CN FORT ERIE SOUTH SPUR

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-NW & NS RUNNING RIGHTS / EX-CN DUNNVILLE SUBDIVISION

Present timetable listing for this line:

CN ~ FORT ERIE SOUTH SPUR
1985 - PRESENT

MILE
Fort Erie Yard
(Jct. with CN Stamford Subdivision)
0.0
Central Avenue0.5
Gilmour Road1.0
End Of Steel1.59

Traffic movement on this line:

     Rule 105 Territory - Not to exceed 10 mph on entire trackage.


Points of interest along this line:

Mile 0.0 : Fort Erie Yard, Fort Erie : Mile 0.0 is located at the beginning of the west leg of the wye now, because the east leg of the original line was removed in 1985. This general area is a great place to see trains enter and leave Canada, via the CN Stamford Subdivision. You will see CN and CP and the odd NS train come across. Please note this is only the location of the old line and the trains obviously don't travel the CN Fort Erie South Spur on there travels across the border in either direction.

     Mile 0.5 : Warren Street, Fort Erie : The Central Avenue vehicle bridge passes directly over the location of the old east leg of the CN Dunnville Subdivision, CN Stamford Subdivision and former CP Fort Erie Subdivision and a Fort Erie yard lead pass here.

     Mile 1.0 : Gilmour Road, Fort Erie : This is where Green Forest Lumber was once located. This was CN's sole business on the line. This is why I believe this part of the old CN Dunnville Subdivision existed after the other locations were removed. Switching was usually done during the middle of the night, as I once witnessed.


Operations on this line:

     The CN Fort Erie South Spur is the eastern most segment of the old CN Dunnville Subdivision. Around 1985, CN ripped up the majority of the CN Dunnville Subdivision. Approximately 1.5 miles from Fort Erie - westward still exists. This segment trackage is what this page is about.
     All that remains these days in the Fort Erie is the west leg of the Jct. to the CN Stamford Subdivision via the Fort Erie yard trackage. The east leg was removed years ago, which connected in at the International bridge.      Don't get confused of what still only remains of the CN Dunnville elsewhere. The old original CN Dunnville Subdivision still exists between Caledonia and Brantford as mile 18.5 or so to mile 35.1 of the Southern Ontario Railway Hagersville Subdivision. There is one other section of the old line in service. It is INCO's Macey Spur of about 0.2 miles on the east side of the Welland Canal in Port Colborne and Trillium's portion which is about 2 miles on the west side of the Welland Canal. Trillium's portion is now part of the TR Harbour Line.
     The CN Fort Erie South Spur used to after what was left over from the CN Dunnville Subdivision, have one industry. This industry was a lumber yard. It closed in late in 2000 or early 2001. I rarely went to Fort Erie, so I don't exactly know.
     I don't believe this line serves any purpose as there is no rail service to the occupant of the property these days. I have seen on occasion 330/331 power up at the Jct. of the wye to the CN Stamford Subdivision.
     Since writing above, in regards to the line being about 1.5 miles in length, I believe the line has been shortened a bit to about a total of 1.2 miles in length.
     I believe I witnessed the end of track back in late 2006, though I really don't know when this occurred.
     I'm not entirely sure if this is true or not, but in March 2013, I was informed by another railfan that this line was marked entirely as being closed. This make sence, as both idustried are now closed. Time will only tell if this line reopens, if one of the two industries reopens.


Pictorial view of this line:

33 photos in gallery


Mile 0.10
Looking Northwest
(1998)

Mile 0.10
Looking Northwest
(2013)

Mile 0.10
Looking Southeast
(1998)

Mile 0.25
Looking Northwest
(2013)

Mile 0.25
Looking Southeast
(2013)

Mile 0.50
Looking Northwest
(1998)

Mile 0.50
Looking Northwest
(2009)

Mile 0.50
Looking Northwest
(2013)

Mile 0.50
Looking North
(2009)

Mile 0.50
Looking North
(2013)

Mile 0.50
Looking South
(1998)

Mile 0.50
Looking South
(2009)

Mile 0.50
Looking South
(2009)

Mile 0.50
Looking South
(2014)

Mile 0.65
Looking Southwest
(2013)

Mile 0.70
Looking Southwest
(2009)

Mile 0.85
Looking Northwest
(1998)

Mile 0.85
Looking Southwest
(1998)

Mile 1.01
Looking Northwest
(1997)

Mile 1.01
Looking Northwest
(2009)

Mile 1.01
Looking Northwest
(2013)

Mile 1.01
Looking East
(2009)

Mile 1.01
Looking East
(2014)

Mile 1.01
Looking Southwest
(1997)

Mile 1.01
Looking Southwest
(1997)

Mile 1.01
Looking Southwest
(2009)

Mile 1.01
Looking Southwest
(2013)

Mile 1.01
Looking West
(2009)

Mile 1.01
Looking West
(2011)

Mile 1.18
Looking Northwest
(2009)

Mile 1.18
Looking Southwest
(2009)

Mile 1.59
Looking Southwest
(1997)

Mile 1.65
Looking Northwest
(1997)