NS&T 130 – Thorold layover spur

On the south side of the station in Thorold, the NS&T had a short layover track – a spur to hold passenger trains working the Welland Division between Thorold and Port Colborne. Here’s a photo of it, from the collection of photographs, maps and other materials I recently acquired from William Flatt:

NST 130 - Thorold

NS&T 130 – Thorold. Photographer and date unknown.

This is a lovely, atmospheric photo. It’s either raining – or has recently. Both poles are down so the car will be here for a little while, awaiting its trip south. The marker flags have been set for the next run. I like the mix of styles evidenced by the houses behind the car. The structure in the distance at right is the NS&T freight shed: The main track passes to the right of it, then through the small freight yard with track scale and onto Substation Junction.

I do like these 130-series wooden cars, and I’ve shared several photos of them. Of interest, NS&T passenger equipment wore a number of paint schemes throughout their lives. In a post earlier this week, Car 130 appears in a much-faded version of the all-red scheme. It wore the same scheme when captured at the Welland depot.

Even though the photo in this post is black and white, it’s clear that the car is wearing the cream over red seen on the cars in my post about the siding at Woodruffs. As mentioned in an earlier post, the NS&T repainted this car into the cream-over-red scheme sometime between July 24/48 and August 24/52.

6 thoughts on “NS&T 130 – Thorold layover spur”

  1. It’s also either very early Spring or late Fall. The trees have no leaves. The sort of hazy, wet, atmosphere of this photo is fantastic. I’m really enjoying seeing these. A future layout seems more apparent every day.

    1. Hi Jeremy:
      It is a great atmosphere, isn’t it? Too bad we can’t replicate this on our layouts. I’m enjoying working through these photos and sharing them – so I’m glad you’re enjoying seeing them.
      I’m still pondering what a layout might look like. Digging through the materials I acquired is definitely helping – although I know the locations so well that it’ll be tough to make the compromises that we must always make to shoehorn the real world into our train rooms…

    1. Which information is that, John? The paint schemes? I doubt it. I’ve been through the online collections of several libraries and historical societies in the communities once served by the NS&T. They tend to have a few photos, but not much else. Brock University has a good selection of vintage aerial photos and maps that are invaluable, too.
      My best source for information is the four books (and one video) about the NS&T. A close second these days is the NS&T Facebook group.

  2. I have enjoyed the series of photos and info; I wait for the latest installment. It would have been disappointing if you had chosen not to go forward with a model.
    Now I can look forward to the next step.
    Thanks and good modeling!

    1. Hi Frank:
      Thanks for the kind words. If you’re enjoying the instalments so far, I think you’ll really like tomorrow’s…
      As for a model railway – I’m very keen, but haven’t yet committed! I need to figure out what to model, and whether I have the skills to build the passenger cars, freight motors… and overhead wire. Stay tuned…

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