CN DUNNVILLE SUBDIVISION

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-NW & NS RUNNING RIGHTS | EX-CN DUNNVILLE SUBDIVISION
EX-CN MACEY SPUR: MILE 1.5 to 3.29

MACEY SPUR: MILE 0.0 to 1.4 - EX CN OWNED | MACEY SPUR: MILE 1.5 to 3.29 - TR OWNED

Present timetable listing for this line:

INCO ~ MACEY SPUR
JUNE 2001 - PRESENT

MILE
End Of Steel
0.85
INCO Siding1.00
Sherk Lumber Siding1.15
Mitchell Street
(Jct. with INCO Humberstone Spur)
1.18
Fares Street1.24
Furnace Yard Siding1.25
Welland Street1.32
End Of Steel1.4

TR ~ MACEY SPUR
JUNE 1997 - SEPTEMBER 18, 1999

MILE
Princess St.
(Jct. with TR Port Colborne Spur)
1.50
King St.1.58
Catherine St.1.65
Elm St.1.75
Fielden St.1.87
Jct. with TR Government Spur1.9
Steele St.2.01
Macey Yard2.57
Cement Road3.17
End Of Steel3.29

TR ~ HARBOUR LINE
SEPTEMBER 19, 1999 - PRESENT

MILE
This is the old Macey Spur at Mile 1.54.80
Fielden Jct.
(Jct. with TR Government Spur)
5.2
Macey5.9
End Of Steel7.1

Traffic movement on this line:

     INCO:Rule 105 Territory - Not to exceed 15 mph on entire trackage.
     No trackage exists between Fort Erie and Port Colborne and between Port Colborne and Caledonia.

Traffic movement on this line:

     TR:Rule 105 Territory - Not to exceed 15 mph on entire trackage.
     TR maintains trackage, CN service INCO, INCO owns trackage.


Points of interest along this line:(INCO)

     Mile 0.0: This is the east end of the INCO Macey Spur. The track just ends in amongst brush.

     Mile 0.41 : INCO's siding lead runs off of the Macey Spur at this location

     Mile 1.15 : Sherk Lumber has a lead here, but I haven't heard of them receiving rail cars ever since I have railfanned.

     Mile 1.16 : At this location is the SNS for CN Nickel. There used to be an average sized yard which was very seldomly saw many cars. Whenever there were any, there were 3 or 4 at the most. This yard is mainly used for storing unneeded rail cars, and the odd car for INCO.

     Mile 1.18 : This is the Jct. with the CN Humberstone Spur. It is the only way of getting out of Port Colborne on the east side of the Welland Canal by rail. CN very seldomly goes down here.

     Mile 1.25 : There is another siding here, but I have never seen any rail cars here.

     Mile 1.4 : This is now the end of the CN Macey Spur as bridge 20 was removed from over the Welland Canal. That's what caused the CN Macey Spur to be broken into two lines!


Points of interest along this line:(TR)(HARBOUR LINE MILEAGES)

     Mile 4.80 : At mile 4.80, this is the old mile 1.50 of the CN Macey Spur prior to the CN Port Colborne Spur and west side of the CN Macey Spur combined and remileaged.

     Mile 4.88 : Here, you can see the old CN Port Colborne Station still standing at King Street. It is now a restaurant.

     Mile 5.2 : This is the switch to the TR Government Spur. The TR train pulls west past this switch and backs down the Government Spur.

     Mile 5.87 : Macey yard is located here. There are only a few tracks left, since the yard used to be very active two decades ago. Occasionally, the TR train pulls into the yard to change ends with the engine, so that they can head back up the TR Harbour Line, engine first. Simply to do a run-around.

     Mile 6.59 : This is simply the west end of the TR Harbour Line.


Operations on this line:

     The CN Macey Spur is an updated name of the old CN Dunnville Subdivision which used to run from Fort Erie to Brantford.
     After the CN Dunnville Subdivision was pulled up in both directions on both side of Port Colborne, the name was renamed to the CN Macey Spur. The CN Macey Spur was only then accessible via the Humberstone Subdivision, from the CN Stamford Subdivision at CN Yager since 1971, but from Dain City prior to that. For the last several years, there was only a weekly train, which serviced INCO, Maple Leaf Mills (ADM Milling now), and the Government Grain Elevator (Goderich Grain Elevator now).
     In the early months of 1997, bridge 20 over the Welland Canal was taken out of service and removed. This caused the west side of the CN Macey Spur and the CN Government Spur to become isolated from rail service all together. I believe the last train before the bridge closed was in late January, and service couldn't begin until after the extension of the CN Port Colborne Spur was completed.
     After the extension of the CN Port Colborne Spur was completed, the west side of the CN Macey Spur was reopened to service. Very few people were there to see the opening, but I was there on the first day of service and I took several pictures of Trillium moving 6101 down the trackage to look back upon.
     When the CN Macey Spur on the west side of the Welland Canal was reopened, the line was now ownership of Trillium. The CN Macey Spur reopened on June 25, 1997.
     Trillium kept the old name of Macey Spur for awhile, along with CN's old name of the other two former CN lines within Port Colborne.
     The east side of the Welland Canal was also left as the CN Macey Spur, but left as CN ownership because the bridge over the Welland Canal was gone.
     The 'two' Macey Spurs each had a rail yard for a few years after the changes. Trillium has Macey yard on the west side and CN had Nickel yard on the east side until 2000 or 2001 when the yard was torn out. It is really nice to see rail cars in CN Macey yard, because they haven't been there since the mid 1980's, when they were used to store cars for Robin Hood Multi-foods.
     Back in the 1970's, CN Macey yard was used to reorganize the outbound cars from Robin Hood, the Cement Plant, INCO and Canada Furnace.
     Nickel yard was mainly used for the use of Nickel yard's TH&B's interchange with CN. In early 1997, I did see a bunch of grain cars stored here for a couple of weeks.
     Here is some information regarding the removal of bridge 20.
     For those of you who are not familiar with the Niagara Region, Bridge 20 ran across the Welland Canal in Port Colborne, Ontario.
     Demolition of Bridge 20 across the Welland Canal began shortly before the expansion of the CN Port Colborne Spur in February 1997, along the west side of the weir. First, the weight on the east tower was lowered onto large wood logs resembling ties. Next, the cables on the east tower were carefully dropped to the ground and removed from the site. The west tower weight was then dropped and so again the cables were also removed. It had approached mid March of 1997 and the St. Lawrence shipping season was about to be reopened for the year on March 27th. The span of the bridge across the Welland Canal had to still be removed.
     Workers removed the welds between the span and the bridge towers. Once this had been done, it was carefully lowered onto a barge and floated over to the west side of the weir on March 24 or 25, 1997, where it then was dismantled by a private business.
     The tower on the east side was next slowly taken down, taking only a couple of weeks. The tower was only removed as far down as the top of the weight, as to prevent someone from pushing it into the canal! Yeah, right. There is no way anyone can push it in. It only weighs about 300 ton as I was told. Once that was complete, the west tower was taken down in the same matter. The west tower took only a week to complete.
     Then again, during mid June, a special backhoe with a bit came and broke up the east weight. This took less than a day. The following day, the west weight was broken in the same way. As of the end of June the remaining part of both towers still existed.
     About a month later, the remaining part of the bridge towers were removed.
     During the removal of the bridge, I read a few comments in the local newspaper after the bridge was gone, the grounds around the construction site would be cleaned up.... such as replanting vegetation. I didn't see any of that ever accomplished as of 2003. In 2004 cleanup had begun. I was told it took so long because the City of Welland had to purchase the grounds from CN.
     To finalized things, Bridge 20 was built in 1927 and removed in 1997. It lasted a total of 70 years in service.
     The last 10 years or so, since the Dunnville Subdivision was pulled up on the outskirts of Port Colborne, the line hadn't seen more than one train across the bridge each week to Sugarloaf Harbour--Sunday Nights at 11pm.
     In June of 2001, CN Nickel yard was removed along with INCO trackage from the east end of the property.
A new switch was put in not too far east of the west end of the southern most track of the yard. This switch was put in place to get into INCO from the west end of the property.


     Please take notice these days, the CN Macey Spur is now un-named trackage at the south end of the COPC Humberstone Spur, on the east side of the Welland Canal, and on the west side, it is part of the Harbourline.
     Signals no longer exist on either CN Macey Spur, as there is no bridge anymore.
     Where you see EX Mile.... that is the approximate mileage of when the CN Dunnville Subdivision was in service in it's entirety. I didn't know the exact mileage, so I had to use a ruler on a map to estimate the mileage. The mileages are within a 1/4 mile or so of the original location.


Pictorial view of this line:

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Mile 0.00
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Mile 0.65
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Mile 0.65
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Mile 1.00
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Mile 1.20
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Mile 1.90
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Mile 2.00
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Mile 2.57
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Mile 2.57
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Mile 4.50
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Mile 4.76
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     These photos are of a track that left the old CN Dunnville Subdivision around Mitchell Street to the north to a lumnber store. I remember the track was still in place in the 1990's, but was covered over by pavement after that in 2001 when the walking path was built on the old line ROW.

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(2012)

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(2012)

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(2012)


     These photos are of the old lead into the Inco plant at the east end of the property along Durham Street at Reuter Road in Port Colborne.

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Looking West
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