NST 130 – Welland Depot

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 posts earlier this week, I shared a couple of black and white photos of the 130-series. Here’s one of the class car – number 130 – in colour:

NST 130 - Welland

NS&T 130, Welland – Date and photographer unknown.

NS&T 130 makes a station stop at Welland. I don’t know the date but the 130-series was used in Main Line service, which was discontinued in 1947. Possibly, this photo was taken after that.

I don’t have too much to say about the car in this photo except that it’s a beautiful example of a wooden interurban. As I noted in yesterday’s post, unlike its sisters this car was not scrapped by the railway. It was preserved in Sandy Pond, NY but allowed to rot in place.

I do love this photo, though: the well-dressed motorman (at least, I assume he is) is in the midst of the group of ladies on the platform, presumably taking their tickets and helping them aboard.

EDIT: As discussed in the comments, a closer look at the high-res version of this photo shows a motorman clearly in the front window of the car. You can just make out his bare arm in the window closest to the ladies on the platform. That would make the railway employee on the platform likely the conductor.

NS&T 135 and 132 – Niagara Falls, 1943

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. Here’s one:

NST 135 & 132, Niagara Falls, 1943

NS&T 135 & 132, Niagara Falls, 1943 – photographer unknown.

In yesterday’s post, I promised another photo of these two 130-series cars. This is a lovely shot – possibly taken the same day – in Niagara Falls. I’m not sure of the exact location.

The 130-series cars consisted of passenger cars 130, 131 and 135, plus combines 132, 133, 134. All were built by Preston in 1914. They were 58 feet long, with 64 seats, and weighed 75,400 pounds. They rode on 6′-6″ Taylor trucks.

None of the cars survived: The 131, 132 and 135 were scrapped in 1949. 133 met its fate in 1942 while 134 lasted until 1950. The class car – 130 – was preserved in Sandy Pond, NY but allowed to decay.

NST 135 and 132: Substation Junction, 1943

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. Here’s one:

NST 135 & 132 - Substation Junction

NS&T 135 & 132, Substation Junction 1943 – photographer unknown.

In this photo, a pair of the NS&T’s elegant Preston-built wooden cars are rolling through Substation Junction in Thorold, Ontario. The track they’re on is the mainline from Niagara Falls – they’re headed north towards the photographer, and the St. Catharines Terminal. These cars were regulars on the run between the Falls and Port Dalhousie East, where they met the boats to and from Toronto.

Behind the cars, the Main Line swings east and crosses the Welland Canal. The photographer is standing on the south leg of the wye that marked the connection to the Welland Division. The substation – for which the junction was named – would be behind the photographer.

With its combination of industries and junctions, Thorold is shaping up to be a fascinating subject for a model railway.

I’ll share another photo of these two cars tomorrow.