Hogs & Hay on the Leamington & St. Clair Railway

My crawl space will soon be occupied by a series of turn-back loops to get trains into and out of staging on my layout, so I’ve been going through a round of purging some of the stuff that’s been stored under there. Along with a nice set of TH&B employee timetables from the 1970s, I found some old waybills and other assorted documentation. I’m not even sure where I got this stuff.

Here are a couple of neat pieces documenting the loading hogs and hay at Blytheswood Ontario, on the Leamington & St. Clair Railway, in January of 1889.




6 thoughts on “Hogs & Hay on the Leamington & St. Clair Railway

  1. Wow, those are cool! Make sure they don’t disappear forever, even if you’re not interested in them.

    I guess (?!) that these are the “bills” that are referred to by the way-bills of this period (see for example https://flic.kr/p/9LYNxE). It seems like the only thing tying them together is a car number and a date; it must have been a nightmare keeping all the paper straight, especially when the bill followed the way-bill!

    Hay was an important commodity back in the days of horses. Period modellers like me would do well to remember that all the urban horses needed bedding and fodder too.

      • It looks like these are the “bill” part of the paperwork. Hay was an important commodity, indeed. It took me a while to figure out exactly where Blytheswood is/was. I consulted a CASO employee timetable to figure out that it’s a few miles north of Leamington. I don’t know if the railways was operated by the Michigan Central, or if it was a separate entity altogether in 1889.

    • I’ll be holding on to all of the timetables that I found. There are a bunch of old CN train orders that I might be getting rid of in the future, but I’ll go through those at some point in the future.

  2. I love waybills and train orders and timetables! Thanks for posting these.

    I stayed in Leamington several times around a decade ago and I was amazed to learn how many railways operated in the area at one time. There was even an interurban! There’s so much railway history and sadly no rails in Leamington other than a few embedded in the roads near the old Heinz plant.

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