More Shippers and Receivers

A while ago, I wrote about some of the shippers and receivers at Port Rowan and St. Williams. I’ve now received some more excellent information about the traffic on the line, from reader and Port Rowan resident Monte Reeves.

At St. Williams…
* McCalls shipped boats (eight to a boxcar) to Eaton’s in Toronto
* Hammonds Mill received bagged feed additives and charcoal briquets
* Hammonds Mill shipped grain in boxcars

At Port Rowan…
* Potter Motors received Farmall tractors on 53′ flat cars.
* At one time, Port Rowan received private cars carrying the members of Long Point Company, who visited their private paradise on Long Point during duck hunting season.

(In 2008, The Toronto Star wrote an article on Long Point that includes some information about the Long Point Company. Definitely worth a read.)

Monte supplied this information in a comment on my post about waybill boxes. There’s more information in that comment, so have a look.

Thanks, Monte – you’re giving me some great ideas for traffic on the branch. Now, to find a suitable 53′ NKP flat car…

6 thoughts on “More Shippers and Receivers

  1. Hi Trevor;

    If I’m not mistaken (at work, I can’t look it up), the NKP cars are AAR 50 ton flats, in which case Bob McCarthy’s newly announced resin kit would do the trick. I suspect looking on the wed site is a lost cause, you just email or phone him and ask for what you want.


    • Hi Pieter:
      Thanks for the info. I suspect you’re right. I did one of these in HO years ago and wrote about it in MR. It’ll be interesting to see how the project works out in S scale.
      As for The Supply Car, Bob McCarthy tells me the web site should be back in working order in a week or so. I’ll keep my eye on it. I do like to see products before I buy them – and it’s hard to order something when you don’t know whether it’s available. I’d rather not have to play 20 questions (e.g. “Do you have one of these?”… “How about one of these?”…)

    • Hi Daniel:
      I agree. My experience building layouts based on the Maine two-footers gave me a real appreciation for the play value associated with freight houses, team tracks and other public sidings. Other than the feed mill and coal dealer in Port Rowan, everything in and out of the two towns on my layout relies on public sidings.

  2. Hi Trevor,

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all readers. A part of our Thanksgiving tradition here in Norfolk is the Norfolk County Fair, an annual event which begins on the first Tuesday in October and runs now through Thanksgiving Monday. No small venue it is the 4th largest fair in Ontario only rivalled by the Ottawa Exhibition, CNE, and Western Fair in London.

    The Norfolk County Fair is held at the fairgrounds in Simcoe bounded by the former CNR line to Pt. Dover on the east side and the Pt. Rowan Line on the west.

    The amusement rides and concessions arrived by train! Worlds Finest Shows, today part of Conklin Shows, was a small carnival which travelled by rail. About 8 flatcars were used for transporting the rides such as the TILT-A Whrill, Rock-o Plane, Ferris Wheel and others. In addition, in the consist there was a silver diner numbered 13 and a tired blue Pullman sleeper numbered 62.

    The carnival train usually arrived Sunday night and unloaded using both east and west rail lines at the fairgrounds. In this way they did not interrupt the schedule of the mixed train or any shunting at the Canadian Canners, Norfolk Co-op, or the American Can in Simcoe.

    Many families in the area allowed their children to “skip” school to watch the unloading and assembly of the midway the next day (Monday) all in time for the Fair’s opening on Tuesday.

    In those days the Norfolk County Fair was a five day event closing on Saturday night. The midway was disassemled and stored in the winter in the vacant fair buildings which are permanent fixtures of the fairgrounds.

    The passenger cars were stored in Simcoe on the sidings by the Co-op and the flatcars were left west of Queen Street on a long siding…a former passing track with a switch at both ends.

    On my first year in high school in 1963 I walked the tracks at the fairground to examine these cars while attending the fair, Unfortunately I didn’t own a camera at the time as that was the last year of the carnival train. I believe the flatcars were 60′ Warren type, painted yellow with WORLDS FINEST SHOWS painted in black silver-etched letters on their sides. Each of these flats also had a number on their end.

    Hope you might consider modelling this train as it is as endearing to us as the mixed train here in Norfolk. Perhaps there are some circus/modellers in your readership who could add to this.

    Again have a Happy Thanksgiving and I must close now as I am on my way to the Fair!

    Yours in railroading,
    Monte Reeves

    • Hi Monte:

      And a Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving to you, too! I hope you enjoyed the fair.

      Thanks for the description of the train that brought the fair to town. That’s really neat. I’ll certainly keep a model of this train in mind – although it sounds like it never visited Port Rowan itself. Perhaps one day, if I have space to model Simcoe as the Other End Of The Line…


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