I grew up in St. Catharines in the 1980s, and that’s the era I remember on the Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway. Of course, by that time the trolley wire had been gone for a couple of decades – it came down in 1960 – and much else had changed. Customers disappeared, and new customers were added. Trackage was rearranged – often with new connections made. And so on.
Still, any knowledge of “what was there” can only be a good thing. Years ago, I collected a set of CNR track maps – including associated indexes that identify each track. Here’s what I have. Note how each zone map includes the links to adjacent zones.
This 1983 map covers the transfer yard at Merritton, where the NS&T interchanged with the CNR.
Moving north from Merritton Yard, the line’s hub of operations was the Eastchester Yard area. This map is from 1985.
This map, from 1981, covers the area east of Eastchester Yard and up to Port Weller on the Welland Canal.
This map, from 1983, covers the track along Louisa Street and up Ontario Street to serve McKinnon’s (General Motors).
I’m grateful that I have these. I can compare them to other sources – such as the 1923 Fire Maps I recently found online – to develop a better picture of the NS&T in the electric era.