While driving to The North Shore Train Show last Friday, I decided to stop in at the eastern Ontario lake-front town of Gananoque to grab a few photos of “Susan Push”.
This unique locomotive was primary power for the Thousand Islands Railway – built to connect the Montreal-Toronto mainline to the town of Gananoque. It eventually became a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railways system, which is clearly evident from the “angled wafer” logo on the cab side:
“Susan Push” is on display in downtown Gananoque – on the location of the TIR’s long-gone main track through town, if I recall correctly. A shelter for passengers awaiting the train stands nearby, and would make a lovely scratch-building project – or laser-cut wooden kit!
I won’t provide a complete history of the locomotive, since the Gananoque Historical Society has done a wonderful job of that – adding a plaque to the locomotive, as shown here:
I will note, however, that the locomotive rides on interurban-style trucks:
What’s most remarkable about this display is how accessible it is. The locomotive is not behind a fence, making it possible to get good photographs or even measurements if one was interested in building a model (and anybody wishing to do so should check out the May 1997 issue of Model Railroader magazine for an article on doing this in HO scale).
Some day, I hope to go back to Gananoque and spend a day photographing and measuring details on this locomotive. I’d love to do a model in S or O. But for now, it was a nice detour on my trip to the train show in Laval. More on that in a future post…