Old Number 17 (1930)

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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The Corner of 9th and Brookdale,
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
September 24, 2011

Please take a moment to click on the “full description” thingy for a wee bit of history. Thanks!

I remember seeing this locomotive cruising through town back in the late 60’s and I remember the trolleys that replaced it. Pretty cool when the contacts came off the wires. Huge sparks arcing all over. The kids used to hang off the back bumpers during the winter and get pulled all over the place. God help you if anyone spotted you and told your folks! I also remember the tracks all over down that were a real hazard for anyone on a bicycle. Instant flight over the handlebars when your front tyre got jammed!

Now it’s parked on a little bit of track near the tourist info and money exchange bureau, slowly fading as the years go by. Surprisingly enough, there’s only one bit of graffiti on one side, no doubt put there by some misguided youth with a troubled childhood. Little bastard.

The proof of purchase.

A head on view.

And the original.

The original was duplicated in PSE and the duplicate layer was turned into B&W with a high infra red effect. The opacity of the B&W layer was dropped to 60%. Then everything was flattened and an “old paper” texture was added.
Not much to it!

From the sign:

Electric Locomotive No. 17 – 80 tons

Locomotive 17 was the last electric locomotive serving Cornwall.
1930 – built by Baldwin Westinghouse for Salt Lake and Utah Railway, USA – 70 ton locomotive.
1954 – rebuilt to 80 tons and operated by Grand River Railway, Preston, Ontario
1963 to 1971 – Cornwall Street Railway, Light and Power Company Limited, Cornwall, Ontario (C.S.R.L. & P. Co.)
1971 – Canadian National Railways, retired from service

Cornwall’s Electric Railway operation began in 1896 with the Cornwall Electric Street Railway Company Limited purchasing two locomotives to handle freight from the Grand Trunk Railway to local industries over their electric street car trackage on Pitt Street and Water Street. The company defaulted on bonds in 1900 and in 1902 operations continued under C.S.R.L. & P. Co. Ltd. Formed by the Bong Holders, Sun Life Assurance Company. Service was extended from C.N.R, C.P.R and N.Y.C. Railroads to local industries, interplant and inplant switching. In 1948 trolley coaches replaced street cars and freight cars were gradually removed from city streets.

In 1971 the C.N.R. purchased the freight operation and retired the electric locomotives in Cornwall.

Locomotive 17 was donated by the C.N.R. And restored in 1982 under the direction of Mr. D. R. Seymour, retired Assistant General Manager of C.S.R.L. & P. Co. Ltd., for the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, with funds from the City of Cornwall and assisted by C.S.R.L. & P. Co. Ltd.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 17 to 70 at 17 mm
iso 100, spot metered, Aperture Priority F18.0, 1/25 second

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