NS&T High Line – Thorold

This is an example of something I never knew existed on the NS&T, because it was gone long before I explored the railway…

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 the Lock 1 bascule bridge that carried the NS&T over the Welland Canal at Port Weller. This photo takes us back to Thorold – but still up in the air:

NS&T High Line, Thorold

NS&T “High Line”, Thorold – Photographer and date unknown.

North of the Thorold station, the NS&T main line between St. Catharines and Niagara Falls vaulted onto a long stretch of trestles, bridges and fill to speed through Thorold. It was called the High Line (and as the name suggests, there was also a Low Line, which took local services through Thorold streets).

This picture was shot in a similar location to a black and white photo in the first NS&T book by Andrew Panko and Peter Bowen. We’re just to the west of Front Street, running behind the buildings on that thoroughfare. We’re looking north, and the white and blue automobile is driving east on Albert Street. The tall building at the left is the old firehall, on Albert at Ekins Lane.

This area has changed dramatically. The remains of the second Welland Canal (1845-1915) used to parallel the NS&T, out of view to the left of the image. It ran between Front and Pine Streets, and was a source of water and power for paper mills in the area. With the disappearance of the NS&T and a number of the industries it served in Thorold, the town filled in the waterway in the early 1960s. A number of new buildings have been built on that reclaimed land, as well as on the NS&T right of way.

My collection includes several photos taken in and around Thorold. I will have to share more of those as I get to them…

11 thoughts on “NS&T High Line – Thorold”

  1. What an enjoyable trip through time. I worked in St Catharines occassionally but mostly in the Hamilton area. Our model club is recreating Hamilton from the west end to the third canal, even there some track that are no longer visible poke their heads over the stone and pavement.

  2. This would certainly be an interesting line to model. It has a little bit of everything. I can understand your pull to model it!

  3. Great photo. I was in Thorold a fair amount while at University there in the early ’70s. A lot of infra-structure was still in place but the site of the canal and high line had been filled in so this helps to square the circle.

    1. Hi Philip:
      Glad I could help. I have several more photos of Thorold that I will be sharing this week, so stay tuned…

  4. I’m 76 now, my Dad and I used to ride the street car from Garden City paper mill into Thorold on the high line. We would go to the station which is now the Credit Union and then across the canal by the Brewer’s Retail, the tracks went to the right over another bridge and out across the Beaverdam Rd. up to stop 5, we would go fishing all day and the street car would continue to Fonthill, Welland and Port Colborne. We would catch the last street car about 5 and ride home to the paper mill on Turner Cres.

  5. I purchased a building on Front St.S in 1972, the building came with 2 Titles, one for the overall property and one for a smaller portion that had been the N.S.& T. right of way that bi-sected the overall. This piece had been purchased by the previous building owner, Mayor William Hutt. From the position of this photo it may well have been taken from that very site.

    1. That’s really cool. The right of way would’ve been gone by then, of course…
      Thanks for the comment. Cheers!

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