Friday, April 13, 2012

Historic/My Town Shoot Out

 Canadian National locomotive

This week's assignment: historic

This locomotive - more than a century old - resides at a train museum in Brighton, Ontario. I wrote about it HERE a few weeks ago on my other blog. But I didn't show the station...

Brighton Station, built in 1857

Of 34 stations on the Grand Trunk Railway line built between Toronto and Montreal, only nine are remaining. This one closed in 1962 because there was not enough passenger traffic. This is interesting to me since just behind this station are two sets of active railway tracks - much used! In fact, as I was taking photos what should come by but...

VIA Rail

a passenger train. Hmmmm.


Another nod to the past

Caboose - another relic


I am linking to MY Town Shoot Out

17 comments:

Linda said...

You had me at trains! My hubby is a retired RR man...so we love anything trains! Great shots!

Sandra said...

i have tickets for a train ride behind one of these steam engines tomorrow. can't wait. i like the station and the new with the old.

Halcyon said...

This looks like a cool place to visit. I've always loved trains, it's more fun to see the world go by from a train window!

Lowell said...

I remember Canadian Pacific train cars from my youth! I remember this locomotive, too. The train station is cute as is that wee engine! I think the rationale for closing the station was a bit bogus. Right?

nanny said...

So fascinating.

We visited Alberta a few years ago. One day we drove into BC and stopped to watch a train on the side of a mountain....it was great. (I want to go back so bad) Canada is wonderful in every aspect. Beauty, clean, fresh....just a perfect place.

Barb said...

I like this series of shots showing past and present.

Pauline said...

Love the last shot. Is that "Memory Junction" I see? Perfect!

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

I love trains. There is some pretty creative things going on with trains that are not longer in use as transportation. We have a beautiful Dinner Train in our town. The food is wonderful and in the fall it runs three times a day. Another old train does dramas and reenactments of train robberies. Quite a tourist attraction in our town. There are great photos here.
QMM

Gillian Olson said...

Great historic shots.

Kim, USA said...

Great information thanks for sharing.

FMTSO

BlueShell said...

Absolutely stunning! Love it!
Thanks for visiting!
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GingerV said...

oh goody an old train. couldn't have our history shoot-out without one. I've taken 3 trips on an old train being used only as a tourist attraction - they are popular and often used. maybe the track needed is wider or narrower than the new trains. Love the station and would give anything but my first grandchild to have it in my garden.

Jama said...

Fascinating history! We only have the modern rapid train which goes underground and above ground. The inter country train belongs to a neighbouring country and now it only stops near the border, it no longer goes into central area like it use to. The train station have here since before world war 2, and I'm glad the building is preserved for the next generation. Probably part of it will turn into a museum.

Bagman and Butler said...

Great post. I love trains -- in fact, you reminded me that I had one I should have posted...maybe another post. The locomotive is great - I had a Lionel electric train just like it. But I also like the "Memory Junction" caboose.

Scriptor Senex said...

I'm not ususlly sexist (and it's a dangerous thing to be after my comment on Pauline's post) but what man can resist trains. The first photo is brilliant. A super post for what I think has been a great week in FMTSO.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow that little red train is gorgeous!Beautiful and very interesting station!
Léia

Rose said...

I have never riden on a train, but sure would love to.

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