A conversation precipitated out of the topic of distressing and weathering the Canadian 70 ton gondolas I built from P2K kits in my previous post. That conversation gave me cause to look back at some of the photos I used for reference in this project. It struck me that, for anyone who is into Canadian railroading, this is a neat photo. I decided to post the photo, even though it’s not directly related to building models.
The photo was taken in 1989, about three years after CP had taken 100% ownership of the TH&B. The entire railway, its real estate holdings, rolling stock, motive power, rights of way, was being rationalized by the new owners and its operations folded into theirs. Much of the TH&B rolling stock was in need of repair by the early 80s, but they deferred maintenance because there was ample supply of CP equipment available to provide to customers. By the time of this photo, the CP management decided to gather all of the TH&B rolling stock together and have it systematically disposed of, and at the same time demolish any structures that were superfluous to their operations, which meant that nearly every structure was razed.
At the time of this photo, Kinnear Old South yard was filled with rolling stock ready for disposal. The same grim portrait could be taken at Welland Yard around the same time. On the right, a line of general service 40 foot boxcars are stuffed into track 4 and have nearly become part of the forest. Tracks 2 and 3 are also filled to their capacities with gondolas and a couple of flat cars. A string of slab-side covered hoppers fills Track 1. The rolling stock roundup was a grim time for fans of the TH&B.