NS&T 41 (red) – Welland Avenue yard

In yesterday’s post, I shared an image of Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway number 41. Here are a couple more views of that express motor from the collection of photographs, maps and other materials I’ve recently acquired from William Flatt:

NST 41 - Welland Avenue

NS&T 41 – St. Catharines. Photographer and date unknown.

NST 41 - Welland Avenue

NS&T 41 – St. Catharines. Photographer and date unknown.

In these two views, NS&T 41 is resting in the yard at the Welland Avenue car barn in St. Catharines.

Number 41 was built by the Cleveland, Painesville & Ashtalbula in 1917 as its number 60. The NS&T acquired it in 1927 and undertook a significant rebuilding of the car. It was originally a wooden car, but later received steel sheathing.

Number 41 survived in red paint at least until 1952: it was painted into green sometime before 1957, and withdrawn from service in 1958.

I don’t know its ultimate fate, but I assume – like most of the NS&T equipment – it was scrapped sometime after the power was shut off in 1960. This express motor was part of the famous “funeral procession” photographs – depicting a string of equipment headed for scrap, led by NS&T 20, in 1959.

7 thoughts on “NS&T 41 (red) – Welland Avenue yard”

  1. Given the changing colors of equipment you could have equipment and scenic details like cars and trucks to change eras and add to the variety of your future line.

    Hate to see your current railroad go but excited to see the electric line rise from the ashes!

    1. You’re funny: I haven’t even built the first piece of equipment, and you’re suggesting multiple copies so I can model different eras!


      Despite my enthusiasm, there’s still no guarantee I’m going to tear out my current layout. I’ve been doing my homework on the NS&T, but still have not decided what I would model – and whether it would fit in my space.


  2. Jim Harper has an electric feeder line on his P:48 SP RR. Runs from interchange around the corner on a narrow (12″ or so) shelf to serve industry in his work shop.
    Your street running prototype would lend itself to something like this just to get your feet wet.
    Have your cake and eat it too.

    1. Yes, Jim does the Sacramento Northern as his feeder line.
      I’m not really interested in a “fake” NS&T, however. I know the prototype too well. If I want something to get my feet wet, I’ll pick a small location on the prototype and model that. Or, build something like the Welland Avenue yard and car barn. As the aerial photo in this post illustrates, it was quite compact. And it would provide a logical place to display all of the equipment I have. In fact, that car barn may become staging on any NS&T layout I embark upon – regardless of prototype location(s) that I model.

  3. Hi Trevor,

    Perhaps you’ve already thought of this, but your photographs from William Flatt of the NS&T along with your commentary would make a lovely book. Just in case you didn’t have enough to occupy your time!

    Bob Waters

    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Bob. But that’s a whole different ballgame. For a book, I’d need to nail down photographers and dates, seek permissions for publication, etc. I’m happy sharing these freely, via my website.

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