Pickles and Chicks

In addition to the Hammond Mill photo, Monte Reeves sent along a couple more gems.

First, here’s a neat, undated photo of the pickle factory that used to stand in Forestville – another station on the line to Port Rowan:
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Monte notes that the factory stood on the farm where he grew up, and that the property is currently owned by his brother.

Finally, Monte shared some information about shipping live chicks in the express car on the mixed train. Thanks to this information, I know have an idea of what the shipping crates look like (remember – drill lots of air holes in them!) so I’ll be able to fabricate some for the platform at St. Williams.

(Unfortunately, I don’t get to model a poultry car…)

Thanks again, Monte!

9 thoughts on “Pickles and Chicks

  1. Neat photo and story.

    In the end of your post you mentioned a poultry car. You may have seen this photo before but in the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology’s photo collection is this one:

    Poultry Car

    That photo is of a poultry car taken right here in Charlottetown.

  2. Trevor,

    Another express item lost to UPS/USPS/Canadiam mail. This spring I saw many a morning farmers picking up chicks, even ducklings from California, being picked up at the large post office by work. Probably something for anyone modeling rural railroad in Spring time is delivery of chicks.

    How about fish? Did Canada stock streams in the 1950s? They get shipped in special boxes as well


    • Hi Matt:

      Yes, the railways shipped fish. The other half of the Simcoe Sub, also served by The Daily Effort, ended at a lakeside terminal in Port Dover, which was home to a commercial fishery fleet on Lake Erie. Port Dover also had greenhouses that shipped flowers to larger markets like Toronto.

      On my layout, I’m using the CNR eight-hatch refrigerator cars to ship various temperature sensitive foods – including fish – out of Port Rowan.


  3. Trevor
    The pickle facility is an interesting structure. In the Midwest, these facilities were know as salting stations. Companies like Squire Dingee, Gedney and Heinz would contract with salting stations to supply pickles to be processed and packed at their facilities. The pickles were hauled in special cars with wooden tubs. The Soo Line operated a number of these cars into the early 1960s.

  4. Nice photo of the pickle factory. I plan to build a model of one, and this one has lots of character. Do you think the tank above the shed is a water tank? I know (well, presume) the vats/tanks with the platforms are brine tanks for pickling the cucumbers. Any other photos of this facility available?
    Thanks for posting this.
    Phil Gliebe, Waynesville, Ohio

    • Hi Phil:
      This is the only photo I’ve seen of this facility. I didn’t even know it existed until Monte told me about it. Maybe one of my readers can provide more information…

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