CN CONIAGAS SPUR

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

A look at the past and present timetable listings for this line:

CN ~ CONIAGAS SPUR
OCTOBER 1967 - 1995

MILE
Hayes Road
(Jct. with CN Thorold Subdivision)
0.0
Allanburg Road0.5
Clara Street0.53
Niagara Falls Road0.7
CN ~ CONIAGAS SPUR
APRIL 1996 - PRESENT

MILE
Hayes Road
(Jct. with CN Thorold Spur)
0.0
Allanburg Road0.5
Clara Street0.53
Niagara Falls Road0.7

Traffic movement on this line:

     Rule 105 (a) Territory


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 0.0 : Hayes Road, Thorold South : Mile 0.0 is located just south of Hayes Road. You can see the Abitibi Consolidated Paper train leave the CN Coniagas Spur and enter the CN Thorold Spur to interchange with CN at the yard just down the track to the south. It is hard to get pictures in the yard. You can get some pictures with a a good zoom camera lens from Allanburg Road. Here you can see both the CN local the Abitibi Consolidated Paper train.

     Mile 0.5 : Allanburg Road, Thorold South : This is Allanburg Road. This is an ok place to watch the Abitibi Consolidated Paper train. Remember that the train runs backwards on this line when returning to the plant at Niagara Falls Road. There are two crossings in this area. The other one is a side street off of Allanburg Road called Clara St.

     Mile 0.7 : Niagara Falls Road, Thorold South : At Niagara Falls Road, which also runs off of Allanburg Road, Abitibi Consolidated paper (formerly Quno and Donohue) is located here. You can take pictures of the Abitibi Consolidated Paper engine on a regular basis pulling out of the plant here to head down the CN Coniagas Spur to the yard beside the former Dana. (Dana closed during the summer of 2007).


Operations on this line:

     The CN Coniagas Spur runs off of the CN Thorold Spur at about mile 3.6. The Coniagas Spur runs exclusively to Abitibi Consolidated Paper in Thorold South at Niagara Falls Road. Years ago, back in the early 1990's I remember a line running directly north crossing Hayes Road leading to the former Georgia Pacific plant located on the west side of Allanburg Road, but the track was torn out shortly after.
     CN 564 now only interchanges with the Abitibi Consolidated Paper engine north of Hwy 20. Both CN and Abitibi aren't required to meet with each other for interchanges. Most times they don't see each other. CN 564 would pull cars that were left at CN Port Robinson yard to the 'interchange' yard next to the former Dana plant which shut down operations during the summer of 2007. As far back as this paper business has been here, interchanging cars has always been done like this. As seen in the photo's below, you will see a diesel with 'QUNO 2' on it. Quno is the old name for Abitibi Consolidated, and after Quno, it became Donohue,before becoming what it is now. I don't know if the name change was just done or if they got bought out.
     Back in the mid to late 1990's this was 569's job, not 564, though the two trains have been renamed and have had their duties switched over the years.
     564 can be seen here at the yard beside Dana at Hwy 20 from time to time.
     In the Spring of 2011, I came to understand that Trillium Railway does the switching duties to and from the plant, using the plant locomotive 2 to 3 times a week. I don't know how long this has been going on, or what days this happens.


58 photos in gallery


Mile 0.06
Looking Southwest
(1997)

Mile 0.10
Looking Northeast
(2003)

Mile 0.10
Looking Northeast
(2005)

Mile 0.10
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(2008)

Mile 0.10
Looking Northeast
(2011)

Mile 0.10
Looking Northeast
(2014)

Mile 0.10
Looking East
(2011)

Mile 0.10
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(2003)

Mile 0.10
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(2005)

Mile 0.10
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Mile 0.10
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Mile 0.10
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Mile 0.10
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Mile 0.10
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Mile 0.20
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(1997)

Mile 0.20
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Mile 0.40
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(2011)

Mile 0.50
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(2011)

Mile 0.50
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Mile 0.50
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(2014)

Mile 0.50
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Mile 0.50
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(2003)

Mile 0.50
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Mile 0.50
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Mile 0.50
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Mile 0.50
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Mile 0.50
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Mile 0.53
Looking Northeast
(2011)

Mile 0.53
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(2014)

Mile 0.53
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(2014)

Mile 0.53
Looking East
(2011)

Mile 0.53
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(2011)

Mile 0.53
Looking West
(2011)

Mile 0.60
Looking Northeast
(1997)

Mile 0.70
Looking Northwest
(2014)

Mile 0.70
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Mile 0.70
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(2011)

Mile 0.70
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Mile 0.70
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Mile 0.70
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Mile 0.70
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Mile 0.70
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Mile 0.70
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Mile 0.70
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Mile 0.70
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Mile 0.70
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Mile 0.70
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Mile 0.70
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Mile 0.70
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