CP PAGE HERSEY SPUR

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

Traffic movement on this line:

     No trackage exists on this line.


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 0.0 (Jct. with CP Welland Industrial Lead) Plymouth Road, Welland : The CP Page Hersey Spur switch was once 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 Welland Pipe, formerly Page Hersey Works. It is located at the intersection of Plymouth Road-Dain Avenue and Ontario Road.


Operations on this line:

     The CP Page Hersey Spur was a short lead off of the CP Welland Industrial Lead, since at least the Welland Canal relocation project. Before that, as i have ween told by a couple of Welland residents is that before the Polish Community hall was put in, the line used to run directly along Ontario Road then cross at the intersection.
     Page Hersey is an old name relating to the operations on the Stelpipe plant in downtown Welland. It was once a line operated by the Penn Central, Conrail and then CP, though CP still owns it.
     As far back as my knowledge goes, Penn Central serviced this plant via the this Page Hersey Spur. When the buyout of Conrail's operations by CN and CP in 1986 in southern Ontario, CP exclusively took over operations on the Spur. All interchanges for Page Hersey Spur over the last many years were made through the interchange yard on the present trackage just north of CN Tunnelbridge on the CN Canal Spur.
     Before the early 1970's, this line came off of the CN Canal Spur and ran along the north side of Ontario Road, approximately 20 feet from the road and ran along Ontario Road until the intersection with Dain Avenue, where it crossed just prior to being torn out in 2003.
     The line was then realigned to run back to the CP Welland Industrial Lead approximately 100 feet or so north of Ontario Road and junction into the CP Welland Industrial Lead.
     During the mid 1990's, CP discontinued service to this business and gave the business to CN. CP wanted to give up servicing industries off of the CP Welland Industrial Lead, because it wasn't profitable.
     Back during CP services, a yard job out of CP Welland Yard, on of Riverside Drive (CP Welland yard), traveled the CP Welland Industrial Lead to Welland, across the old Welland Canal bridge to service the industries.
     CN was given the switching duties and provided them out of CN Welland Yard (Dain City Intermodal Yard). When Dain City closed, CN 549 service Page Hersey when ever required while in town on Wednesdays.
     The one thing to take note is that CP still owns the CP Welland Industrial Lead and the CP Page Hersey Spur. That is why you will not find any of CN's yellow emergency stickers on the equipment boxes beside the crossings.
     There was only one time I saw the CP yard job in downtown Welland. It was a coincidence, because I was just getting into trains in Welland and I wasn't prepared about the going-ons in the city with trains. I got the train at the King Street crossing the on the CP Welland Industrial Lead.
     During 1997, the CP Page Hersey Spur was off limits, due to a 7 month strike at the plant. The plant strike began in November 1996 and ended in mid 1997. Shortly after the strike ended, CN went in and got the empty cars left on the plant's property.
     I never saw any rail cars shipped out after that as I was told that it was cheaper to ship by truck to Hamilton and load the pipe on rail cars, then it was to load them on rail cars in Welland.
     In late May of 2003 Stelpipe placed their 45 ton locomotive out by the intersection of Dain Ave and Ontario Road for Trillium to remove it from site. Rail within the plant was entirely ripped out. I was told that the person/business that bought the rail from the plant also bought the locomotive.
     In late 2002 or in early 2003, Stelpipe began to ship by rail via truckloads by M. J. Jones trucking located at the former site of the Dain City Intermodal facility. M. J. Jones takes the pipe on flatbeds which were used to ship it out of the plant and placed into lumber cars and moved out by Trillium to TR Feeder yard where the CN local would then take them out with the interchange traffic from Trillium.
     On June 24, 2003, the Stelpipe unit was moved out of the plant shortly after 8am and placed out to the switch to the CP Welland Industrial Lead and I caught it sitting at the switch about 9:30am. I went home to get my bike and came back and by the time I got back, it had disappeared! Location at the time was unknown. I later found out a few days later it had been driven down to be stored at a plant at Montrose on the CP Montrose Subdivision. This unit later became ownership of Trillium and became their # 45 unit.
     The CP Page Hersey Spur was ripped up in/around August 7, 2003.
     While this line existed, I had the opportunity by just pure luck to catch CN and the Page Hersey unit out on the trackage outside of the gate. I had no idea of what was going on.
     On a few photos within the plant, you can see a piece of yellow steel beamed apparatus next to the tracks. This was installed to load the railcars, but I was told by a friend of mine who is now retired from there, that they bent the device shortly after it was installed. I guess the idea was abandoned.
     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 limitis 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 layed most of the ties and rail but hadn't yet put all of the spikes in.


Pictorial view of this line:

26 photos in gallery


Mile 0.00
Looking Northeast
(1998)

Mile 0.00
Looking Northeast
(2003)

Mile 0.00
Looking West
(1998)

Mile 0.00
Looking West
(2003)

Mile 0.15
Looking Northeast
(2003)

Mile 0.15
Looking Southwest
(1998)

Mile 0.15
Looking Southwest
(2003)

Mile 0.15
Looking Southwest
(2003)

Mile 0.20
Looking Northeast
(2003)

Mile 0.22
Looking Northeast
(1998)

Mile 0.22
Looking Northeast
(2003)

Mile 0.22
Looking Southwest
(1998)

Mile 0.30
Looking East
(1998)

Mile 0.30
Looking East
(2003)

Mile 0.30
Looking West
(2003)

Mile 0.35
Looking Northeast
(1998)

Mile 0.35
Looking Northeast
(2003)

Mile 0.35
Looking Northeast
(2003)

Mile 0.35
Looking Northeast
(2003)

Mile 0.35
Looking Northeast
(2003)

Mile 0.35
Looking Southwest
(1993)

Mile 0.35
Looking Southwest
(1997)

Mile 0.35
Looking Southwest
(2003)

Mile 0.35
Looking Southwest
(2003)

Mile 0.35
Looking Southwest
(2003)

Mile 0.40
Looking Southwest
(2003)


     These photos are of the former alignment of the Page Hersey Spur that at one time ran alon Ontario Road from the area of the Canal Spur to roughly mile 0.3 of the Page hersey Spur, which ran along Ontario Road in Welland, until about 1984. Around 1984, the Page Hersey Spur was relocated northeast-ward to connect to the CP Welland Industrial Lead, so that the Canadian Polish Hall could be built. The ROW would in these days run through the front parking lot of the Polish Hall, that has since become a medical building.
     Photos are shown from the west end of the old line to the east end.

6 photos in gallery


Mile 0.30
Looking East
(2013)

Mile 0.30
Looking West
(2013)

Looking East
(2013)

Looking East
(2013)

Looking West
(2013)

Looking West
(2013)