CP CASO SPUR

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EX-CN/CP CASO SUBDIVISION

Present timetable listing for this line:

CP ~ WELLAND CONNECTING TRACK
MAY 8, 2001 - PRESENT

MILE
Jct. with CP Hamilton Subdivision17.3
Jct. with CP Hamilton Subdivision19.2
Jct. with CP Caso Spur19.5

CP ~ CASO SPUR
MAY 8, 2001 - PRESENT

MILE
Hewitt
(Jct. with CP Welland Connecting Track)
19.5
Perry23.5
CP Dunnville Spur Connecting Track30.38

Traffic movement on this line:

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


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 19.5 (Hewitt) : Hewitt Road, Wainfleet : This is located at Hewitt Road as stated south (east) of north siding switch Welland. The trackage from this point eastward is used a lot for storage of autoracks and mixed freight between trains. Welland yard Job 2 uses this trackage also to back off of the CP Hamilton Subdivision to head west on the former CN/CP Caso Subdivision to head for Port Maitland.

     Mile 23.5 (Perry) : Perry Road, Wainfleet : This is a small community called Perry, a few miles west of CP Welland yard.

     Mile 30.38 (Connecting Track) : Young Road, Dunnville : At this point you are at the Jct. to the CP Dunnville Spur from the CP Caso Spur next to the former E&O diamond.


Operations on this line:

     The CP Caso Spur is the same trackage as the CN/CP Caso Subdivision between mile 19.5 and 30.38, but CP purchased it outright from CN back in early 2001.
     The reason behind this was to abandon the CP Dunnville Spur between Smithville and the E&O diamond 5 miles north of Dunnville where the CN/CP Caso Subdivision crosses.
     CP built a connecting track, without any switches, in the southeast quadrant of the diamond to connect to the CP Dunnville Spur to get to Port Maitland. All other trackage in the area was abandoned.
The CN Caso Subdivision hadn't seen rail traffic since either February or March of 1996, so that's why there isn't a switch at the new connecting track to let trains pass the connecting track via the CP Caso Spur to the CN/CP Caso Subdivision westward.
     On May 8, 2001 a CP ballast train went down the CP Caso Spur to the new Connecting track to finish connecting the track to the CP Dunnville Spur, resulting in the CP Dunnville Spur northward from the area of the E&O diamond cut from service.
     The following day I was there to see the first train pull cars, bound for Port Maitland come around the connecting track just after 11am on a bright sunny warm morning. I was out there to catch the event on 35mm film.
     The CP Caso Spur officially begins at Hewitt Road, but the line actually runs all the way south (east) down to a switch just a few hundred feet west of south siding switch Welland.
     The portion of the line on the east side of Hewitt Road is the CP Welland Connecting Track.
     CP Welland yard Job 2 exclusively operates on the CP Caso Spur to the CP Dunnville Spur on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, unless there is a holiday on one of those days and therefore they may go Tuesdays and Thursdays or any set of days during the week. The other days of the week, Welland yard Job 2 will work within CP Welland yard or go to Smithville to service an industry or two.
     In the Welland area, there are crews who came from Conrail and TH&B. crews have seniority to run trains on the track they had been on previously to joining CP.
     When Job 2 is ready to leave Welland for Port Maitland, they will get a work clearance to work between mile 23 and north connecting track switch Welland because the switch points from the CP Hamilton Subdivision to the Welland Connecting Track face east. The train must pull off of the siding at north siding switch Welland and onto the CP Hamilton Subdivision and then back down the CP Hamilton Subdivision onto the CP Welland connecting track then head west across Hewitt Road onto the CP Caso Spur.
     When Job 2 returns to Welland, they must pull east past the switch on the Welland connecting track with a work clearance in hand with the same work limits of mile 23 and north connecting track switch Welland, then back out onto the CP Hamilton Subdivision across Hewitt Road, then pull across the road into the siding at north siding switch Welland.
     Job 2 usually leaves around 7:30 - 8am and return around 11:30am.
     The crew on Job 2 have told me they save about an hour or so since the CP Caso Spur reopened because there were so many speed restrictions on the CP Dunnville Spur north of the E&O diamond.
     The Welland connecting track is just the old Caso Subdivision on the east side of Hewitt Road which runs from Hewitt Road to the switch called the south connecting track switch Welland which is just west of south siding switch Welland. South connecting track switch Welland connects to the Hamilton with switch points facing east.


Pictorial view of this line:

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     These photos are of the CP Welland Connecting Track which is the old CN Caso Subdivision, east of Hewitt Road.

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     These photos are of the location of the former water tower that was located on the northwest side of the river that passed under the old line back in trhe pre Penn Central days, east of Hewitt Road.
     At the end of March of 2013, I went looking for it and found a foundation of concrete in the ground buried in the trees.
     You will see moss covered concrete. I believe that was it.

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