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:
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:
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:
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!