CN CAYUGA SUBDIVISION

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-TH&B RUNNING RIGHTS BETWEEN FEEDER EAST AND ROBBINS WEST
EX-NW & NS RUNNING RIGHTS | TR RUNNING RIGHTS
EX-CN CAYUGA SUBDIVISION
PARTIAL NON-EXISTENT TRACKAGE (MILE 22.0 TO 80.5 +-)
EX-TR CAYUGA LINE
EX-TH&B RUNNING RIGHTS: BROOKFIELD TO ROBBINS WEST

Present timetable listing for this line:

CN ~ ROBBINS CONNECTING TRACKS
NOVEMBER 12, 2001 - PRESENT

MILE
Robbins
(Jct. with CN Stamford Subdivision)
12.0
Brookfield East
(Jct. with CP Hamilton Subdivision)
(Jct. with CN Stamford Subdivision Connecting Track)
13.0

CP ~ HAMILTON SUBDIVISION
NOVEMBER 12, 2001 - PRESENT

MILE
Brookfield East
(Jct. with CN Robbins Connecting Tracks)
13.0
Brookfield
(Jct. with CP Brookfield Siding)
14.2

CP ~ BROOKFIELD SIDING
NOVEMBER 12, 2001 - PRESENT

MILE
Jct. with CP Hamilton Subdivision14.2
Feeder East
(Jct. with TR Feeder Spur)
(Jct. with CP Hamilton Subdivision)
19.1

CP ~ FEEDER SPUR
NOVEMBER 12, 2001 - PRESENT

MILE
Feeder East
(Jct. with CP Brookfield Siding)
19.1
Feeder20.1
Feeder West
(Jct. with TR Canal Spur)
20.9
End Of Steel22.0

Traffic movement on this line:

     Rule 105 Territory - Not To Exceed 15 mphBetween Robbins and Brookfield East.
     No Trackage exists between CN Feeder West and Delhi.


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 12.0 (Robbins) : Wilhelm Road, Port Colborne : CN Robbins is where the wye is to the CP Hamilton Subdivision via the little segment of the CN Cayuga Subdivision know as the Robbins Connecting tracks. Only the CP locals and CN locals use the west leg of the wye track which heads over to CN Robbins West. These days, CP mainline trains use the trackage of the old CN Cayuga Subdivision to CN Robbins. You will see a handful of trains during the day pass by. They are bound for Buffalo, or CP Welland yard and beyond if they take the east leg/mainline.

     Mile 13.0 (Brookfield East) : (South) Brookfield Road and Forkes Road, Niagara Falls : This is CN (CP) Brookfield East, where the wye connects from the CN Stamford Subdivision to CN Robbins West. From this point westward (north), CP now owns this trackage, since 2001.

     Mile 14.2 (Formerly CN Brookfield) : (South) Brookfield Road and Miller Road : This used to be SNS Brookfield to both CN & CP. CN used to have a signal department building here. CP's referral to Brookfield on the CP Hamilton Subdivision is now at mile 16.1 . This is the location of the east end of CP Brookfield Siding.

     Mile 19.1 (Feeder East) : Feeder Road, Welland : CN Feeder East was located out near Feeder Road, east of the east end of what is now Trillium's Feeder yard. It was probably known as Feeder, because the Feeder Canal during the 1800's which passed through this area long before the tracks were ever here. The main line between CN Feeder East and CN Feeder west no longer exists. Only the siding and the yard remains these days. At Mile 19.1 the west end of CP Brookfield Siding connects to the CP Hamilton Subdivision and the TR Feeder Spur.

     Mile 20.9 (Feeder West) : Farr Road, Wainfleet : CN Feeder West is the limit for trains on the TR Feeder Spur, because the track has been removed from mile 22 westward toward Delhi (mile 83). The CN Cayuga Subdivision from Delhi, west, is now the St. Thomas & Eastern Cayuga Spur. CN Feeder West is also the location of mile 0.0 of the TR Canal Spur. These days you can see Trillium's power parked here. How things can change within a few years. {sigh}...


Operations on this line:

     The CN Cayuga Subdivision is one of the oldest lines in the Niagara Region and southern Ontario. It was built in the 1870's.
     Originally, when it was built, it directly connected St. Thomas and Buffalo. At the time, the line went through CN Yager East, CN Robbins, via the updated name as miles 15 to 0 of the CN Stamford Subdivision. Most of the CN Stamford Subdivision as we know it today hadn't been built north of CN Yager East.
     When the Welland Canal bypass was built in the early 1970's, a new route was built for the CN Cayuga Subdivision and at the time, also the Penn Central's trackage (now the CP Hamilton Subdivision).
     The new line directed rail traffic through the Townline Tunnel. Therefore, the old CN Cayuga Subdivision that ended at the former location of the CN/NS Dain City Intermodal yard on St. Clair Drive in Dain City was renamed to the CN Canal Subdivision. Off topic, the CN Canal Subdivision then headed north through Welland.
     Once the CN Cayuga Subdivision had been diverted through the Townline Tunnel, CN Feeder yard was also built at mile 19.5.
     For several years until either 1993 or 1994, Norfolk Southern had four trains that passed through the Feeder area. They were NS 145, 146, 327 and 328. This yard was the CN/NS interchange yard. After the CN Cayuga Subdivision was closed one mile west of CN Feeder West, the CN/NS interchange yard was moved to CN Robbins on the present CN Stamford Subdivision at miles 12 to 10.
     Between May 19 and May 21, 1997, the main line through CN Feeder yard was torn out. A train consisting of CN units CN 3572 and CN 3575 (MLW's) and approximately 30 465XX OCS cars were used to carry the rail away.
     During the months of May and June of 1997, this train was spotted near the diamond of the CN Hagersville Subdivision tearing up the CN Cayuga Subdivision, starting from an area near Cayuga.
     The remnants of the CN Cayuga Subdivision between St. Thomas and Delhi, was renamed the CN/TR Cayuga Spur.
     CP and it's predecessor TH&B... up until 1988 had running rights on the CN Cayuga Subdivision between the CN Feeder East area and Port Colborne on the CN Humberstone Subdivision. But as we know, CP owns the former CN Cayuga Subdivision from mile mile 19.1 to CN (CP) Brookfield East.
     When CP used to go to Port Colborne, a CP local job would begin out of CP Welland Yard on the present CP Hamilton Subdivision at mile 20.4 and travel to approximately mile 18.5 and cross over to the CN Cayuga Subdivision, or continue on the CP Hamilton Subdivision and cross over to the CN Cayuga Subdivision on the other side of the Townline Tunnel. The train would continue around the bend through CN Robbins West and take former trackage of the CN Cayuga Subdivision, which late became the CN Humberstone Subdivision connecting track. This was the diversion to the left at CN Yager East. The train would continue down the CN Humberstone Subdivision and service INCO on the old CN Dunnville Subdivision. I believe CP/THB ended this practice around the end of the 1980's.
     During the morning of August 11, 1998, CTC on the CN Cayuga Subdivision ended. The signals were simply turned off, and a single yellow aspect signal eastbound at Brookfield was turned on. In November 2001, when CP took over the line, this light was upgraded to two signal aspects.
     The CN Cayuga Subdivision became OCS territory after 1998, and the continued to be OCS territory until 1999 when it bacame Rule 105. When CP OCS control of the line, it returned to OCS control from CN (CP) Brookfield East, west to old CN Brookfield, where a switch was put in and the former CN Cayuga Subdivision, now CP Brookfield Siding stayed Rule 105. The trackage of the all along CP Hamilton Subdivision was joined in with the former CN Cayuga Subdivision from this point east.
     Another note, During the late summer of 1998, the main line of the CN Cayuga Subdivision between CN Robbins and the switch at the west end of CN Brookfield was removed, leaving only the siding.
     In early October 1998, Norfolk Southern shut down their Intermodal operations in Dain City resulting in terminating use of the CN Canal Spur (Spur then) and CN Cayuga Subdivision.
     In September 1999, Trillium took over operations on the CN Cayuga Subdivision renaming it the TR Feeder Spur. CN 564 still operated on the line as far west as TR Feeder yard to interchange with Trillium via the CP Hamilton Subdivision and CP Brookfield Siding.
     Trillium these days, since taking over the line only operates trains eastward from the TR Canal Spur as far as TR Feeder yard.
     During the first week of November 2001, CP put in the necessary crossover in at Brookfield. Where the switch to the CP Hamilton Subdivision is at the west end of the crossover, the CP Hamilton Subdivision was relocated 4 feet or so southward to make the crossover connect to the CN Cayuga Subdivision at the appropriate angle.
     This crossover is about 1/10 mile west of the CP Welland Tube Lead Switch.
     The CP Hamilton Subdivision is now in reverse position for trains to go to Niagara Falls on the CP Montrose Subdivision.
     At Feeder by the 18.3 Hamilton Subdivision detector, a crossover was placed to connect the two lines in mid October 2001.
     On November 12, 2001, the CN Cayuga Subdivision between CN Robbins and CN Brookfield East returned back to CN control from Trillium and from CN Brookfield East to CN Feeder East it was handed over to CP. From CN Feeder East to mile 22.0 at the End Of Steel, Trillium Rail kept control of this segment and now calls it the TR Feeder Spur.      All that track ownership sounds so confusing but to make it simple, CP had the CP Hamilton Subdivision, CN had the CN Cayuga Subdivision. In 1999, when Trillium took control of the CN Canal Spur and CN Cayuga Subdivision, CP still went to Niagara Falls to cross over the border. But in late 2001, CP abandoded access in the U.S. at Niagara Falls. So, since 1999, when Trillium took over the CN Cayuga Subdivision, they technically had the former CN Cayuga Subdivision from CN Feeder West to CN Brookfield East. But when CP in late 1999 moved over to using the CN Cayuga Subdivision from the CN Feeder East area to CN Brookfield East, Trillium's ownership was cut back to mile 19.1 near Feeder Road.
     On occassion, I used to see the NS main line train head west through Feeder. They used to get an OCS clearance from CN Feeder West all the way to CN St. Thomas and vice-versa.
     If I am correct, when the CN Cayuga Subdivision was abandoned in 1995 (1996 really, but I will explain in a sec), I think NS created an NS 445, which would run from Dain City to Buffalo and vice-versa daily. This usually happened at dusk heading to Buffalo. I used to see NS 445 move cars around at Dain City along St. Clair Drive. I used to se NS 445 come into Dain City during the morning.
     The last NS train I ever saw on the Cayuga Subdivision west of CN Feeder West was eastbound and it was on a Tuesday or Thursday in the first or third week of October 1995, through the CN Cayuga Subdivision wasn't torn out until 1996.      I used to see the CN Dain City switcher pull cars out to CN Feeder yard throughout the day, but all that ended in October 1998.
     When Trillium first started up operation in 1997 in Port Colborne, Trillium had running rights west (south) on the CN Canal Spur to WH yard which is west of Hwy 58 (Westside Road) to interchange with the CN local. But in 1999, when Trillium took over the lines north of Port Colborne, including the CN Canal Spur, CN Cayuga Subdivision and all the old NS&T trackage that still existed in Thorold and St. Catharines, CN relocated the interchange location to what was now Trillium's Feeder yard on the CN Cayuga Subdivision which became the TR Feeder Spur.


Pictorial view of this line:

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Mile 12.58
Looking Northwest
(1998)

Mile 12.58
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(1998)

Mile 12.62
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(1998)

Mile 12.62
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(1998)

Mile 13.00
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(1998)

Mile 13.00
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Mile 13.10
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Mile 13.31
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Mile 13.80
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Mile 13.80
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(1997)

Mile 13.80
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(1998)

Mile 13.80
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Mile 13.80
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(1991)

Mile 13.80
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(1998)

Mile 13.80
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Mile 13.80
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(1998)

Mile 14.20
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Mile 14.20
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Mile 14.20
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Mile 14.20
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Mile 14.20
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(2013)

Mile 14.20
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Mile 14.20
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(Early 1990's)

Mile 14.20
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Mile 14.30
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Mile 14.30
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Mile 14.35
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Mile 14.60
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     These photos are of the former Feeder West signs that were once located at Forks Road and Farrs Road west if Dain City, in Wainfleet.

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Looking West
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(2006)

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(2003)


     These photos are of the former CN Cayuga Subdivision prior to the new Welland Canal bypass. To the west, is the canal, which connected the line into Dain City and to the east, it connected to the latest CN Humberstone connecting track and eastward onto to Fort Erie.

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Mile 14.70
Looking East
(1996)

Mile 14.70
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(1996)

Mile 14.85
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(1996)

Mile 14.85
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Mile 14.85
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Mile 14.85
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Mile 14.90
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Mile 15.00
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Mile 15.05
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Mile 15.24
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Mile 15.54
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Mile 15.91
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(1997)

Mile 15.91
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(2013)

Mile 16.00
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(2013)

Mile 16.00
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Mile 16.30
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(1999)

Mile 16.30
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Mile 16.70
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