Last Train to Windsor Junction
Nova Scotia

Windsor & Hantsport Railway

Tuesday, 2 November 2010


On 2 November 2010, the last train operated a round trip over the Windsor Branch,
between Windsor and Windsor Junction.





Also see:
Train to New Minas, 15 June 2007
Train to New Minas, 22 June 2007
Train to New Minas, 27 June 2007


W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Garland's Crossing, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   9:02am
Mileage 29.11 of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to Windsor Junction crosses Highway 14,
a few minutes after departing Windsor.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Garland's Crossing, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   9:03am
Mileage 29.11 of the Halifax Subdivision
See location P1 on map below

The last train to Windsor Junction crosses Highway 14.
The light is poor because of the heavily overcast sky.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Garland's Crossing, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   9:03am
Mileage 29.11 of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to Windsor Junction has crossed Highway 14,
moving at a speed of about ten miles per hour (about 15 km/h).

This railway track, between Windsor Junction and Windsor, has been known for more than a hundred years as the "Windsor Branch".  For most of the twentieth century, continuing throughout the 1980s, this track was maintained to a standard that carried daily passenger trains scheduled at speeds of fifty miles per hour [80km/h].  The passenger trains ended on 15 January 1990, and since then this track has suffered from years of deferred maintenance with the result that, for the whole distance between Windsor Junction and Windsor, for the last few years it has been operated under a "slow order" – a railway term for a track speed limit – of ten miles per hour maximum, with some sections restricted to five miles per hour.


 

Brief History of the Windsor Branch

Land for the right-of-way between Windsor Junction and Windsor was expropriated by the Nova Scotia Government in the 1850s.  Construction commenced in 1855, and the railway line was completed and opened for regular traffic by the Windsor Branch Railway in 1858. 

In October 1873, this railway – the right-of-way and the track between Windsor and Windsor Junction – was taken over by the federal government (Order in Council 1873-1404, dated 22 October 1873).  Ever since that date this railway has been owned by an agency of the federal government, first the Intercolonial Railway, later the Canadian National Railway.

On 1 January 1914, this railway was leased for 99 years to the Dominion Atlantic Railway, (which itself had been leased for 999 years to the Canadian Pacific Railway).
— Source: 1969 Memorandum of General Information

At the time these photographs were taken, in 2010, the legal status of the right-of-way and the track between Windsor and Windsor Junction was
• (1) owned by the Canadian National Railway Company;
• (2) leased for 99 years (1914-2013) to the Dominion Atlantic Railway Company; which was
• (3) leased for 999 years (beginning in 1912) to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company.
• (4) The 99-year lease was transferred in August 1994 to the Windsor & Hantsport Railway when it bought the remnants of the Dominion Atlantic Railway.
(The 99-year lease expired on 31 December 2012.)

Discontinuance Notice: Windsor Branch
Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 5 February 2013, page C3




W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Five Mile Plains, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   9:07am
Mileage 28.19 of the Halifax Subdivision
See location P2 on map below

Traffic on Highway 1 has stopped for the approaching train.

This railway track, between Windsor Junction and Windsor, has been known for more than a hundred years as the "Windsor Branch".  Where does the "Halifax Subdivision" fit in?

Railways everywhere organize their tracks into subdivisions, with each subdivision covering roughly 50 to 100 miles of track.  This makes it easier to organize track maintenance, among other things.  The Dominion Atlantic Railway's main line track from Windsor Junction to Yarmouth was divided into three subdivisions:
• The Halifax Subdivision, 56.1 miles from Windsor Junction to Kentville,
• The Kentville Subdivision, 58.4 miles from Kentville to Annapolis Royal, and
• The Yarmouth Subdivision, 86.6 miles from Annapolis Royal to Yarmouth.
There was also:
• The Truro Subdivision, 56.9 miles between Windsor and Truro.

When the remnants of the DAR were sold to the Windsor & Hantsport Railway (W&HR), the new owner retained the old subdivision nomenclature, including the mileage designations of such trackage details as crossings and bridges.  This retention by a new owner, of the same subdivision mileage designations that were in effect at the time of the transfer, makes it easy to keep operations and records going in a orderly manner with a seamless continuity from one owner to another.

The mileages along the Halifax Subdivision were/are measured along the track centerline, beginning at the track switch that connected the DAR, and now connects the W&HR, main line track to the CN main line track at Windsor Junction.

The Windsor Branch includes the section of the Halifax Subdivision from mileage 0.0 at Windsor Junction to mileage 31.6, the east end of the Avon River Causeway at Windsor.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Five Mile Plains, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   9:07am
Mileage 28.19 of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to Windsor Junction enters the Highway 1 crossing.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Five Mile Plains, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   9:08am
Mileage 28.19 of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to Windsor Junction continues eastward, past Highway 1.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Five Mile Plains, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   9:15am
Mileage 26.78 of the Halifax Subdivision
See location P3 on map below

The last train to Windsor Junction enters the Green Street crossing.
Steve Spicer is driving.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Five Mile Plains, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   9:16am
Mileage 26.78 of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to Windsor Junction continues eastward, past Green Street.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

St. Croix, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   9:26am

The two locomotives WHRC 4079 and WHRC 1968 are both B23-7s painted Conrail blue.  (#4079 is former Nashville & Eastern, former NREX, former Norfolk Southern, former Conrail).


The large white pipe is the penstock carrying water under pressure to the Minas Basin Pulp & Power Company's St. Croix Generating Station.  When the original wood-stave penstock needed to be replaced, in the early 1980s, the Atlantic Bridge Company (ABCO) in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, designed, manufactured and installed the Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic Pipe that is seen here.  ABCO is now known as Reinforced Plastic Systems (RPS).





W&HR: Windsor Branch main line track, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   9:52am
Mileage 15.50 of the Halifax Subdivision

A view of the Windsor Branch main line track, as seen from the Highway 1 overpass.





W&HR: Windsor Branch main line track, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   9:52am
Mileage 15.50 of the Halifax Subdivision

A closer view (from the photograph above) showing one rail joint.

On this railway, two rails are joined end-to-end with a standard four-bolt joint, using two bolts through each rail.  This particular joint is serously defective – two bolts are missing from the west rail (the right-hand rail in this view).  Apparently this came about when a recent broken rail was removed and there was no rail immediately available that was long enough.  The available rail was spiked into the track, leaving a gap of about four inches [about 10cm] between the two rails.  A train could roll over this temporary joint with reasonable safety provided it moved at a very slow speed, as was done by this train.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   10:27am
The road crossing is at mileage 15.60 of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to Windsor Junction slows as it approaches the bad rail joint,
below the Highway 1 overpass.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   10:27am
Mileage 15.50 of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to Windsor Junction rolls over the bad rail joint
at reduced speed, a comfortable walking pace.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

South Uniacke, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   11:03am
Mileage 10.20 of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to Windsor Junction arrives at the South Uniacke crossing.

The "NREX" painted on the side of the locomotive
indicates  that  it  has  been  rebuilt  by  the
National Railway Equipment Company.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

South Uniacke, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   11:03am
Mileage 10.20 of the Halifax Subdivision

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th cars in last train to Windsor Junction.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

South Uniacke, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   11:03am
Mileage 10.20 of the Halifax Subdivision

The fourth car in the last train to Windsor Junction
is a covered hopper with reporting mark NDYX 516328, owned
by First Union Rail Corp., a subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company.
This car: Max Gross Weight: 286,000 pounds 129,500kg
Load Limit: 223,900 pounds 101,300kg

A photograph of NDYX 516328 at Webster Groves, Missouri





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

South Uniacke, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   11:04am
Mileage 10.20 of the Halifax Subdivision

The eighth car in the last train to Windsor Junction is
cylindrical hopper CN 359325, owned by the Canadian Wheat Board.

Hopper Car Fleet: Annual Report 2007-2008 – A report on the usage of the government hopper car fleet operated by Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).  The 2007-2008 Hopper Car Fleet Annual Report, the first annual report produced under the 2007 Hopper Car Agreements, covers an 18-month period starting 1 July 2007 and ending 31 December 2008.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

South Uniacke, Tuesday, 2 November 2010   11:04am
Mileage 10.20 of the Halifax Subdivision

The twelfth, and last car in the last train to Windsor Junction is "Family Lines System" covered hopper IC769276.  Family Lines System was not a railroad – it was a marketing name used jointly by the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL) and the Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N) along with their subsidiaries Georgia Railroad, Clinchfield Railroad, Atlanta & West Point Railroad, and Western Railway of Alabama (the last two operating under the name West Point Route).  The name was used from 1972 until the early 1980s.

The Family Lines System

A photograph of IC 769278 a similar hopper car

Family Lines logo, 2 November 2010

Family Lines logo

Family Lines logo

Family Lines logo
Seaboard System Railroad




W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   11:53am
Mileage 1.5 (approximately) of the Halifax Subdivision





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   11:54am
Mileage 1.0 of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to Windsor Junction at milepost 1,
approaching the Windsor Junction yard.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   12:00 noon
Mileage 0.3 (approximately) of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to Windsor Junction at the last crossing, slowing to
stop at the  switch  about 100 feet ahead.  Railfan  photographers
Garnet Clarke (top),  Geoff Doane,  and David Othen (bottom) are
documenting this significant event in Nova Scotia's railway history.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   12:01pm
Mileage 0.3 (approximately) of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to Windsor Junction stops at the switch entering the
Windsor Junction yard.  Conductor Tim Jolly throws the switch to the siding.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   12:01pm
Mileage 0.3 (approximately) of the Halifax Subdivision

Conductor Tim Jolly climbs back on the locomotive.  The switch target
shows red, indicating that the switch  is set for the siding.  The train will
pull through  the siding  and stop  at the far end  to uncouple  the twelve
grain hoppers.  The engines then will move through the switch at the far
end of the siding, onto the main line track, ready to return to Windsor,
leaving the hoppers on the siding for CN to take away.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   12:01pm
Mileage 0.3 (approximately) of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to Windsor Junction rolls forward past the switch
into the siding at Windsor Junction.





W&HR: Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   12:02pm
Mileage 0.3 (approximately) of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to Windsor Junction clears the last crossing.

The other cars in this train are empty, but this "Family Lines" hopper car is loaded with corn for animal feed.  It arrived with this load of corn a week ago and was taken to Windsor in the expectation that it would be unloaded there, but this had not been done when this last train was made up.  It will now be taken to a track, near the CN turntable in Fairview, which has recently been chosen as the new grain unloading site for all incoming feed grain consigned for delivery in the Annapolis"Valley.





W&HR: Last Train from Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   12:30pm
Mileage 2.91 of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train to from Windsor Junction:  The two engines, here seen at the
Beaver Bank Road crossing, are returning to Windsor "running light"
meaning  that  there  are  no  cars,  just  the  locomotives.





W&HR: Last Train from Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   1:15pm
Mileage 12.77 of the Halifax Subdivision

At Mount Uniacke, looking eastward along the old Dominion Atlantic
Railway  main  line  track,  awaiting  the arrival  of the  last  train
from  Windsor  Junction.  This track  switch  is located at the
west end of the Mount Uniacke siding (capacity 22 cars).





W&HR: Last Train from Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   1:31pm
Mileage 12.77 of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train from Windsor Junction crosses Highway 1 at Mount Uniacke.





W&HR: Last Train from Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   1:31pm
Mileage 12.77 of the Halifax Subdivision

In this shot, taken a couple of seconds after the photograph above,
the old trackside  "Mount Uniacke"  sign, installed many years ago by
Via Rail, can be seen behind the rear coupler of W&HR locomotive 4079.
At the  right-hand  side  of this image,  we can see the  switch stand  at the
west end of the Mount Uniacke siding (see the photograph second above).





W&HR: Last Train from Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   2:40pm
Mileage 23.26 of the Halifax Subdivision

The last train from Windsor Junction at Ellershouse.
At the right-hand side of this photograph can be seen
an old sign,  installed  by  Via Rail  many  years ago.





W&HR: Last Train from Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010   2:40pm
Mileage 23.26 of the Halifax Subdivision

This old sign, installed by Via Rail many years ago when Via was
operating  passenger  trains  along the  Dominion Atlantic Railway
between Halifax and Yarmouth, identifies the parking lot provided
for Via Rail passengers to park their cars when they took the train
here, at the Ellershouse Station.  Via Rail took over this service in
1978; previously it was operated by the DAR.  This passenger
train service continued through the 1970s and 1980s,
ending on 15 January 1990.


At Ellershouse (this location) in the 1970s and 1980s there were two passenger trains each day eastbound toward Halifax, and two passenger trains each day westbound toward Kentville.  One of the westbound trains each day went all the way to Yarmouth.  These trains were Budd RDCs.
The following are the scheduled times of departure of
passenger trains at Ellershouse, as published in the
official employees timetable dated 28 October 1973:

Eastbound trains at Ellershouse:
     #4   7:05am, six days a week, daily ex. Sun.
     #2   4:00pm, seven days a week
     #6   8:00pm, Sunday only

Westbound trains at Ellershouse:
     #1   9:32am, six days a week, daily ex. Sun.
     #3   6:32pm, seven days a week
     #5  10:22pm, Sunday only
Source with thanks to Steve Boyko




Map showing W&HR photograph locations
Last train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

W&HR: Map - Last Train to Windsor Junction, 2 November 2010

Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Map showing photography locations mentioned above.

P1:  Highway 14 crossing, W&HR mileage 29.11
P2:  Highway  1 crossing,  W&HR mileage 28.19
P3: Green Street crossing, W&HR mileage 26.78
PV:   David  Othen's  video  shot  at  Stark  Road




 

Order in Council, Ottawa, 1880
Subject: Windsor Branch


Order in Council 1880-0934
Approved:   18 June 1880

Subject: Intercolonial Railway, Windsor Branch — Minister of Railways and Canals recommends payment of proceeds to Government of Nova Scotia to meet interest on bonds of Western Counties Railway Company - Minister of Justice recommends Nova Scotia be paid the nett proceeds of the Windsor Branch, [emphasis added] over and above the cost of its maintenance...
OIC 1880-0934, page 1
OIC 1880-0934, page 2
OIC 1880-0934, page 3
OIC 1880-0934, page 4
OIC 1880-0934, page 5
OIC 1880-0934, page 6
OIC 1880-0934, page 7
(Page 7) ...which rights have arisen under a statute passed by the Nova Scotia Legislature in the same session during which the Act authorizing the Nova Scotia Government to give the guarantee on the Company's Bonds was passed, I think no further action upon the aplication of the Nova Scotia Government for payment to them of the net proceeds of the Windsor Branch [emphasis added] should be taken until full information respecting the rights of all parties have been obtained...
         (signed) J. McDonald
         Minister of Justice
OIC 1880-0934, page 8
OIC 1880-0934, page 9
OIC 1880-0934, page 10
OIC 1880-0934, page 11
(Page 11) ...That the Nova Scotia Government have guaranteed the interest at 5% on £50,000 sterling debenture stock borrowed by the Western Counties Railway Company so as to enable this Company to complete their railway between Digby and Yarmouth, the Company agreeing to give the N.S. Government a lien upon the Windsor Branch, [emphasis added] in the event of their retaining it, and to allow the N.S. Government to have the nett proceeds to pay the interest on the Bonds if the Branch [emphasis added] were reserved by the Dominion Government...
OIC 1880-0934, page 12
OIC 1880-0934, page 13
(Page 13) ...Under the circumstances of the case, considering that the Windsor Branch was appropriated by Parliament for the purpose of enabling the extension of the Railway from Annapolis to Yarmouth, and that the Government of N.S. enabled the Western Counties Rly. Co. to complete and open the line from Yarmouth to Digby by guaranteeing the interest on £50,000 debenture stock borrowed by the Company, the undersigned recommends that the nett proceeds of the Windsor Branch [emphasis added] over and above the cost of its maintenance in a workable condition of repair and of the cost of the renewal of the passenger and freight station building at Windsor be paid to the N.S. Government to meet the interest on the Bonds.
         (signed) Charles Tupper
         Minister of Railways & Canals
OIC 1880-0934, page 14
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James McDonald
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
17 October 1878 to 19 May 1881

Sir Charles Tupper
Minister of Railways and Canals
20 May 1879 to 28 May 1884




 

Order in Council, Ottawa, 1873
Subject: Windsor Branch


Order in Council 1873-1404
Approved:   22 October 1873

Subject: Windsor and Annapolis Railway – Minister of Public Works recommends that the Windsor Branch be taken out of the hands of the Windsor and Annapolis Railway Company – And that the government operate the line between Halifax and Windsor...
OIC 1873-1404
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[page 1]   "On a Report dated 21st October 1873, from the Honble the Minister of Public Works, stating the Windsor and Annapolis Railway Company have failed to operate the Railway known as the Windsor Branch [emphasis added] mentioned in the Order in Council of the 22nd September 1871, and to comply with the other terms and conditions of that Order in Council, owe now over $30,000 to the Government of Canada... and recommending that inasmuch as the said Company have failed to operate one of the Railways between Halifax and Annapolis, the Government of Canada... by the said Order in Council do proceed immediately to operate the Railway between Halifax and Windsor..."
(signed) John A. MacDonald

Sir John Alexander Macdonald
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
1 July 1867 to 5 November 1873
Prime Minister
1 July 1867 to 5 November 1873




 

Order in Council, Ottawa, 1874
Subject: Windsor Branch


Order in Council 1874-0146
Approved:   23 February 1874

Subject: Intercolonial Railway, Windsor Branch – Minister of Public Works submits Tariff of rates for Passengers and Freight and Rules and Regulatuions...
OIC 1874-0146
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[pages 1-7]   "On the recommendation of the Honourable the Minister of Public Works and under the provisions of the 58th section of the Act 31 Victoria Chapter 12 intitled: "An Act respecting the Public Works of Canada" His Excellency has been pleased to order, and it is hereby ordered that the following tariff of rates for the carriage of Passengers and Freight over the Windsor Branch [emphasis added] of the Intercolonial Railway, and the Rates and Regulations thereunto appended be and the same are hereby adopted.
(signed) L.S. Huntington

• (1) Passengers at Ticket Stations are required to purchase their ticket before entering the cars, otherwise they must pay to the conductor an additional charge of twelve cents.
• (2) They should provide themselves with tickets at least five minutes before the advertised time for departure of the train...
• (8) Passengers are required to produce and deliver up their railway tickets to the Conductor, or other person in charge of the train, whenever requested to do so by such officer. Should they refuse to do this and to pay the proper fare, they may be removed from the train at or near a station...
• (14) Passengers are allowed 100 lbs. of baggage; any quantity exceeding that weight must be charged double first class freight rate, which must be prepaid...
• Horses... three cents per mile each
• Cattle... estimated at 900 lbs. and charged third class rates
• Sheep and lambs... estimated at 100 lbs. and charged third class rates
• Full car load of 18,000 lbs. of any and all descriptions of goods except Gunpowder and other hazardous articles to one address, will be carried at fourth class rates..."

Lucius Seth Huntington
President of the Privy Council
20 January 1874 to 8 October 1875




 

Order in Council, Ottawa, 1877
Subject: Windsor Branch


Order in Council 1877-0719
Approved:   25 July 1877

Subject: Railway, Windsor Branch – Minister of Public Works recommends that possession of Windsor Branch be given to the Western Counties Railway Company on 1 August 1877...
OIC 1877-0719
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[pages 7-10]   "...it appears from representations made by the said Western Counties Railway Company that their line will soon be completed to Digby whence communication can be had by steamer to the Railway terminus at Annapolis, and that it is now essential that possession of the said Windsor Branch [emphasis added] Railway should be given to them, as provided in the Act of 1874, to enable the Company to avail itself of the advantages to be obtained thereby for finishing ther whole line... The Windsor and Annapolis Railway Company were notified on the 11th of May last, that on the 1st August 1877, the Windsor Branch [emphasis added] Railway would be transferred to the Western Counties Railway, and that the temporary agreement for operating the Windsor Branch [emphasis added] Railway would terminate at the same date... The undersigned now recommends that possession of the said Windsor Branch [emphasis added] Railway be given to the Western Counties Railway Company on the 1st August 1877, under the terms of the Act of May 1874...
(signed) A. Mackenzie

Alexander Mackenzie
Minister of Public Works
7 November 1873 to 8 October 1878
Prime Minister
7 November 1873 to 8 October 1878




 

Order in Council, Ottawa, 1879
Subject: Windsor Branch


Order in Council 1879-0176
Approved:   3 February 1879

Subject: Railway, Windsor and Annapolis and western counties - Windsor branch of Intercolonial Railway – Minister of Public Works recommends bill authorizing government to again assume the possession of the Windsor branch...
OIC 1879-0176
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[page 41]   "...I recommend therefore that the General Manager of the Windsor and Annapolis Railway Company be informed in reply to his communication of 9th Nov 1878 that the Government having been advised that their action in giving possession of the Windsor Branch [emphasis added] line to the Western Counties Railway was lawful they cannot as the matter now stands undertake to place the Windsor & Annapolis Company in possession but that His Excellency The Governor General will be advised to grant his fiat..."
(signed) Z.A. Lash

Zebulon Aiton Lash




 

Order in Council, Ottawa, 1889
Subject: Windsor Branch


Order in Council 1889-2462
Approved:   26 October 1889

Subject: Consolidation of Orders in Council, Windsor Branch Intercolonial Railway – Acting Minister of Railways and Canals recommends approval of regulations and tariff of rates...
OIC 1889-2462
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Page 2: OIC 1889-2462
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[page 2]   "...I recommend...that the following Regulations and Tariff of Rates on the Windsor Branch of the Intercolonial Railway shall be and the same are hereby adopted and established"
(signed) John A. Macdonald

John Alexander Macdonald
Minister of Railways and Canals (Acting)
10 April 1889 to 27 November 1889
Prime Minister
17 October 1878 to 6 June 1891


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Order in Council, Ottawa, 1893
Subject: Rails for the Windsor Branch


Order in Council 1893-2753

Subject: Tenders for steel rails Prince Edward Island Railway and Windsor Branch Railway Minister of Railways and Canals 1893/10/17 advises acceptance tender J.R. Hutchins
OIC 1893-2753
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— Source:   Ottawa, Federal Government Orders in Council
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      On the recommendation dated 17th October 1893, from the Minister of Railways & Canals representing that tenders have been invited and received for 1000 tons of 50 lb. steel rails for the Prince Edward Island Railway and 300 tons of 56 lb. steel rails for the Windsor Branch [emphasis added] Railway.
      That the lowest tender was that of [_?_] of London, England, namely £4. 2. 6 per ton in each case.
      That the Department of Railways and Canals accordingly awarded [_?_] the contract, [_?_] has, however, declined to enter into such contract.
      That the next lowest tender is that of Mr. J.R. Hutchins of Montreal, acting for James Watson & Co. of Glasgow, namely £4. 5. 00 per ton in each case.
      The Minister recommends that he be authorized [_?_] accept the tender of Mr. Hutchins as above stated.
      The Committee [_?_] the above recommendation for Your Excellency's approval.
      (signed) Jno S.D. Thompson

John Sparrow David Thompson
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
5 December 1892 to 12 December 1894
Prime Minister
5 December 1892 to 12 December 1894




Order in Council, Ottawa, 1904
Subject: Windsor Branch


Order in Council 1904-0431
Approved:   11 March 1904

Subject: Windsor Branch Railway land Grove's Siding Nova Scotia leased to Stephen Brothers the Dom Atlantic Railway joining in the lease – Minister of Railways and Canals...
OIC 1904-0431
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"...the Dominion Atlantic Railway, who operate the Windsor Branch [emphasis added] Railway under a leasing agreement dated the 13th of December 1892, to join in the said lease..."
(signed) Wilfred Laurier

Sir Wilfred Laurier
Prime Minister
11 July 1896 to 6 October 1911





The Dominion Atlantic Road


Halifax, N.S. April 15, 1893 — Among the competing routes for New England and Western Canadian travel was the Windsor and Annapolis, better known as the "Land of Evangeline" Line, running from Halifax to Annapolis, thence by the Western Counties Railway to Yarmouth, a total rail distance of 217 miles [349km], and thence by steamer to Boston.  It was only a year ago that the missing link between Annapolis and Digby, twenty miles, was completed by the Dominion Government, at a cost of $500,000.  Previous to that the twenty-mile gap was covered by steamer, thus making four changes between Halifax and Boston.

The Western Counties Road between Digby and Yarmouth has long been in litigation.  Last year it passed into the hands of an English syndicate, who were compelled to carry out their agreement with the local stock and bondholders and the municipality of Yarmouth to purchase the road.  General Manager Campbell of the Windsor and Annapolis has long had an eye on the Western Counties Road, and during the past Winter has steadily worked to control it.  He has just succeeded in completing negotiations for its purchase, and hereafter the two roads will be operated under his management under the name of the Dominion Atlantic Railway.  The capital of the new company, composed of English capitalists, will be $5,000,000.

The Western Counties section will be relaid with steel rails, its wooden bridges will be replaced with iron structures, and the road will be equipped with new rolling stock.  "The Flying Bluenose," the fast vestibule train hitherto run on the Windsor and Annapolis Road for American tourists, will hereafter run through between Halifax and Yarmouth, where connection will be made with the steamers Boston and Yarmouth, so that Boston passengers will be landed in Halifax in twenty-four hours.  Under its reorganized management, the Dominion Atlantic Railway will keenly compete with all existing routes for all Nova Scotia business with New England and the Western Canadian provinces via Boston.

— Source: New York Times, 16 April 1893





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