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Golden Age Of Rail

Today’s two old photos come from the John Stefani collection, which he has graciously scanned and passed along for posting.

John notes that you can see the tall CKLW tower in the background of the photo, allowing us to know this was taken after 1954.

A few notes from noted local transportation historian Bernie Drouillard:

The three diesels on the right are Wabash Railway, made by GM. They had operating rights from Windsor to Fort Erie (going by memory). They later became the Norfolk & Western Railway.

The first ferry looks like the Huron. The paddlewheel behind it might be the Landsdowne. The furthest is either the Windsor or the Detroit.

You can spot the Norton Palmer and Prince Edward poking up in the horizon to the left. The tall dark building near the middle that coincides with the smokestack is the Ferry building. And you can see the British American off in the distance too. All gone.

This photo is also undated and a little harder to figure out. John checked with Bernie, and he says it looks like it was taken at the Crawford Roundhouse.

The roundhouse is still there (with minor alterations), and still in operation today. It is located in the red circle above.

Do any of our railfan readers have anything else they can add to the description? Doug?

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