TR TOWNLINE SPUR

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-NS&T MAIN LINE | EX-CN TOWNLINE SPUR

A look at the present timetable listings for this line:

TR ~ TOWNLINE SPUR
SEPTEMBER 19, 1999 - 2008

MILE
Start Of TR Townline Spur
(Jct. with TR Grantham Spur)
1.78
Abott Street2.10
Oakdale Avenue2.29
Crossing over CN Grimsby Subdivision2.40
Chestnut Street West2.56
Glendale Avenue2.84
Merritt Street2.91
Bessey Street2.95
Townline Road3.86
Dunn Street3.90
Welland Street North3.91
Peter Street3.96
Carlton3.98
Merritt Street4.06
Front Street4.08
Front Street - Private Siding4.15

Traffic movement on this line:

     Rule 105 Territory - Not to exceed 15 mph on entire trackage.


Points of interest along this line:

     As the line has now been closed due to arson of one of the bridges on this line, the line is now closed until further notice.


Operations on this line:

          The TR Townline Spur is part of the old NS&T Main Line. I believe it was part of the old Welland Division.
          These days, as did before, the TR Townline Spur leaves the TR Grantham Spur, south of Lincoln Street in St. Catharines and heads south over the former property of Domtar and crossed over top of Oakdale Avenue and the CN Grimsby Subdivision. The line then continues south down across Glendale Avenue which happened to be re-aligned in 2006, once Domtar was torn down and Glendale Avenue is now a direct 4way intersection with Merritt Street. Merritt Street is the same street as Hartzel Road, but they are broken down into different segments, just as Ormond Street is the same street as these, but located at the top of the escarpment in Thorold.
          After crossing Glendale Avenue, the line crosses Merritt Street and heads up the Niagara Escarpment into Thorold to the one paper industry. I don't know what the name is these days. It was once Kimberly Clark. CN 549 used to service this plant until 1999, but Trillium now does the switching when required.
          Trillium has a caboose of which they use to take to St. Catharines for servicing his industry, because they required a member of the crew to be on the end of the train because they had to back down the escarpment back down to the switch to the TR Grantham Spur.
          In March or April of 2007, somebody set fire to the Abbott St. bridge located about mile 2.1 on the TR Townline Spur and from that day on, Trillium has ceased operations on this line. I was informed that someone rode the last stranded car down the hill applying the brakes as required. I don't know if the line will ever be reopened.
          I believe it was in March 2008, the Townline Spur was given back to CN between the Abbott Street overpass and I believe Merritt Street crossing just south of Glendale Avenue, for CN's disposal.
          As it wasn't until August 2010 that I was able to get to St. Catharines to take a look at this line that I saw that the switch to the line was removed since then, from 2008. So with no switch, I moved this page to the abandonded section of trackage, though as of 2010 some rail is still in plave on the line within the high grass.
          Near the end of November 2011, I was made aware that the bridge over Oakdale Avenue was going to take place on Tuesday November 29, 2011. Photos taken at mile 2.29 in 2011 were taken the day before the bridge was taken out.


Pictorial view of this line:

222 photos in gallery

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| 1 - 2 | 2 - 3 | 3 - 4 | 4 - 5 |


Mile 1.78
Looking Northwest
(2006)

Mile 1.78
Looking Northwest
(2010)

Mile 1.78
Looking North
(2014)

Mile 1.78
Looking South
(1996)

Mile 1.78
Looking South
(2006)

Mile 1.78
Looking South
(2010)

Mile 1.78
Looking South
(2013)

Mile 1.78
Looking South
(2014)

Mile 1.80
Looking North
(2006)

Mile 1.80
Looking North
(2014)

Mile 1.80
Looking South
(2006)

Mile 1.80
Looking South
(2013)

Mile 1.90
Looking North
(2006)

Mile 1.90
Looking North
(2012)

Mile 1.90
Looking South
(2006)

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| 1 - 2 | 2 - 3 | 3 - 4 | 4 - 5 |


     These are additional photos taken of the demo of the area at the Abbott St. and Oakdale Ave. bridges on the line.
     I didn't want to overwhelm the first gorup of photos.

22 photos in gallery


Mile 2.10
(2011)

Mile 2.10
Looking Northeast
(2011)

Mile 2.10
Looking Northeast
(2011)

Mile 2.10
Looking Northeast
(2011)

Mile 2.10
Looking Northeast
(2011)

Mile 2.10
Looking Southeast
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking Northwest
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking Northwest
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking Northwest
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking Northwest
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking North
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking North
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking Northeast
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking South
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking Southwest
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking Southwest
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking Southwest
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking West
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking West
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking West
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking West
(2011)

Mile 2.29
Looking West
(2011)


     These photos are of the one stub track that heads off of the TR Townline Spur, along the old Kimberley-Clark paper plant in Thorold. I have never seen a single car on this track.

15 photos in gallery


Looking North
(2012)

Looking North
(2013)

Looking North
(2013)

Looking North
(2013)

Looking North
(2013)

Looking North
(2013)

Looking North
(2013)

Looking North
(2013)

Looking South
(1996)

Looking North
(2013)

Looking South
(2012)

Looking South
(2012)

Looking North
(2012)

Looking North
(2012)

Looking North
(2012)