As previously mentioned, the former H&NW line southwest out of Hamilton was plied daily by way freights dispatched from the lake front Stuart Street Yard throughout the 1970’s, well into the mid 1980’s. For a brief period in 1984, the line experienced bidirectional dispatching related to a major pipeline coating order being processed by Shaw Pipe Production. As well as commerce generated on line, foreign RR connections at Hagersville and Jarvis supplemented the freight mix with interchange traffic. Hagersville was bisected by the Canada Southern (Caso); in succession, New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail. Trackage rights on the CN Cayuga subdivision permitted Norfolk and Western to pick up/drop off in Jarvis. Damage to the line at the Stone Church Road overpass in 1987 would result in as needed service northward only to Rymal with starting points off either the Dunnville subdivision from Caledonia or off of the Cayuga subdivision via Jarvis. Prior to the line severing, development of the Lake Erie adjacent Nanticoke industrial landscape generated traffic to and from the ‘Steel City’. Stelco’s satellite facility also resulted in the deployment of CN’s railfan favourite F units on steel slab trains. Following the Stone Church Road bridge mishap, southbound unit train movement of slabs followed a rather circuitous route via Brantford. Concerns related to the potential of a runaway careening through the lower city always kept northbound slab trains off the H&NW north of Caledonia.
ATSF 313158, Santa Fe Class Ga-180, was constructed by Pullman-Standard at their Butler, PA facility; lot 9617, series ATSF 312800-313799, built 12/1972 - 2/1973. Shown moving northbound through Rymal, a possible routing could have been as follows; an agricultural product load from the US mid-west interchanged to Conrail in Chicago, followed by movement along the Caso to Hagersville where it was dropped off for Canadian National.
|CGLX 812 is from series CGLX 800 - 909, built by Hawker-Siddeley (HST) in Trenton, Nova Scotia; lot 2335, built 9 - 10/1968. The 3,800 cu. ft. covered hopper cars would later be renumbered to CP 383700 - 383802 in 1983 and 1984.|