NS&T 622 – Fonthill cannery spur

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. In yesterday’s post, I shared a photo of NS&T 622 on Louisa Street in St. Catharines. Here’s another view of the same car – possibly taken the same day:

NST 622 - Fonthill - Canning Spur

NS&T 622 in Fonthill, Ontario – Photographer and date unknown.

It’s sometime between 1956 and 1959, because the 620-series cars were only on the NS&T for four years.

In this photo, there are two clues that the 622 is in excursion service. First, it’s running as an extra: Note the white flags. More tellingly, it’s on the cannery spur in Fonthill, which did not normally see passenger service. The NS&T had a reputation for accommodating railfans, and a lot of rare mileage was covered.

The cannery was located on Pelham Street at Hurricane Road. I imagine that it was pretty busy during the harvest season and there are a couple of tracks here, to allow a freight crew to easily swap empties and loads.

After the cannery shut down, the building was converted into a seniors residence…

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