TR GOVERNMENT SPUR & TR ADM MILLING LEAD

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-CN GOVERNMENT SPUR & ADM MILLING LEAD

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

TR ~ GOVERNMENT SPUR
SEPTEMBER 19, 1999 - PRESENT

MILE
Fielden Jct.
(Jct. with TR Harbour Line)
0.0
Fielden St.0.03
Clarence Street0.13
Charlotte Street0.21
Kent St.0.28
Ash St.0.40
Sugarloaf Street0.52
Elm St.0.53
Jct. with ADM Milling Lead0.65
End Of Steel1.15

Traffic movement on this line:

     Rule 105 Territory - Not to exceed 15 mph on entire trackage.


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 0.0 : This is the switch to the TR Harbour Line. Trillium pulls west past the switch and backs down the TR Government Spur to service the two grain elevators.

     Mile 0.03 - 0.40 : Between these mileages, the line crosses a few side streets. Clarence Street is a major street that crosses over the Welland Canal.

     Mile 0.52/0.53 : From here, you are looking down into the harbor towards the two elevators. There is a slight track grade to the elevators.

     Mile 0.65 : This is the Jct. to the ADM Milling Lead. It isn't to well defined but it just runs off of the yard.

     Mile 1.15 : This is the Government Grain Elevator. It is the elevator located on the west side of the docking area.


Operations on this line:

     The TR Government Spur leads off of the former CN Dunnville Subdivision in Port Colborne which is now the Trillium's Harbour Line in downtown Port Colborne, located on the west side of the Welland Canal.
     The Government Spur leads down to the Goderich Grain Elevator and ADM Milling at Sugarloaf Harbour on Lake Erie.
     When CN serviced these businesses, prior to the transfer of the three lines in Port Colborne. It was a once per week scheduled service, which usually happened late Sunday nights.
     If I recall correctly, the Government Spur, when it was CN, didn't received any service over the winter from 1996 into June of 1997, because bridge 20 was being taken down and the extension of Trillium's new TR Harbourline had yet been completed.
     Once Trillium took over the rails on the west side of Port Colborne, the industries saw daily service whenever they require such service.
     Trillium usually service Port Colborne on weekdays but if an industry makes a special request, Trillium will come out and give them service.
     There are some times during the year that the TR Government Spur doesn't see service to the industries. This is due to the industries not requiring service.
     I don't know about the origin of when the Government Spur was built, but I believe it may have been there ever since the old CN Dunnville Subdivision was built. Possibly this was during the 1870's or early 1900's.
     Trillium at times has a third unit down at the harbour I believe at ADM Milling to move cars around at the mill. The loco will usually stay there all day.
     The ADM Milling Lead runs off of the Government Spur at the yard about mid point south of the top of the hill at Sugarloaf Street. The ADM Milling Lead goes to the elevator on the east side now referred to as Maple Leaf Mill.
     I have learned that back in the 1950's or 1960's, there was a track that led off of the former CN Government Spur a few blocks up from Sugarloaf Street. The track led off to the east about a block at the most. It was taken out several years ago, possibly in the late 1970's.
     Activity on the TR Government Spur seems more active during different seasons of the year. The line is used exclusuvely more moving grain. Based on the knowledge, that may help out on when find the train down here.
     Trillium usually always pulls west past the switch on the TR Harbour Line at TR Fielden Jct. and backs down towards Sugarloaf Harbour, protecting the xings by a crew member at Elm St. and the other xings to Sugarloaf Street.
     I am led to believe that the Government Sput was built sometime by the NS&T sometime in the 1920's or 1930's.


Pictorial view of this line:

     These photos are of the Goverment Spur.

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Mile 0.00
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(2003)

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(2011)

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(2000)

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Mile 0.01
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(1996)

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Mile 0.13
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Mile 0.13
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Mile 0.13
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Mile 0.19
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(2003)

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Mile 0.21
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Mile 0.21
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Mile 0.26
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(2003)

Mile 0.28
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(2011)

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(2013)

Mile 0.28
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Mile 0.28
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Mile 0.28
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Mile 0.28
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Mile 0.28
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Mile 0.28
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(May 2012)

Mile 0.28
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(2011)

Mile 0.35
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(1996)

Mile 0.40
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(2003)

Mile 0.40
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(2011)

Mile 0.40
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(2013)

Mile 0.40
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(2011)

Mile 0.40
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(1996)

Mile 0.40
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(2003)

Mile 0.40
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(2011)

Mile 0.40
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(2013)

Mile 0.40
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(2011)

Mile 0.45
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(1996)

Mile 0.50
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(2003)

Mile 0.53
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(1996)

Mile 0.53
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(2011)

Mile 0.53
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(2011)

Mile 0.53
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Mile 0.53
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Mile 0.53
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Mile 0.53
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(2011)

Mile 0.53
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(2011)

Mile 0.53
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Mile 0.53
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(2014)

Mile 0.53
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(1996)

Mile 0.53
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(2011)

Mile 0.53
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Mile 0.53
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(2014)

Mile 0.60
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(2009)

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Mile 0.60
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(1997)

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(2011)

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(2013)

Mile 0.66
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(2011)

Mile 0.66
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(2011)

Mile 0.68
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(2013)

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Mile 0.70
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(2009)

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Mile 0.80
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(2011)

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(2011)

Mile 0.90
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(2009)

Mile 0.95
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(2009)

Mile 1.05
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(2011)

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(2011)

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Mile 1.05
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Mile 1.05
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Mile 1.05
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(2011)

Mile 1.05
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(2011)

Mile 1.05
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(2013)

Mile 1.10
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(2014)

Mile 1.15
Looking Southwest
(2015)


     These photos are of the ADM Milling Lead.

28 photos in gallery


Mile 0.00
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(2009)

Mile 0.00
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(2011)

Mile 0.00
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(1997)

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(2011)

Mile 0.50
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(2011)

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(2011)

Mile 0.60
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(1998)

Mile 0.60
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Mile 0.60
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(2009)

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Mile 0.60
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(2011)

Mile 0.61
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(2012)

Mile 0.62
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(2011)

Mile 0.75
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(2011)

Mile 0.75
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(2012)

Mile 0.75
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(2013)

Mile 0.75
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(2011)

Mile 0.75
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(2013)

Mile 0.75
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(2011)

Mile 0.75
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(2012)

Mile 0.75
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(2013)

Mile 0.75
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(2011)

Mile 0.75
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(2013)

Mile 0.75
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(2014)

Mile 0.80
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(2011)