CP DUNNVILLE SPUR

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-TH&B DUNNVILLE SUBDIVISION | EX-CP DUNNVILLE SUBDIVISION
PARTIAL NON-EXISTENT TRACKAGE (MILE 0.0 TO 9.63)

Present timetable listing for this line:

CP ~ DUNNVILLE SPUR
MAY 8, 2001 - PRESENT

MILE
Jct. with CP Caso Spur9.5
Dunnville14.4
Port Maitland19.0

Traffic movement on this line:

    Rule 105 Territory - Not to exceed 15 mph on entire trackage.
     No trackage exists between Smithville and Attercliff.


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 9.63 (Jct. with Caso Spur) : Hutchinson Road, Attercliffe Station : Just north of here is the northern most limit of the CP Dunnville Spur, now that the line has been discontinued to the north up to Smithville.

     Mile 9.8 (Crossing with Ex-Cayuga Subdivision) : Hutchinson Road, Attercliffe Station : Also, at mile 9.8 is the former roadbed and diamond of the old CN Cayuga Subdivision. The CN Cayuga Subdivision no longer exists here as of 1996. Catching Job 2 cross this crossing is just the same as at mile 9.4 .

     Mile 14.4 (Dunnville) : Hwy 3, Dunnville: Dunnville is an ok place to catch CP Welland yard Job 2. The CP Dunnville Spur passes through Dunnville beside McDonald's every other weekday, within each week.

     Mile 19.0 (Port Maitland) : Feeder Road, Port Maitland : Port Maitland is at the end of the CP Dunnville Spur. There is a average size yard here. This yard is used for storing cars for Rhodia. You can get some pretty nice shots here. At the north end of the yard is a private crossing. Catch the train coming south around the bend from the north. You can also get some nice pictures at the south end of the yard as it switches beside the road.


Operations on this line:

     The Dunnville Subdivision, was built by the TH&B Railway between their mainline at Smithville and Dunnville in 1914 and then down to Port Mailtand in 1915.
     Over the years there were only a few industries on this line. Of what I know, there was the Bick's Pickles plant at Dunnville. Several years ago, servicing of this plant subsided. If I had to guess, it was during the 1980's. There is also the plant at Port Maitland called Rhodia. It makes detergents. I believe there was a business or something called ERCO at Port Maitland but do not know what it was in business to make.
     Years ago there was also a car ferry or some kind of similar ferry service at Port Maitland that went across the lake to the U.S.
     Years ago the west leg of the wye at Smithville to the CP mainline was removed. This is probably on the account that the CP Dunnville Spur used to be switch out of one of CP's Hamilton area yards, instead of CP Welland yard who works on the line now.
     The CP Dunnville Spur these days only provides service to one business and it is Rhodia at Port Maitland, as previously mentioned. This plant was formerly known as Albright & Wilson of Americas.
     CP's Welland yard Job 2 provides service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the early to mid morning arriving at Port Maitland around 10am at the yard beside Feeder Road. The train leaves CP Welland yard around 8:30 am. and heads down the CP Dunnville Spur, first via the CP Caso Spur west out of CP Welland.
     The CP Dunnville Subdivision used to have three diamonds on it, First was the CN/CP Caso Subdivision at mile 9.4, then the CN Cayuga Subdivision at mile 9.8, and lastly the CN Dunnville Subdivision at mile 14.0 or so.
     Until May 2001, the CP Dunnville Spur used to run south out of Smithville 19 miles, ending at the yard near the Rhodia plant. CP doesn't go into the plant at Port Maitland. CP out-right bought the segment of the CN/CP Caso Subdivision from CN Hewitt, next to CP Welland yard and west to the now former E&O diamond north of Dunnville. CP put in a connecting track in the southeast quadrant and that was the end of any trains ever using the CN/CP Caso Subdivision west through the E&O diamond.
     On the CP Dunnville Spur, prior to the 2001 abandonment, use to have a few bridge north of mile 9.0. I remember a small one near mile 6.0, and two larger spanning ones located at mile 8.0 and 8.44. The reason for the abandonment of the CP Dunnville Spur was due to the conditions of the old wooden bridges on this line north of the E&O diamond.
     Rhodia has some type of RailKing to pull the tank cars to the plant.
     The name Rhodia changed from Albright and Wilson back in the spring of 2001.
     On a historic note, on May 7, 2001 was the last CP train south on the CP Dunnville Spur out of Smithville off via the CP Hamilton Subdivision. On the following day, the CP Port Maitland job went down the (now) ex CN Caso Subdivision as a work train to complete the final stages of connecting the new track to the CP Dunnville Spur. The CN Caso Subdivision was then renamed the CP Caso Spur from Hewitt Road at CP Welland yard to the E&O diamond, north of Dunnville.      It was in 1997 or 1998, the CP Dunnville Subdivision was reclassified as a Spur due to track conditions. Operations were limited to 10mph south out of Smithville to Dunnville, then 25mph limit from there to Port Maitland. The same speed restrictions applied for the journey north.
     During July - August of 2002, the CP Dunnville Spur trackage was lifted between Smithville and the Port Davidson area at the E&O diamond.
     In July of 2003, the bridge over Hwy 20 at Smithville, mile 0.46 was completely removed.
     In August 2004, Rhodia sold the Phosphates division to Bain Capital who named this business Innophos.
     In 2012, I was emailed some information on the plants in Port Maitland...
     Doug Carter : "I worked in Port Maitland when the ERCO plant and another plant called Sherbrooke metallurgical(I worked at this plant before it closed), which was in operation from the late 50's to around the early 80's. ERCO was a fertilizer plant and Sherbrooke metallurgical was a smelter that roosted zinc ore before shipping to the states for more refinement. I worked at Sherbrooke Metallurgical before it closed down in 1973 or 74. The roosted zinc ore was shipped by rail and the fertilizer from ERCO was also shipped by rail. In Dunnville industries such as Wabasso cotton mill, monarch cotton mill, Lundy fence, the Dunnville dairy, and a feed mill(one was Marshall and the other was Co-op)."


Pictorial view of this line:

     Former trackage of the CP Dunnville Spur.

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     These photos are of what trackage is still in use.

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     These photos are of the yard on the CP Dunnville Spur at Port Maitland.

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     These photos are of the former west leg of the wye at Smithville.

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     These photos were taken down at Port Maitland.

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     Years ago, there used to be a wye track off of the old TH&B/CP Dunnville Subdivision at Port Maitland, at about mile 17.8. I have know it used to be there, but I do not know when it was torn out.
     It was removed sometime prior to 1996. If anyone know, please let me know. As you can see from these maps, it is a little to far to walk to access it to take any photos.

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