A visit yesterday with my friend William Flatt produced a gold mine of information about the Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway, including a set of official track maps of the Welland Subdivision (from Thorold to Port Colborne). The railway produced the original maps in 1920, and revised them in 1948. Here’s a look at Port Colborne – a combination of four of the map pages:
(I realize these maps are very small, but I’m adding them to this blog primarily for my own reference.)
The line from Welland enters at the top of the map. There’s a short siding, and then the main enters Cranberry Street in Humberstone (now part of Port Colborne). Between Omer and Courtland, a spur heads east, then turns north to serve Robin Hood Flour. This was a major customer on the line: in peak shipping season it could generate 70-100 freight cars per day.
As Cranberry Street enters Port Colborne, it turns into Elm Street. South of Killally Street, a short spur serves the ET White Artificial Ice Company. A wye to the west forms a small yard – with a track crossing east of the main and heading south along the canal. This trackage is all part of Canada Cement Company.
The NS&T proper ends at Park Street, where it turns east to and parallels the Grand Trunk Railway line to the station, adjacent to the canal.
The Grand Trunk has a spur that heads south to the Dominion Government Elevator on the shore of Lake Erie.