The last of the TH&B rolling stock.

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.

TH&B 70 ton riveted gondolas, bad ordered account rotten floors, stored at Kinnear Old South yard 1989.  Photo by Gerry Schaefer.

TH&B 70 ton riveted gondolas, bad ordered account rotten floors, stored at Kinnear Old South yard 1989. Photo by Gerry Schaefer.

3 thoughts on “The last of the TH&B rolling stock.

  1. It’s a sad sight seeing all those TH&B cars going to scrap. TH&B rolling stock was sort of iconic for Southern Ontario modelling and railfanning. My first brass freight car was a TH&B slab side hopper like the ones on the left side of the photo, and it still runs on the club layout.

    It’s interesting to see how banged up those gons are in the photo. Looks like you can get away with more bends in the top chords than I thought when you deform the sides.


    • Your memory of southern Ontario railfanning doesn’t fit with mine, only because I can’t recall seeing TH&B rolling stock anywhere but on the TH&B. I know that their equipment carried the finished products of Hamilton & Brantford’s industries off the property and out to the rest of the continent. My skewed perception can be explained by the fact that I spent a great deal of time on the TH&B, and very little time on the CP, which was where most of the TH&B cars went after they left home turf.

      • My model of the TH&B covered hopper was based on a photo taken as it rolled through Galt on the CP, and many of the cars were used interchangeably with CP equipment by the 80s. Certainly, there were specific movements before that time which took TH&B cars offline to many destinations even when they were primarily under TH&B control. I can’t assert that they were commonplace off the home rails, but they were certainly nothing out of the ordinary. I don’t recall seeing the yellow boxcars, though; I think they were already too small and in bad shape, so they didn’t get used much by the 70s.

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