CN DUNDAS SUBDIVISION

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-NS RUNNING RIGHTS | VIA RUNNING RIGHTS
AMTRAK RUNNING RIGHTS BETWEEN LONDON JCT. AND LONDON

Present timetable listing for this line:

CN ~ DUNDAS SUBDIVISION
DECEMBER 1, 2007 - PRESENT

MILE
Bayview
(To Jct. with CN Oakville Subdivision)
0.4
Copetown West10.9
Masseys21.0
Brant Jct.
(Jct. with SOR Burford Subdivision)
22.2
Simpson
(Jct. with SOR Hagersville Subdivision)
22.7
Brantford23.0
Hardy24.9
Paris Jct.30.9
Paris West32.6
Blain45.1
Carew50.8
Lihou61.6
Frauts74.0
Highbury75.5
London East76.5
London Jct.
(Jct. with Railtex Guelph Subdivision)
76.7
Jct. with CN Talbot Subdivision77.33
McLeod77.5
London
(Jct. with CN Strathroy Subdivision)
78.2

Traffic movement on this line:

     CTC Territory - Signaled movement on entire trackage.


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 0.0 (Bayview) : York Blvd, Hamilton : The beginning of the CN Dundas Subdivision is located right at CN Bayview Jct. CN BayviewBayview Jct. is a location on the rails where railfans hang around to watch trains. They stand on the pedestrian overpass into the Royal Botanical Gardens just north of the Jct. The CN Dundas Subdivision connects to the CN Oakville Subdivision here. On a daily basis, you will see a good 30 or so trains. Unfortunately these days the vegtation is getting over grown and photographing trains isn't really that hot here. Time to get those chain saws out!

     Mile 0.4 (Hamilton West) : Hwy 403, Hamilton : This is a location just around the corner from CN Bayview Jct. It is hard to get to this place due to parking and climbing the hill over looking this site. This location is right next to the CP Hamilton Subdivision beside the bridges over the 403.

     Mile 4.7 (Dundas) : 'Old' Hwy 8, Dundas : This is Dundas. Dundas is I believe part of the city of Hamilton. There used to be a line that ran up the escarpment from this location to a rock plant. But the line no longer exists. Photos of this line are below.

Mile 10.9 (Copetown West) : Orkney Sideroad, Township of Flamborough : Copetown is just a few minutes west of Dundas, Ontario. This is also a nice place to watch trains. I believe the road you want when you arrive here is Old Governor's Road.

     Mile 14.1 (Lynden) : Main Street, Lynden : This is the old Junction of the CN Fergus Subdivision and the CN Dundas Subdivision. It is located in the village of Lynden.

     Mile 21.0 (Masseys) : Park Road, Brantford :

     Mile 22.2 (Brant Jct.) : Elgin Street, Brantford : Brant Jct. is where the CN Burford Spur connects to the CN Dundas Subdivision.

     Mile 22.7 (Simpson) : Clarence Street, Brantford : This is the Jct. between the CN Dundas Subdivision and Southern Ontario Railway's Hagersville Subdivision that runs through Caledonia and Hagersville and down to Nanticoke. Southern Ontario Railway acquired the SOR Hagersville Subdivision from CN in 1997.

     Mile 23.0 (Brantford) : Niagara Street, Brantford : At mile 23, is the VIA station at Brantford. You can catch VIA trains and freight trains passing through here all the time.

     Mile 24.9 (Hardy) : Hardy Road, Brantford :

Mile 30.9 (Paris Jct.) Ayr Road, Paris :

     Mile 32.6 (Paris West) : Concession 1, South Dumfries Township :

     Mile 37.6 (Princeton) : Main Street, Princeton :

     Mile 47.4 (Oxford) : Beard's Lane, Woodstock :

Mile 49.6 (Woodstock) : Wellington Street, Woodstock : You can see another VIA station here at Woodstock. It resembles a big old time house. Just west of here at mile 50.8 of the CN Dundas Subdivision, is the diamond where the CP St. Thomas Subdivision crosses over. There is also a connection track here where the two railroads can interchange cars.

     Mile 51.1 (Thames) : Ingersoll Road, Woodstock :

     Mile 56.2 (Munroes) : Monroe's Crossing, Oxford County :

     Mile 59.0 (Ingersoll) : Thames Street, Ingersoll : At Ingersoll, there is again another old station. This station is no longer used.

     Mile 59.8 (Ingersoll West) : McKean Street, Ingersoll : Ingersoll West is located about a half mile west of McKean Road in Ingersoll. I haven't seen this location when I have been to Ingersoll, but this was the last unprotected crossing on the CN Dundas Subdivision until 2004 when it was electrified.

Mile 68.7 (Dorchester) : Railway Street, Dorchester: Though not mentioned in the latest timetable, Dorchester is just a small community along the CN Dundas Subdivision. There used to be a few small buildings here along the tracks.

     Mile 74.0 (Frauts) : Clark Side Road, London : Frauts is near the eastern border of London.

     Mile 75.5 (Highbury) : Highbury Avenue, London : Highbury is located just east of the CN London Yard. You can watch trains here at the grade crossing leaving and approaching the yard, very easily.

     Mile 76.5 (London East) : Egerton Street, London : This is where the yard is located. I believe the yard is just west of the sign.

     Mile 76.7 (London Jct.) : Rectory Street, London : This is where the GEXR Guelph Subdivision connects with the CN Dundas Subdivision.

     Mile 77.5 (McLeod) : Maitland Street, London : This is McLeod. It is basically just a location on the double track a little less than a mile east of the VIA station in London.

Mile 78.2 (London) : Richmond Street, London : The London VIA Rail station is located here. It is also the western end of the CN Dundas Subdivision


Operations on this line:

          The CN Dundas Subdivision runs between CN Bayview Jct., at Hamilton and London. It is a double track mainline.      The CN Dundas Subdivision is CN's main artery between Toronto and London. From London to Sarnia it is the CN Strathroy Subdivision. CN operates several trains a day on the CN Dundas Subdivision along with several daily VIA Rail trains. which run the line to access the CN Strathroy Subdivision at London or the CN Chatham Subdivision via the CN Strathroy Subdivision 10 miles west of London.
     In London, the Goderich-Exeter's Guelph Subdivision joins the CN Dundas Subdivision.
     You never know what power will be seen on this line. CN sometimes has IC units on their trains along with foreign power such as Union Pacific, Grand Trunk, Illinois Central.
     On the CN Dundas Subdivision, you will see a few double stack unit trains plus the regular mixed freight trains. If you plan to railfan the CN Dundas Subdivision, there are better places than others along the line. I haven't railfanned the CN Dundas Subdivision that much, but I prefer to go to Aldershot by Waterdown Road, a mile or so north of CN Bayview Jct.
     The SOR (Railink) has running rights on the CN Dundas Subdivision between Paris and the Jct. to the SOR Hagersville Subdivision at Brantford. The SOR also has a yard in Hamilton which used to be operated by CN. This yard in Hamilton is located on the south side of Hamilton Harbour not too far from Bayview Jct. The yard is used by SOR for interchanging cars with CN and vice-versa for the N & NW Spur which was once operated by CN and runs along Burlington Street throughout the north end of Hamilton, off of the CN Oakville Subdivision just west of the connection to the CN Grimsby Subdivision.
     Photos at mile 44.92, 47.91 and train at 49.56 are property of Walter Pfefferle.
     On December 30, 2006, NS 328 headed for Buffalo, NY. for the last time with two light units. Since late 1995 or early 1996, NS ran the Grimsby CN Dundas, operating NS 328 and 328. The contract to service the Ford plant in Talbotville ended. After about 107 or so years of Wabash, N & W and NS activity in the St. Thomas area, NS ceased to exist in Canada, except for NS 369, which still interchanges with CN at Fort Erie on the CN Stamford Subdivision.


Pictorial view of this line:

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     These photos are of the grounds behind the location of the old Dundas station and of the rock crusher track once located off of the CN Dundas Subdivision at mile 4.9.

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