NST 135 and 132: Substation Junction, 1943

I’m working my way through the collection of photographs, maps and other materials I’ve recently acquired from William Flatt – and I thought I’d share some of the images that speak strongly to me about the Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway. Here’s one:

NST 135 & 132 - Substation Junction

NS&T 135 & 132, Substation Junction 1943 – photographer unknown.

In this photo, a pair of the NS&T’s elegant Preston-built wooden cars are rolling through Substation Junction in Thorold, Ontario. The track they’re on is the mainline from Niagara Falls – they’re headed north towards the photographer, and the St. Catharines Terminal. These cars were regulars on the run between the Falls and Port Dalhousie East, where they met the boats to and from Toronto.

Behind the cars, the Main Line swings east and crosses the Welland Canal. The photographer is standing on the south leg of the wye that marked the connection to the Welland Division. The substation – for which the junction was named – would be behind the photographer.

With its combination of industries and junctions, Thorold is shaping up to be a fascinating subject for a model railway.

I’ll share another photo of these two cars tomorrow.

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