Another Leamington & St. Clair Railway Company document

Let’s see if anyone can help me decipher this original shipping order document that I have which came from the Leamington & St. Clair Railway Company.  It appears to have been filled out at Leamington Ontario in March of 1889.

I read it as though there were 33,800 pounds of oats (more or less) loaded into CPR boxcar 13258. It looks like the oats were destined for Toronto.  It’s not really clear where who the shipper is, but I’d like to believe that one of the words is “Molson.”


Anyone care to speculate on the story behind this document?

Time Capsule: Leamington & St. Clair Railway Co.

Here’s another document from the box of stuff that I had packed up since 1986.  This is a shipping order from the Leamington & St. Clair Railway Company dated February 5th 1889 at Leamington Ontario.

It looks like the shipper had three barrels of butter totalling 622 pounds shipped at the owner’s risk.  It appears the shipment was destined for Windsor, but I can’t be certain.


The railway had only been in existence for a year or two when this form was filled out.

Michigan Central Railroad Co. Daily Fuel Report

My recent move to a new home caused me to clear out the loft above my garage and sort the junk from the treasures among the detritus of my past.  At the back of the loft, I found four sealed boxes with a cursory list of the contents written on the side in my hand.  

Finding these four boxes was like meeting up with an old acquaintance.  When I got back into model railroading after my long hiatus, I took stock of everything I had on hand.  I had an inkling that there were things for which I could not account.  I wasn’t certain of the exact items, but just knew there was more.  The discovery of these boxes gave me the satisfaction that perhaps this mystery was solved.

Last night, I finally had the opportunity to open one of the boxes.  This particular box was one that was sealed many moves before the purchase of the home we just left.  To the best of my recollection, this was a time capsule of things that were packed away some time around 1986.

In a suitably worn frame and protected under glass, I found this long forgotten document:

IMG_2255If one reads the form as if the information has been put into the appropriate columns, the date and place seem reasonable.  It appears that on April 22, 1901, Michigan Central locomotive 449 took on 8 tons of coal at Leamington Ontario.

Or not.

The document is cryptic to me. There is some sort of reckoning on the bottom right where it seems the signatory has done the following calculations:



449 shows up in two unrelated places – the result of a calculation and in the column under the heading Eng.  The handwriting isn’t very legible, and the fact that I’m not sure of the context makes it even more difficult for me to decipher.  I don’t think I ever knew the meaning of the document.  I probably framed it because it was old and it said “Michigan Central Railroad Co.” on the letterhead.  Maybe someone can shed some light on its meaning.

Regardless of its meaning, I’m happy to be reacquainted with this old keepsake. 

Athearn Genesis GP9 (as a CASO geep?)


In the photo above, Penn Central 7458 approaches the west end of Montrose Yard on the CASO with twelve cars and a caboose from Welland Yard.

IMG_2215A short while later, the same unit is westbound leaving Montrose Yard to bring five cars and a caboose back to Welland Yard.

Ok, I guess I’m not fooling anyone.  I took these shots of my new Genesis GP9 at Nairn on the WRMRC.  I could change that 5 to a 3 and this model would have the right number for a CASO geep, but there are some details that would have to change as well.  This one might become a CASO geep, or it might keep its number and represent one of the many roadswitchers working out of Frontier Yard in Buffalo.  Regardless, I’m pretty impressed with the model, and I also have to mention the excellent customer service, competitive pricing, and super cheap shipping from Tim at Action Hobbies in Kingsville.