Regular IM reader and commenter DouglasM was asking about old photos of the Windsor Waterfront when it was still covered in rails. Doug used to live in the Detroit area, back when the waterfront on both sides was occupied with rails, and was the staging grounds and rail yards for rail cars crossing the river by ferry.

I put out a request to Bernie Drouillard to check his collection and see if he had anything he could dig up.

As usual, Bernie’s collection is a treasure trove, and Bernie dug out the following slides. John digitized them for us, and at Doug’s request here are some vintage photos taken by Bernie. Thanks as always goes out to Bernie & John for taking the time to share these photos with us.


Photo © Bernie Drouillard

Photo taken June 9, 1974. Looking east from the end of the CN Freight Shed.


Photo © Bernie Drouillard

Photo taken March 20, 1988. Looking east from Devonshire Rd. I believe that is the backside of the Hiram Walker Flatiron Building on the left. It was demolished in the early 1990’s.


Photo © Bernie Drouillard

Photo taken July 17, 1987. Shot taken west of the roundhouse looking east.


Photo © Bernie Drouillard

Photo taken February 19, 1989. Looking east on the waterfront towards Hiram Walker’s.


Photo © Bernie Drouillard

Looking west from around Langlois, February 17, 1990.


Photo © Bernie Drouillard

Looking west from around Moy, February 17, 1990.


Photo © Bernie Drouillard

Taken February 17, 1990, this shot shows a train crossing Devonshire. The backside of the old Walkerville Town Hall/Post Office is visible from when the building used to sit on Riverside Dr. In the early 1990’s the building was moved from that location, around the corner to its present site on Devonshire.

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