TR HARBOURLINE

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX NS&T WELLAND DIVISION
EX-CN PORT COLBORNE SPUR & ROBIN HOOD LEAD

A look at the present timetable listings for this line:

TR ~ HARBOUR LINE
SEPTEMBER 19, 1999 - PRESENT

MILE
Forks Jct.
(Jct. with TR Canal Spur)
0.0
Sherwood Forest
(Jct. with TR Robin Hood Lead)
3.5
Fielden Jct.
(Jct. with TR Government Spur)
5.2
Macey5.9
End Of Steel7.1

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 (Jct. with TR Canal Spur) : Forks Road West, Dain City : This is the Jct. switch between TR's Canal Spur and TR's Harbour Line. It is located just north of Forks Road West in Dain City. This a great place to catch the train SB coming up to the Forks Road crossing.

     Mile 0.2 : Forks Road West, Dain City : This is Forks Road.

     Mile 1.9 : Elm Street, Port Colborne : At Mile 1.9 is Elm Street. The line runs along Elm Street about 100 feet from Elm Street. At Mile 1.9 of the TR Harbour Line, the line curves east and crosses Elm street on a slightly graded hill. The line heads EB for about four tenths of a mile then heads south along the west side of the old Welland Canal waterway.

     Mile 3.2 : Barrick Road, Port Colborne : Barrick Road is located here. Barrick Road is a dead end. The track runs across Barrick Road at the eastern most end of the Road. This is a great place again to photograph the TR train.

     Mile 3.9 : Sherwood Forest, Port Colborne : Before mentioning this location, Robin Hood Multi-foods is serviced by rail. They are service on a regular business day, except weekends. Now, at Mile 4.0 is Hwy 3 (Main Street). I don't really believe this is a very accurate mileage. I think it should be Mile 4.15. You can catch the train here but the angle is sharp.

     Mile 4.8 : Princess Street, Port Colborne : This is the Jct. switch to the old Dunnville Subdivision trackage. This stretch of rail between mile 3.9 and 5.0 is new trackage put down since Bridge 20 was removed.


Operations on this line:

     The TR Harbour Line was formerly the CN Port Colborne Spur and is one of the newer Subdivisions in the Niagara Region. I believe it was built 1985, from the remnants of the old NS&T trackage that went to Port Colborne.
     The line changes in 1985 were built to exclusively provide service to Robin Hood Multifoods and Casco (Canada Starch Company) when the CN Elm St. Spur was ripped up which led off of the old Dunnville Subdivision in Port Colborne.
     The TR Harbour Line as just mentioned was built as the CN Port Colborne Spur when CN pulled up the track leading from the old Dunnville Subdivision in the heart of Port Colborne northward up the CN Elm St. Spur. The 'CH' yard map on my yard maps/trackage page shows this old trackage.
     Originally before, the line to Robin Hood Multi-foods was serviced from the south, via the CN Elm St. Spur. The line continued up Elm Street all the way to the CN Canal Subdivision (Spur now), just north of Forks Road in Dain City. This was the NS&T line originally (trackage of Elm St. Spur).
     At Sherwood Forest Lane, there was once a lead off of the NS&T into Robin Hood Multifoods.
     During the late 1980's, 1990s, up to June 1997, CN 569/564/567 supplied service to the above two mentioned businesses during the mornings, though I do remember 569 crossing Elm Street in Port Colborne during the late afternoons. The train seemed to never have more than 15 cars going to or from the businesses. Trillium handles a lot more cars down the TR Harbour Line now at times especially when it is grain season.
     When the TR Harbour Line (Port Colborne Spur) was built, the line used partial layout south to the existing NS&T trackage as far as the Elm St. land Fill site (garbage dump), where it was built in 1985 to cross Elm St. and head east then south, crossing at the eastern most end of Barrick Road and finally connecting with the existing 3 track Sherwood yard beside Robin Hood Multifoods. The yard has since been dropped down to a passing track.
     During the early months of 1997, the extension of the TR Harbour Line (Port Colborne Spur) was put in by several contractors, directed by CN officials. The line was built from the south end of the old 3 track yard, down along the west side of the 'weir' as it is known to people in Port Colborne. The line then was joined into the old Dunnville Subdivision trackage (Macey Spur) old CN Port Colborne station on the Macey Spur at mile 1.5.
     On June 24, 1997, the CN Port Colborne Spur changed ownership from CN to the new shortline, Trillium. The shortline became known as "The Port Colborne Harbour Railway", then just known as Trillium a few years later in 1999.
     The line would extend from the CN Canal Spur in Dain City to the old CN station in Port Colborne in 1997.
     The interchange for this new railroad became located at CN's 'WH' yard beside Forks Road in Dain City because Trillium didn't have exclusive rights to the CN Canal Spur.
     The Robin Hood Lead that services Robin Hood Multi-foods runs off of the TR Harbour Line and ex Port Colborne Spur at Robin Hood Multifoods. *-) The Lead is .04 miles in length. Please see the picture at mile 3.5 for a picture of the Hood Lead.
     Before the Port Colborne Harbour Railway took over the line, CN serviced the CN Port Colborne Spur Mondays to Saturdays.

     Trackage extention...
     The extension of the CN Port Colborne Spur was planned during the Summer and Fall of 1996, when the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority decided it was too costly to upkeep bridge 20's maintenance. At first CN and the SLSA were in a confrontation with each other over the problem that the SLSA had to supply access across the Welland Canal, because the SLSA built the bridge in 1927. Finally they both decided they would remove bridge 20.
     A new route was planned along the west side of the weir; (the old canal prior to 1971). At the end of January 1997 ground was broken south of Main Street West, in Port Colborne. Bulldozers worked steady clearing the land between Main Street West and Princess Street.
     Once the land was prepared, crews began digging beside the old CN station to place a water drainage system in the ground. As this was going on, other crews were ripping up the track that went up to Elm St., from the CN Port Colborne Spur's old section of line that hadn't been used in over 10 years. These tracks weren't used since the early 1980's when the CN Port Colborne Spur was built from the CN Canal Subdivision, west of Dain City. It took about a day to fully pull up the rails, fiche plates and ties. The ties and fiche plates were kept at the site for future use between Sherwood Forest and Main Street West.
     After the water drainage system was by the CN Station at Princess Street was complete, the track beside the station was bent around from the eastbound direction to the new northward direction where it was then placed all the way up to approximately 75 feet south of Main Street West.
     Next, Main Street West had to be dug up causing traffic congestion in both directions. Only half the road was done at one time. Some sort of support bridge was placed underground to support the weight of the train, due to pipes going underground across the weir bridge on Main Street West. At this time, May had arrived and the line was still not complete. The line continued across Main Street West only to stop about 2 feet over on the North side of the Street. It wasn't until the middle of June when the last remaining stretch of track still had to be laid. Over the weekend of June 21, 1997 the last part was placed continuing north to the End Of Steel beside Sherwood Forest.
     On June 25 at 11:03am the first Trillium train headed south across Forks Road on the TR Harbour Line. It was carrying cars for both Robin Hood Multifoods and Casco. The train was operated by CN. Once these businesses were serviced the train headed back to 'WH' yard on the CN Canal Spur in Dain City. Shortly after the TR train returned with only 6101 to Port Colborne.
     At 2:05pm the first trip south of Robin Hood Multifoods saw the new 1.1 miles of track go into service. A flag man was used to stop traffic at all of the crossings in Port Colborne that day. Probably because the old Dunnville Subdivision (Macey Spur) hadn't had a train on it in six months. Bridge 20 had been out of service for several months and that was the only way to the west side of Port Colborne's shoreline of the Government Spur.
     At 2:15pm the diesel arrived at the old CN station on King Street. Many people took photos of the diesel arriving in Port Colborne. About 15 minutes later the diesel (NYLE 6101) headed West on the old Macey Spur and onto Macey Yard where it stopped and returned to the station. After lunch (the crew on board hadn't eaten yet), the diesel continued west again down the Macey Spur to the switch leading onto the Government Spur. They traveled as far as Kent Street on the Government Spur where they had a major dip in the track.... That made the trip short, as they knew of the problem prior to the track test.
     During this day, Mr. Ettinger and his employees were building up the ground under the track. That was completed the same day.
     That is as far as they went that day with the diesel as the day had approached 5pm.
     The following day I was unable to get to Port Colborne...so I don't know what happened! *-).
     The track was probably tested down to ADM Milling and Goderich Grain Elevator at Sugarloaf Harbour on the following day. ADM Milling had cars waiting for several weeks, to be delivered to them.
     In September 1999, the TR Harbour Line was extended over the trackage of the old Dunnville Subdivision (Macey Spur) from mile 1.5 westward to Macey yard).
     On a visit to Port Colborne in May 2012 I noticed that some equipment was operating at the old Robin Hood plant. I found out in June 2012 that the plant was reopened after Smuckers closed the plant and the plant became Riverland Agriculture Ltd.
     In 2009, Trillium delivered about 300 railcars to the plant and the grain has slowly been trucked to other locations for its use.


Pictorial view of this line:

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     These photos are of the Robin Hood Lead, located off of the TR Harbourline, near the north end of Port Colborne.

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     These photos are of the TR Macey yard at the west end of Port Colborne.

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     This is the lead into the Citric Acid plant near the north end of Port Colborne.

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     These photos are of old CN Macey yard. Photos are located near the end of the TR Harbourline in west Port Colborne.

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