St. Catharines job services Gencorp north of East main St. in Welland, as it it on the way north. The St. Catharines job will continue north where at Thorold it will conitine on to the TR Thorold Spur. The two lines connect directly to each other. Once the St. Catharines job reaches CN Merritton on the CN Grimsby Subdivion, they tone up the CN NI dispatcher to open up the electric bolt lock and head west to CN Glenridge and cross over to the north track and head east back to CN Merriton and open up the electric bolt lock to leave the CN mainline trackage.
     The Port Colborne job usually returns to TR Feeder yard around noon and the St. Catharines job will return during the mid to late afternoon. But sometimes the schedules changes due to what industies need to be serviced. Sometimes on weekends industries aew servuced ib Port Colborne, like Casco.
     With Henenger's (formerly at one time GDX, GenCorp, General Tire) that closed at the end of October 2011, I found out they hadn't received any rail service since about September 2009.
     With the expansion project of the 406 to 4 lanes and an overpass, the old 406 crossing at about mile 7.9 is now no longer existing. On or about August 30, 2013, the crossing protection was deactivated, but the protection stood in place as trains still passed by this location, as the new 406 was partially moved to an overpass located on the south side of the old grade crossing.
     On September 5 or 6, 2013, the old 406 crossing protection was removed from site.


Pictorial view of this line:

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     Photos of the Welland River bridge at mile 8.68 of the TR Canal Spur.


     These photos are of the Feeder Connecting track that runs between the TR Canal Spur and the TR Cayuga Spur, west of Dain City.

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     These photos are of WR Yard, located at Ontario Road in Welland.

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     These photos are of the Team Track at Brown Road in Weland, on the old property of Atlas Specialty Steels.

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     These photos are of the old CN Thorold Subdivision connecting track between the CN Canal Subdivision and the CN Thorold Subdivision, on the west side of former bridge 10, up in Allanburg.

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     These photos are of the old HEPC trackage in Welland that ran (well, it's still there, but hasn'tbeen used for decades) off of the CN Canal Subdivision & Spur down by mile 4.1-ish.

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     These photos are of the old Feeder South area pedestrian xing for farmer's use. I had noticed that in March 2012, these signs no longer existed. I don't know when the signs disappeared.

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     This photo is of the East Main Street xing in Welland years ago.

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     These photos are of the old CN Fertilizer Lead in Dain City off of the old CN Canal Subdivision. I believe the line was removed in the 1980's. This plant produced I believe liquid fertilzer, for local farmers.
The Lead left the CN Canal Subdivision at mile 2.4.
These photos are of the old CN Fertilizer Lead in Dain City off of the old CN Canal Subdivision. I believe the line was removed in the 1980's. This plant produced I believe liquid fertilzer, for local farmers. The Lead left the CN Canal Subdivision at mile 2.4.

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     These photos are of the yard trackage at Dain City that leads off of the old CN and now TR Canal Spur along St. Clair Drive.

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     These photos are of the SLM Salvage business at the north end of Welland, off of the TR Canal Spur. The lead runs off of the TR Canal Spur north of Brown Road, and runs across Brown Road along the TR Canal Spur into the back of the old Atlas Steels plant, and then there is a switch you back northward into the plant.
     I believe the lead off of the TR Canal Spur here is the old 'team track'.
    Th switch into the plant along the side of the fence was put in during the summer of 2012.
     About 70% of the way along the SLM salvage propery heading south, is the switch to back off this old 'team track' into the salvage plant.

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