CN OAKVILLE SUBDIVISION

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-NS RUNNING RIGHTS: HAMILTON TO HAMILTON WEST | VIA RUNNING RIGHTS
AMTRAK RUNNING RIGHTS | CP RUNNING RIGHTS

Present timetable listing for this line:

CN ~ OAKVILLE SUBDIVISION
DECEMBER 1, 2007 - PRESENT

MILE
Burlington West
(Jct. with CN Halton Subdivision)
32.2
Aldershot East33.3
Waterdown34.3
Snake36.3
Bayview
(Jct. with CN Dundas Subdivision)
36.9
Hamilton Jct.
(Jct. with CP Hamilton Subdivision)
37.3
Hamilton
(Jct. with CN Grimsby Subdivision)
39.3

Traffic movement on this line:

     CTC Territory - Signaled movement between USRC in Toronto and Mile 39.3.


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 32.0 (Burlington West) : This is the Jct. of the CN Halton Subdivision to the CN Oakville Subdivision. It is up where the CN Oakville Subdivision and Plains Road East are located in Burlington.

     Mile 32.2 (Jct. with Halton Subdivision) : Though the TT states that the CN Halton Subdivision junctions at this point, it is still Burlington West to railfans. Most freight trains take the CN Halton Subdivision to and from, to access Mac Yard up near Toronto.

     Mile 33.3 (Aldershot East) : If I am not mistaken, this is at King Road. It is the east end of Aldershot yard.

     Mile 34.6 (Aldershot) : I haven't beet to this location, but I presume it is in the middle of the yard.

     Mile 35.2 (Aldershot West) : Aldershot West is at the west end of Aldershot yard. Aldershot West is located about a 1/4 mile west of Howard Road, which ends at track side.

     Mile 36.9 (Bayview) : This is southern Ontario's best place to watch all sorts of train. Both passenger and freight, like the above places, both can also been seen elsewhere, but this is the Jct. of the CN Dundas and CN Oakville Subdivisions, plus the Jct. of the CP Hamilton Subdivision over yonder. A few CP trains can be seen crossing over to CN at this point.

     Mile 37.3 (Hamilton Jct.) : Hamilton Jct. is the actual location where CP trains cross over to CN.

     Mile 39.3 (Hamilton) : This is at Hamilton, just around the bend at the tip of Hamilton Harbour.


Operations on this line:

     The CN Oakville Subdivision runs between Toronto and Hamilton. This Subdivision is CN's main line south of Toronto, which supplies rail traffic to the CN Grimsby Subdivision to the east and to the CN Dundas Subdivision to the west. The CN Dundas Subdivision begins at ns at CN Bayview Jct. The CN Grimsby Subdivision begins about a mile east of the SOR rail yard in Hamilton.
     About 65% of the traffic on the CN Oakville Subdivision heads west (away from Toronto), on the CN Oakville Subdivision bound for the CN Dundas Subdivision or vice - versa (from the CN Dundas Subdivision). The reason for this is because the traffic is bound for interchange with U.S. railroads in Chicago at several rail yards.
     One thing you have to keep in mind when watching trains on the CN Oakville Subdivision around Hamilton yard is to know the direction changes for trains around the harbour changes train direction. A train heading west on the CN Oakville Subdivision at mile 25 is a westbound train. But when the train passes through Hamilton Jct. at mile 37.8, the train is heading east, but the train is still westbound, until it enters onto the CN Grimsby Subdivision. Once on the CN Grimsby Subdivision, it is considered an eastbound train. This is also Vise-versa for trains heading onto the CN Oakville Subdivision from the CN Grimsby Subdivision.
     On a nice day, you are bound to find a few railfans hanging around CN Bayview Jct. or around the Aldershot Cold Storage next to Waterdown road beside the Aldershot VIA station.
     CP occasionally uses the CN Oakville Subdivision to access their CP Campa Subdivision or from the CP Canpa Subdivision to Hamilton Jct. because of the escarpment north of Hamilton towards CP Guelph Jct.
     On a good days train watching (8am to 6pm), there is a good chance you will see at least 25 - 30 trains. Of that 6 of them are VIA Rail including 1 Amtrak in the mid morning heading for the CN Grimsby Subdivision. Later in the evening another Amtrak train heads for Toronto. During the very early morning at daybreak and dinner time during the week, GO Transit runs a few trains along the CN Oakville Subdivision between Toronto and Hamilton, VIA the CP Hamilton Subdivision at Hamilton Jct.
     There is also a yard at Aldershot next to the VIA station which allows freight trains to interchange cars between themselves for the reason that some trains will head eastward or westward from CN Bayview Jct. allowing any train to move the cars out or to Mac Yard.


Pictorial view of this line:

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     These photos are of the MOW trackage at Burlington West.

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