A visit yesterday with my friend William Flatt produced a gold mine of information about the Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway, including a set of official track maps of the Welland Subdivision (from Thorold to Port Colborne). The railway produced the original maps in 1920, and revised them in 1948. Here’s a look at Thorold – a combination of two of the map pages:
(I realize these maps are very small, but I’m adding them to this blog primarily for my own reference.)
Thorold, on its own, would make for an interesting layout. In Thorold, the railway had a station, a small yard including a scale track, a junction between the Main Line to Niagara Falls and the Welland Sub, a substation, a couple of major industries (including Exolon and the paper mill on Pine Street) and more. It would provide plenty of construction challenges and operating opportunities.
In the lower left corner, the line heads south towards Fonthill.
I have a lot more material to dig through from yesterday’s trip, and will share it as time allows.