TR WEST WELLAND LEAD

TRACKSIDE GUIDE & PHOTOS

EX-NS&T WELLAND SUBDIVISION | EX-CN FONTHILL SUBDIVISION
EX-CN WEST WELLAND SPUR

Present timetable listing for this line:

TR ~ WEST WELLAND SPUR
SEPTEMBER 19, 1999 - PRESENT

MILE
Jct. with CP Welland Industrial Lead1.02
Trackage runs in two parts to two Ends of Track.
See map below.
1.97

Map of the West Welland Spur

Traffic movement on this line:

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


Points of interest along this line:

     Mile 1.02 : Prince Charles Drive, Welland : This is the location of the Jct. with the CP Welland Industrial Lead. I believe the Welland West Spur begins with mile 1.02 because that is the distance from the Jct. of the CP Welland Industrial to the TR Canal Spur.

     Mile 1.97 : Lincoln Street, Welland : At this location is the end of the yard trackage beside Vesuvius. This is the yard where CN/NS&T interchanged to the TH&B prior to 1971. Before 1971, this track led around the west leg of a wye to TH&B's old Coyle yard on Riverside Drive.


Operations on this line:

     I've never quiet understood why this line begins at mile 1.02. I heard it includes 1.02 miles from the connection via the CP Welland Industrial Lead at the CN Canal Spur; (TR Canal Spur now). The West Welland Spur leads off of the CP Welland Industrial Lead.
     The West Welland Spur from the switch at mile 1.02 to mile 1.2 was put in around 1981 when CN abandoned the bridge over the Welland River, next Colbeck Drive. This like from mile 1.2 to mile 1.61ish is part of the old NS&T Welland Division along Prince Charles Drive.
     The industry on this line is Vesuvius, formerly Premier Refractories and CE Refractories. This company manufactures fire retardant products. The yard beside the plant is the former NS&T - TH&B interchange yard which was used back in the 1930's to the early 1970's, until TH&B's Coyle yard was removed, and relocated to the present day location of the CP Welland yard on the CP Hamilton Subdivision, in Wainfleet.
     Trillium ownership begins at mile 1.02 as did CN's. CN and present Trillium just has exclusive running rights on the CP Welland Industrial Lead,across bridge 15, to access the West Welland Spur.
     Switching of Vesuvius is sometimes done once or twice a week if needed. When ever I ever witness trains on this line they back west on the CP Welland Industrial Lead, off of the TR Canal Spur and continue west over bridge 15 and pass under the Prince Charles Drive overpass, to the switch to the TR West Welland Spur, then heading northward along Prince Charles Drive and then back into the yard beside the plant and back into Vesuvius.
     This saves them from running around their train, and the fact that the other few tacks in that yard are unused and buried in the weeds.
     I was informed one day in early 2012, that Trillium doesn't allow 1859 unit on this line due to the trucks on this locomotive and the curvature of the trackage.
     I have come to learn during the Spring of 2013, that this line after 1960 didn't exist south of the switch (for obvious reasons) along Vesuvius by what is now mile 1.55, southward.
     Vesuvius, which in the 1990's was once called CE Fractories and them Premier Refractories must have been built after the mid 1970's. This leads me to believe the track from the north (when it was the NS&T Welland Division) was cut out and lifted after 1960, from mile 1.55 of this line southward.
     The Welland River bridge to the north a mile or so by Colbeck Dr, was abandonded during October 1981.
Therefore when Vesuvius at the time of 1981, the line was rebuilt in a weird arc shape off of the old ROW, closer to the plant along Prince Charles Drive and connecting into the original ROW was where the factory entrance is at Prince Charles Drive.
     The new ROW continued back onto the original ROW to the bend at the south by mile 1,18ish where in 1981 it was built to connect in with CP. (Conrail at the time). So in brief, the track did not exists south of mile 1.55 after 1960, until 1981 when it was rebuilt partially on a new ROW til the factory entrance and onto the original ROW. I think this was not placed onto the original ROW in 1981 because of hydro poles that had been place, or because of the swtch arc angle that was required to to lead safely south throufh the switch.      I am led to believe why there was a 3 track yard was so that NS&T could interchange with TH&B and deliberately not with the Grand Trunk. I believe there is some rail on that overgrown trackage marked 1924.
     In my 2013 photos, you will see the overgrown trackage on the yard beside vesuvius. I found out in late April 2013, some of that rail is 80lb and 100lb jointed with those specaled bars, and 80lb is not strong enough for traffic these days. I think this yard wasn't put in until the mid 1910's.


Pictorial view of this line:

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Mile 1.02
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     These photos are of the lead into the Vesuvius plant, on the south side of the 3 track yard.

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Looking Northeast
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     These photos are of the old wye, located at the northwest end of the trackage, behind the plant. It used to connect in behind the former TH&B Coyle yard that was torn out in the early 1970's.

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Looking Southeast
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