This week, my friend John Mellow shared some information about my branch, courtesy a Grand Trunk Railway System public time table from July 26, 1900. This is well before the era I’m modelling, of course, but it’s interesting history nonetheless – so thank you, John!
The time table notes Mixed Train 61 leaves Hamilton’s Stuart Street station at 8:50 am and arrives in Port Rowan at 1:10 pm. It leaves Port Rowan as Mixed Train 64 at 1:45 pm, arriving back at Hamilton at 8:10 pm.
The time table also lists a round-trip accommodation train. This train leaves Port Rowan at 6:30 am as number 62, arriving at Hamilton at 10:05 am. The return trip, as train 63, leaves Hamilton at 5:15 pm and arrives in Port Rowan at 9:25.
At this time, there was an engine house off the turntable in Port Rowan, and the stub-end team track spur was double-ended. Someone looking for a challenge might wish to consider tackling the GTR at the dawn of the 20th Century, which would offer additional structures for modelling and two scheduled trains per day.