Well, now I’m in trouble. This week, the mailbag included a terrific score – a copy of NS&T Employee Time Table 61, effective May 13th 1945:
This book runs 26 pages, and has a wealth of information between its covers. Already, I’ve learned some eye-opening things about the NS&T.
For example, on a weekday, the line through Thorold hosted an astonishing 78 scheduled trains: 39 in each direction. Some ran through between St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, on the Main Line. Some took the Welland Division to Fonthill, Welland and Port Colborne. Some started or ended their run on the layover track in Thorold. But all passed the depot, the small yard, and the substation.
Even if one keeps in mind that each train is one or possibly two cars long, and that the same equipment ran under several schedules over the course of the day, that’s a huge amount of traffic.
There wasn’t a lot of track in Thorold – but there sure were a lot of trains. Right-click on the image to open in a separate window, in a larger format
What’s more, this does not include any freight trains that operated on the line, or switched in Thorold itself. I don’t know how the crews switched Thorold without going nuts, trying to keep out of the way of all of that…
The employee time table is in excellent condition, too – only lightly used. It is a reprint, done in 1972 – but even so, I can’t believe my luck in finding this one online for the princely sum of $8.