Abandonment application – Port Rowan responds

Further to my previous posting on the proposed abandonment of the line to Port Rowan in the late 1930s, here’s Port Rowan’s response (click on each image to view a larger version):

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Again, I’m grateful to Jeffrey Smith of the CNR in Ontario website, who found this information in our federal archives and shared it with me.

5 thoughts on “Abandonment application – Port Rowan responds

    • No, but I’ve never read anything that suggested that it did. There was a huge amount of stone traffic on the line, from the quarries at Hagersville. These provided ballast for the railway as well as stone to make the concrete used to build the first part of Toronto’s subway system. If I recall, it was also used for construction of various highways such as the Queen Elizabeth Way between Toronto and Niagara Falls. But that traffic all originated north of the Port Rowan branch – and headed North.
      Good question, though. I’d love to be proved wrong!

  1. I had an interesting conversation with my grandmother at her 100th birthday celebration this summer. One of the things she mentioned is that the roads didn’t get plowed until the thirties. Prior to that, they flattened them with a bobsled, which made them easier to traverse by sleigh. Cars and trucks were therefore useful in the summer months only.

    I wonder what extent the decision to plow the roads in the winter made to the fortunes of the railways? It seems that every branchline was considered for abandonment in the thirties; so I can imagine the municipal council of Port Rowan meeting to discuss funding the winter’s plowing, and second on the agenda would be the protest to the Board of Railway Commissioners.

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