CN THOROLD SPUR & TR THOROLD SPUR

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-CN THOROLD SUBDIVISION
TR RUNNING RIGHTS: MILE 4.40 TO MILE 7.9

Present timetable listing for this line:

CN ~ THOROLD SPUR
SEPTEMBER 19, 1999 - PRESENT

MILE
Port Robinson
(Jct. with CN Stamford Subdivision)
1.3
Allanburg2.0
End Of Steel3.9

TR ~ THOROLD LINE
JULY 2001 - PRESENT

MILE
Roland
(Jct. with TR Canal Spur)
4.3
Thorold4.4
Merritton
(Jct. with CN Grimsby Subdivision)
7.6

Traffic movement on this line:

     Rule 105 (a) Territory - Not to exceed 10 mph on entire trackage.


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 1.3 (Port Robinson) : SNS Port Robinson, Port Robinson : Port Robinson is somewhat confusing when it comes to the CN Thorold Spur. It starts at mile 1.3, which happens to be at the east end of the wye at Port Robinson. It starts at the Interlocking signal at 233N on the CN Stamford Subdivision. Trains pass along this track all day, as it is shared as the main line of the CN Stamford Subdivision.

     Mile 2.0 (Allanburg) : Barron Road, Allanburg : The Allanburg milepost is located beside Barron Road in Allanburg. You can occasionally find a CN local on this line bound for the yard beside the former Dana plant at mile 3.2 .

     Mile 4.0 (Thorold Jct.) : Bridge 10, Thorold South : The Allanburg Bridge is now the end of the line for the CN Thorold Spur. It isn't known as "Allanburg Bridge', but the line used to cross at the bridge that once spanned across the Welland Canal. The bridge was known as Bridge 10 on the Welland Canal. It was removed in 1998 during the winter. I remember it being removed the winter after bridge 20 in Port Colborne was removed.

     Mile 4.4 (Thorold) : Just North of Bridge 10 : This is just a location where there was once small support yard. The yard is now gone. I remember seeing cars parked here when I first discover the tracks in Thorold around 1992.

     Mile 7.6 (Merritton) : Merritt Street, St. Catharines : Mile 7.6 is located at CN Merritton, where the CN Thorold Spur connects to the CN Grimsby Subdivision. It used to connect down west of the Merritt St. bridge, but in 2000 it was cut back to make way for the changes in the elevation the the main line under the bridge for all the double stack traffic than never became of.


Operations on this line:

     The CN Thorold Subdivision (Spur) hasn't seen much in rail traffic over the last couple of decades. The Thorold Subdivision back then was the line used for west bound traffic towards Hamilton, from Buffalo.
     The line used to (will explain in a minute)... connect Port Robinson directly to the CN Grimsby Subdivision at CN Glenridge. Train 549 and 564/569 traveled this rail line at one time.
     I believe 549 once traveled to CN Merritton this way until bridge 10 was removed. These days the CN local goes as far as the yard beside the former Dana plant which closed in 2007. The CN local continues to just interchange cars with Abitibi paper located in Thorold South. The Abitibi engine comes out to the yard to interchange, via the CN Coniagas Spur.      Because of the removal of Bridge 10, the CN Thorold Spur now has two parts. The west side of line is the TR Thorold Spur connected directly, as was before, to the TR Canal Spur.
     These changes also eliminated the CTC signals around bridge 10. The small 3 or 4 track yard on the TR Thorold Spur was also removed before Trillium took over operations. As you can see belong in a few photos around mile 4.5 or so switches are cut. I remember seeing cars there during the early 1990's.
   In September of 1999, Trillium began to operate on the CN Thorold Spur between the Jct. of the TR Canal Spur at Thorold and Merritton at the CN Grimsby Subdivision via the TR Canal Spur which connected at Thorold on the west side of the Welland Canal.
     There are no public roads to access this line from Holland Road south of Thorold, until you get up to Dock Road. Dock Road isn't marked but it is there, south of lock 7.
     There is a daily Trillium train that runs both ways along the TR Thorold Spur to and from Welland via the TR Canal Spur. The St. Catharines train heads to St. Catharines in the early to mid morning then returns to the Feeder area in the mid afternoon.
     The east side of the Thorold Spur ends at a bumper near the canal north of Hayes Road. There used to be a signal on the approach to the bridge but obviously it is gone these days. There was on located on the west side of the canal at the Jct. of the CN Canal Subdivision/Spur and CN Thorold Subdivision/Spur, but they were all removed prior to Trillium taking possession of the still existent trackage.
     I haven't mentioned much at all about Dana that used to be located on this line. Dana, when I began to railfan, was called Hayes Dana, which explains why there is a Hayes Road to the entrance of the plant. Dana built vehicle frames for trucks I believe. Possibly fir the Ford F series pickups, but I am not really sure. Sometime around 2000 for a few years they ceased to ship by rail and after that, they restarted to ship by rail until they shut down and moved either to the U.S. or Mexico. You will see a train at mile 2.4 below pulling several yellow frame cars. Those were destined for (Hayes) Dana.
     Some other things I have never mentioned, the CN Thorold Subdivision used to be double tracked in a few locations. Bridge 10 looked like originally had two tracks across the bridge or it was just built for 2 tracks, because I remember seeing a bumper on a track next to the CN Thorold Subdivision on the east side of the bridge. Also, I have seen video footage showing two tracks leading north along the west side of the Welland Canal up towards what railroaders in the area refer to as the rockcut along the Welland Canal. I remember seeing a map in the mid 1990's circa 1981 or so that showed one track curving left through the rockcut and across Glendale Avenue to connect to the CN Grimsby Subdivision, but there used to be another track that went straight through the bust and over top the CN Grimsby Subdivision and connected in with another track that still happens to exist into a plant on the east side of Glendale Avenue but on the north side of the tracks. That is why there are two grade crossings at this location. Below in the photos where the mileage is marked with '?', this was the old line that crossed over the CN Grimsby Subdivision. The bridge supports are still there.
     The only industry on this line within the CN side serves as a place to store cars for Abitibi Paper on the CN Coniagas Spur which Abitibi interchanges cars with CN. CN does not server the plant directly, though photos below show a CN locomotive. That time the unit was being borrowed from CN. Dana, originally Hayes Dana, built vehicle frames shut down the plant in mid 2007, was located just north of Hwy 20 in Allanburg.


Pictorial view of this line:

     These photos are of the CN Thorold Spur, which runs up to Allanburg.

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Mile 1.30
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(1998)

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Mile 1.45
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Mile 1.75
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Mile 1.99
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Mile 2.00
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Mile 2.40
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Mile 2.70
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Mile 2.70
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Mile 2.70
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(2014)

Mile 2.85
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(2011)

Mile 3.20
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(2011)

Mile 3.23
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(1992)

Mile 3.40
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(1999)

Mile 3.40
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(1999)

Mile 3.65
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Mile 3.65
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Mile 3.65
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Mile 3.65
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(2011)

Mile 3.65
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Mile 3.75
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(2011)

Mile 3.75
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Mile 3.85
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(1996)

Mile 3.85
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(2011)

Mile 3.85
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Mile 3.88
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Mile 3.88
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Mile 3.90
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(2011)

Mile 3.90
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Mile 3.90
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Mile 3.90
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     These photos are of the now abanonded section from the Welland Canal to the connection to what is now the TR Thorold Spur.

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Mile 3.94
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(2005)

Mile 3.94
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(2011)

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Mile 3.95
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Mile 3.95
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Mile 4.00
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Mile 4.25
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Mile 4.25
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     These photos are of the now TR Thorold Spur, on the west side of the Welland Canal, that runs up to Glendale Avenue in St. Catharines.
     During the spring of 2013, I became aware that the mile 4.7 mileage sign on the bridge in Thorold, on the Thorold Spur was not infact that, but rather mile 5.07ish, as mile 5.0 was truly to the south of the bridge.

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Mile 4.30
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(1996)

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(1996)

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Mile 4.40
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(2013)

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Mile 4.75
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Mile 5.00
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Mile 5.02
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Mile 5.30
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Mile 5.95
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(1996)

Mile 5.98
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Mile 6.00
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Mile 6.10
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Mile 6.10
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Mile 7.00
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(2013)

Mile 7.05
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Mile 7.10
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(1996)

Mile 7.10
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Mile 7.10
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Mile 7.15
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Mile 7.20
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Mile 7.25
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Mile 7.30
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Mile 7.30
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Mile 7.40
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Mile 7.40
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Mile 7.40
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Mile 7.42
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Mile 7.46
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Mile 7.51
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Mile 7.59
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Mile 7.61
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Mile 7.61
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Mile 7.62
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Mile 7.62
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(2013)

Mile 7.63
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Mile 7.65
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(2014)

Mile 7.65
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Mile 7.65
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Mile 7.65
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Mile 7.65
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     These photos are of track MM60, which is used to back onto the CN Grimsby Subdivision. It is a stub track.

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Looking East
(2000)

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     These photos are of the CN Thorold Connecting track that runs between CN Port Robinson West, on the CN Stamford Subdivision and CN Allanburg, on the CN Thorold Spur.

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Looking Southeast
(1996)

Looking Southeast
(1996)

Looking North
(2003)

Looking South
(2014)

Looking Southeast
(2003)


     This photo is of the old Hayes Dana yard at Hayes Road, on the CN Thorold Spur.

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Looking South
(2007)

Looking South
(2010)

Looking South
(2011)


     These photos are of the former overpass line that connected in along the Welland Canal in St. Catharines on the CN Thorold Subdivision and crossed over the CN Grimsby Subdivision and headed west, into CN Merritton yard.

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Looking North
(1999)

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