TR LAKESIDE LEAD

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-PC PAGE HERSEY SPUR | EX-CR PAGE HERSEY SPUR

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

PC ~ PAGE HERSEY SPUR
1967 - 1976

MILE
Jct. with PC Welland Industrial Lead0.0
Ontario & Dain Avenue0.35
CR ~ PAGE HERSEY SPUR
1976 - 1986

MILE
Jct. with CR Welland Industrial Lead0.0
Ontario & Dain Avenue0.35
CP ~ PAGE HERSEY SPUR
1986 - JUNE 2003

MILE
Jct. with CP Welland Industrial Lead0.0
Ontario & Dain Avenue0.35
CP ~ LAKESIDE LEAD
SEPTEMBER 2009 - PRESENT

MILE
Jct. with CR Welland Industrial Lead0.0
Ontario & Dain Avenue0.35

Traffic movement on this line:

     Rule 105 Territory.


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 0.0 (Jct. with CP Welland Industrial Lead) Plymouth Road, Welland : The CP Page Hersey Spur switch is located here, west of the old WX tower location of the former NYC/MC/PC Mainline. The switch was located behind the Polish Community Hall.

     Mile 0.35 (Welland Pipe) : Ontario Road at Dain Avenue, Welland : This was the entrance to the former Page Hersey Works. It is now Lakeside Steel. It is located at the intersection of Plymouth Road-Dain Avenue and Ontario Road.


Operations on this line:

     Note: This page has been listed as CP trackage since 2009 until Fall 2013, but I found out in October 2013 (though CP tore out the line in 2003) when it was the CP page Hersey Spur, it was Trillium who at some point in time took over ownership of the ROW and is the one who owns the old CP ROW.
     Though this is the old CP Page hersey Spur ROW, in 2009, when the line was rebuilt, it was then ownership of Trillium, or at a period after the line was rebuilt in 2009. I do not knowq the exact details.
     I was unaware that the property had changed hands.

     The Lakeside Lead is of the same ROW the former CP Page Hersey Spur was, which previously was removed in 2003. Lakeside Steel took over the former Stelco Page Hersey, after the turn of the 21st century when Stelco was liquidating property.
     For a period of time Lakeside Steel was trucking the pipe to Dain City to be placed on lumber cars, to be take out of Niagara.
     On July 29, 2009, I was informed that this line was being prepared to be reinstated. A bulldozer travelled the old R.O.W. and there were orange marker-stakes present along the outer limits of the line's old trackage.
     I was informed on August 11th 2009, that a CP subcontractor was beginning to relay the ties and rail one by one, and on August 12th 2009 I returned to the scene and they had laid most of the ties and rail but hadn't yet put all of the spikes in.
     I followed the progress of the re-installation of the trackage, exactly where it used to lay, but within the plant property, the trackage may have changed. I never exactly knew the entire layout.
     I stopped following the progress of the installation in mid September, as it was obscured by pipe laying along the fence along Ontario Road and the buildings had also obscured everything.
     In mid August, I went to the local newspaper with information they hadn't learned and was told by one of the reporters to go and take some photos of the progress of the re-installation. On August 15, 2009, my photo showed up in the Welland Tribune.
     In the April 17, 2012 copy of the Welland Tribune, an announcement was made that the name of Lakeside Steel had been changed to Energex Steel.
     On March 25, 2014, I learned that Energex was closing the plant, and within 2 months the plant would be idle.
     Passing by the plant at the end of the April 2014, I noticed that a pile of stone had been placed along the base of the gate to of the rail entrance to the plant. The day I posted this comment, I found out that switching at Energex ended during the week of April 20, 2014.

Photo of the re-installment of the trackage.August 2009.

      On August 26, 2010, I went down to photograph TR 1859 as expected on the CP Lakeside Lead and noticed something new. Since the re-installation of this line in 2009, the traffic signals weren't tied in with the train being on the Ontario Road/Dain Avenue/Plymouth Road crossing,. Lights continued to cycle through their ways. But, a new key switch had been recently been installed on the northeast corner of the crossing. I asked and found out that it had been installed around mid August 2010. I have also been told that a key key is turned manually for now, on the post on the approach of the train to the intersection, to force all traffic lights to turn red. When the train has cleared the crossing, the key was put back to the normal direction. I have also been told that they plan to incorporate the signals back into the bond wire circuit at some point in time, as it used to be with the existence of the former CP Page Hersey Spur.
     Switching can be done here anytime between 10am and 2pm. I've heard they may go in twice a day.


Pictorial view of this line:

55 photos in gallery


Mile 0.00
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