A whistle post for the garden

I made a trip down to Port Colborne, Ontario recently to visit my friend Jim Martin. Jim and his wife recently moved to a smaller property and wanted to unload some pieces that were surplus to their needs – including this whistle post, once used on the Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway:

NST Whistle Post - Garage

The NS&T is a significant prototype for me, with a lot of personal connection. In fact, I’m currently debating whether to model it in 1:64 (S scale). More about the whistle post can be found on my NS&T website but what’s important here is that I’m happy to take a turn as the caretaker for this piece of railway history, now that Jim has decided he no longer needs it in his life.

Fortunately, the post fit in the truck – barely:

NST Whistle Post - Truck

Before my trip, Jim measured the post for me. It’s 12″ wide, 3.5″ deep, and stands 73″ tall. A quick measurement of my truck showed that 73″ would just fit, if the post rode on its edge and was angled across the bed. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if it had been 74″…

As the lead photo shows, the post is currently propped against some renovation materials in the garage, but it won’t be there for long. That’s because in a month or so, landscaping work begins on our back yard.

My wife and I have been working with our architect/contractor and a landscaper that he likes to use to eliminate the jungle behind our house and convert it into a welcoming, useable space. The whistle post will find a home in the new back yard, alongside the baggage wagon I acquired several years ago:

Baggage Wagon
(The baggage wagon, currently being used to hold some patio stone samples for my wife and I to review. To learn more about the wagon, click on the image.)

Of course, one of the reasons to undertake this landscaping project is to create a space where I can set up a portable steaming track, so I can start to enjoy the live steam equipment I’ve collected over the years. Most of the hardscaping will be done before the winter, with planting in the spring, but once the garden is ready I’ll even be able to host steam-ups. I can’t wait!

2 thoughts on “A whistle post for the garden

  1. Barry Cott


    Nice catch; that it’s one from the NS & T is even better.

    Steam ups are great; used to do a lot of them when I lived in Texas. If you have room in the future, I’d like to meet some fellow live steamers here in Southern Ontario.



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