Tuesday, November 20, 1906 The Globe (Toronto) Page 4, col. 1

Another railroad comes to Toronto.

Canadian Northern trains are now running.

Commenced yesterday.

This city is now linked with Town of Parry Sound.Inauguration was practically devoid of formality. Though citizens at northern terminus had a demonstration—Trains ran according to schedule—Some of the Projects of the Company.

A great railway system added Toronto to its list of connections yesterday when the first Canadian Northern passenger trains moved between this city and Parry Sound. Though the occasion lacked much of the formality which is customary with such events, still it marked another advance in the railway history of the country. Toronto is now linked to a system having a couple of thousand of miles of operated road in the west, as well as branches in eastern Canada.

The first train left the Union Station exactly at 8.10 a.m., as scheduled, and a few citizens and railway men were on hand to see the departure. It was scheduled to reach Parry Sound a little after 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Three cars and an engine were all that constituted this inaugural train. To Mr. D.M. Smith, 81 Concord avenue, goes the honor of being the first passenger on board, he being bound for Beaverton. Mrs. Allan Love, 61 Gould street, purchased the first ticket at the Union Station going to Duncan.Duncan was later known as Oriole.

Some of those on board.

Among others present were Mr. F.N. Spaidel, Superintendent of the C.N.P.; Mr. William Phillips, General Eastern Agent; Mr. C.A. Mackenzie, brother of President Mackenzie, who was also accompanied by Mrs. Mackenzie and Mrs. E. Mackenzie. The train was in charge of Conductor Barsted. The other trainmen were J.W. Finlay, engineer; P. Gaurveau, fireman; E. Morris and D.F. Mulloy, brakemen, all from Parry Sound.

Exactly at the time set forth on the time-table, the first train, in charge of Conductor Anderson, arrived in the city yesterday, at 2.30 p.m. There were about one hundred passengers on board, who had been picked up at various points along the line. The train going north had been met at Brechin. Mr. G. Price Green of the passenger department, who went to Parry Sound on Saturday, and who returned, stated that the roadbed had been greatly improved in the last few weeks.

Every consideration seemed to have been given the travelling public in the construction of the two coaches. One was a Rhodes Curry, built at Amherst, Nova Scotia, and the other a product of the Crossen Works at Cobourg. The seats are all upholstered in green, while the exterior color is dark green, the ?? tops being of a brick-red. One train will leave Toronto at 8.10 a.m. daily arriving at Parry Sound at 3 p.m. Another train will leave the latter point at 7.30 a.m., arriving here at 2.30 p.m.

The welcome at Parry Sound.

Parry Sound, Nov. 19.—(Special despatch to The Globe.)—The inauguration of the daily passenger service of the new Canadian Northern Ontario Railway between Toronto and Parry Sound was regard by citizens here as an important event. They evinced their feelings by turning out in large numbers to welcome the first train when it arrived. It reached here at 3.50 p.m. this afternoon, thirty-five minutes late, having been delayed by a hot box on one of the coaches. The station was crowded with interested spectators, and as the train, made up of two coaches and a baggage car, steamed in a brass bank struck up a lively air and several cheers were given. A good-sized party came up on the train, including a dozen or more passengers, representatives of the Canadian Northern lines and of the Toronto daily papers. Wm. Philips, general eastern agent of the C.N.R., accompanied the party as far as Brechin. F.M. Spaidal, superintendent, and W. E. Ireland, local freight agent, of the new line, were in charge the remainder of the way. The run was entirely a satisfactory one except for short delays through heated journals, and the roadbed was in excellent condition. The special party will return on the regular train leaving here to-morrow morning.

Projects of the company.

The completion of this new branch has added 149 miles to the mileage of the Canadian Northern. At the end of 1902 the total mileage of the system was 1,276, and it has since increased to 3,000. In three years the yearly earnings of the road have increased from $1,335,000 to $4,190,000. In grain traffic the increase has been from 9,395,000 bushels to the estimated handling of 17,000,000 bushels of the crop of 1905. Lumber shipments have increased from 85,551,000 feet for the fiscal year 1902-3 to 141,614,000 feet for the year 1904-5. In equipment, engines have increased from 47 to 116, cars from 1,820 to 4,900. At Port Arthur mammoth elevators have been erected. The company are now engaged in the construction of the Parry Sound to Sudbury branch. It is expected a line will be built from French River to a point directly east of Ottawa, where it will connected with the Great Northern Railway, which was acquired three years ago.

Railways: C.No.Ry.

Stations: Parry Sound

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