1902 Report of the Commissioner of Public Works for the Province of Ontario (Toronto) Page 30

Report of the Engineer

Robert McCallum, Engineer Public Works

Toronto, December 31, 1901

Hon. F. R. Latchford,
Commissioner of Public Works, Ontario

Sir,—I have the honour to submit the following report on the additional works which have been constructed, and repairs and improvements made; also respecting the extension of railways throughout the Province during the year 1901.

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Extension of railways

Construction work has been in progress on several new lines of railway during the present year, the details of the work done so far as could be ascertained being as follows:—

Ontario and Rainy River Railway.

This railway now forms a portion of what is known as the Canadian Northern, and was commenced during the month of August, 1898. At the close of 1900 it was reported as having the grading practically completed for a distance of 112 miles from the commencement of the line at Stanley on the Port Arthur, Duluth and Western Railway, and about 80 per cent. of it is done on a further distance of about 10 miles, the track being then laid for 93 miles, and 57 miles ballasted. The work has since been proceeded with from both ends of the line, and so vigorously prosecuted that the track laying is now completed continuously from Stanley to the Interprovincial Boundary of Rainy River at Beaver Mills, a distance of 268 miles; the last spike being driven on the 31st of December.

The completion of ballasting, which is well advanced, and other improvements necessary to fully complete the line will be pushed as rapidly as possible, and it will, therefore, be opened for the conveyance of both freight and passengers at an early date.

The road has been built with a view to heavy traffic, and will form a competing line with the C.P.R., between Winnipeg and Port Arthur, the portion between the Interprovincial Boundary at Beaver Mills and Winnipeg having been completed and opened for traffic since the month of November last year.

The company have, in anticipation of heavy grain traffic, also during the present year constructed extensive docks at Port Arthur, and an elevator with a capacity of 1,250,000 bushels, the whole of which works are now practically completed.

James Bay Railway.

The construction of a portion of this railway from what is known as the "Québec Siding," on the Canada Atlantic Railway, situated about three miles eastward of Rose Point Station, was commenced during the month of July of the present year, and the line is now about completed to the crossing of the Seguin River in Parry Harbour, distance of a little over 3 1/2 miles.

Some grading has, I understand, also been done on the Nipissing and James Bay Railway, a few miles out of North Bay.

Algoma Central Railway.

Construction work has been steadily proceeded with on this railway during the year, and I understand that the grading on the main line is DOW completed for a distance of 86 miles, northerly from Sault Ste. Marie, and 48 miles of steel rails laid, weighing 85 pounds to the lineal yard, and 34 miles ballasted.

The grading and track laying on a branch from the Michipicoten Division to the Josephine Mine, a distance of 10 1/2 miles, has also been completed, and the ballasting attended to for a distance of 3 miles.

Manitoulin and North Shore Railway.

As previously reported the construction of this line was commenced at Sudbury during the month of June, 1900, and at the close of that year, the grading had been completed, and track laid for a distance of about 3 miles. Operations have been steadily continued during the present year, and the line is now fully completed and open for traffic to the Gertrude Nickel Mine in the Township of Creighton, a distance of 13t miles, and a branch one mile In length has also been built to the Elsie Mine.

It is intended to proceed with the further extension of the line at once, the clearing of the right of way of a five mile section extending to the Vermillion River, having already been commenced.

Bruce Mines and Algoma Railway.

The construction of this line which is intended to extend from Bruce Mines on Lake Huron to the concentrating mill of the Rook Lake Mining Company, Rock Lake, a distance of about 16 1/2 miles was commenced at the crossing of the Soo Branch of the C.P.R. on the 10th of August last, and I understand the grading is now completed for a distance of 14 1/2 miles, and that 10 miles of track have been laid, and one mile ballasted. It is expected the track laying will be completed to the Rock Lake Mill in about three weeks, and it is intended to push the ballasting to completion as soon as the weather will permit of this work being properly attended to in the coming spring, and also to complete the portion from the C.P.R. crossing to the lake in the early part of the season.

The following revised statement to the close of 1901 gives in detail the mileage of each railway in Ontario, distinguishing between those constructed prior to and since Confederation:—

From the details given it will be seen that construction work has been in progress on five lines of railways during the present year, two of which have not been previously reported upon, and that 295.50 miles have been completed and opened for traffic.

No. Name of Railway. Terminal points. Completed
prior to
Confederation.
Completed
since
Confederation.
At present

construction.
Total length
in
operation of each
rail-way or
system of
railways in
miles.
From. To. Length in miles. Length in miles. Length in miles.
1 Grand Trunk Railway, Mainline Eastern Province Boundary Point Edward 457.00 . . .
2 do Buffalo & Lake Huron Branch Fort Erie Goderich 158.00 . . .
3 do London Branch St. Mary's London 23.00 . . .
4 do Galt & Doon Branch Galt Berlin 7.00 4.50 . .
5 do Waterloo Junction Railway Waterloo Elmira . 10.25 . .
6 do Toronto & Nipissing Branch Toronto Coboconk . 88.00 . .
7 do Midland Railway Main Line Port Hope Midland City 65.00 54.53 . .
8 do do Peterboro Branch Millbrook Lakefield 13.00 9.00 . .
9 do Lake Simcoe Junction Stouffville Jackson's Point . 26.50 . .
10 do Whitby, Port Perry & Lindsay Stouffville Lindsay . 46.00 . .
11 do Victoria Railway Lindsay Haliburton . 55.81 . .
12 do Grand Junction Railway Belleville Peterborough . 64.65 . .
13 do Belleville & North Hastings Grand Junction Railway Madoc . 22.00 . .
14 do Toronto & Ottawa, . Madoc Bridgewater . 9.00 . .
15 do do Manilla Link Wick Manilla . 6.50 . .
16 do do Omemee Link Omemee Peterborough . 14.00 . .
17 do Port Dover & Lake Huron Port Dover Stratford . 63.00 . .
18 do South Norfolk Railway Simcoe Port Rowan . 17.00 . .
19 do Chemong Branch Peterborough Chemong Lake . 9.00 . .
20 do Stratford & Huron Stratford Wiarton . 106.27 . .
21 do Owen Sound Extension Parkhead Owen Sound . 12.40 . .
22 do Georgian Bay & Wellington Palmerston Durham . 26.00 . .
23 Grand Trunk Railway,
Great Western Div.
Mainline Suspension Bridge Windsor 229.00 . . .
24 do Toronto & Hamilton Branch Toronto Hamilton 39.50 . . .
25 do Loop Line Division Glencoe Fort Erie . 145.00 . .
26 do Kingscourt & Glencoe Branch Kingscourt Glencoe . 20.60 . .
27 do Sarnia Branch Komoka Sarnia 51.00 . . .
28 do Petrolea Branch Wyoming Petrolea 7.00 . . .
29 do Brantford Branch Harrisburg Brantford 8.00 . . .
30 do Brantford & Norfolk Brantford Tilsonburg . 35.88 . .
31 do Wellington, Grey & Bruce, . Harrisburg Southampton 27.00 102.00 . .
32 do do S. Extension Palmerston Kincardine . 66.00 . .
33 do London, Huron & Bruce Hyde Park Junction Wingham . 69.75 . .
34 do London & Port Stanley London Port Stanley 25.00 . . .
35 do Welland Railway Port Colborne Port Dalhousie 25.00 . . .
36 Northern Railway, Collingwood Branch Toronto Meaford 94.00 21.00 . .
37 do Muskoka Branch Barrie Gravenhurst . 53.00 . .
39 do Hamilton & Northwestern, Main Line Port Dover Allandale . 135.30 . .
40 do do Collingwood Branch Clarkesville Collingwood . 40.00 . .
41 Northern & Pacific Junction Railway Gravenhurst La Vase . 111.5 . .
42 Toronto Belt Line Railway, Eastern Section Don Station, G.T.R. Junction with Northern Railway . 8.50 . .
43 do Western Section Carleton, on G.T.R. Swansea . 4.33 . 2719.11
44 Canadian Pacific Railway, Mainline Ottawa Western Provincial Boundary 57.00 1144.00 . .
45 do do Ottawa Eastern Provincial Boundary . 66.40 . .
46 do Algoma Branch Sudbury Junction Sault Ste. Marie . 180.25 . .
47 do Brockville & Ottawa Railway Brockville Carleton Place 46.00 . . .
48 do St. Lawrence & Ottawa Ry. and Chaudiere Branch Prescott Ottawa 59.50 . . .
49 do Ontario & Québec Railway, Main Line Toronto Junction Eastern Provincial Boundary 12.00 281.25 . .
50 do do Don Branch Main Line Toronto . 5.00 . .
51 do do Detroit Extension London Windsor . 112.50 . .
52 do Credit Valley Ry., Main Line Toronto St. Thomas . 119.13 . .
53 do do Orangeville Branch Streetsville Elora and Orangeville . 62.83 . .
54 do do Guelph Branch Campbellville Guelph . 15.00 . .
55 do Toronto, Grey & Bruce, Main Line Toronto Owen Sound . 122.00 . .
56 do do Teeswater Branch Orangeville Teeswater . 73.00 . .
57 do do Wingham Branch Glenannan Wingham . 4.75 . .
58 do West Ontario Pacific Railway Woodstock London . 27.00 . .
59 do Atlantic & North-West Railway Renfrew Eganville . 19.25 . 2406.86
60 Michigan Central Railway, formerly Canada Southern, Main Line Windsor Suspension Bridge . 226.08 . .
61 do St. Clair Branch St. Clair Junction Courtright . 62.20 . .
62 do Amherstburg Branch Amherstburg Essex Centre . 15.70 . .
63 do Oil Springs Branch Oil City Junction Eddy's . 5.20 . .
64 do Petrolea Branch Petrolea Junction Petrolea . 4.90 . .
65 do Leamington & St. Clair Branch Comber Leamington . 15.90 . .
66 do Fort Erie Branch Welland Junction Fort Erie . 17.40 . .
67 do Niagara Branch Fort Erie Niagara 30.00 . . 378.10
68 Parry Sound Colonization Railway Scotia Depot Harbor . 51.20 . .
69 Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway Scotia Depot Harbor . 212.60 . 236.80
70 Canada Atlantic Railway Ottawa Eastern Province Boundary . 68.08 . .
71 Central Counties Railway Glen Robertson Hawkesbury . 21.00 . .
71 Central Counties Railway Glen Robertson Hawkesbury . 21.00 . .
72 do South Indian Rockland . 17.00 . 106.08
73 Cobourg, Peterborough & Marmora Ry., Mamora Line Cobourg Harward . 14.50 . .
74 Kingston & Pembroke Railway Kingston Renfrew . 103.00 . 103.00
75 Prince Edward County Railway Picton Trenton and G.T.R. . 32.44 . 32.44
76 Central Ontario Railway Trenton at G.T.R. Bancroft . 95.00 . 95.00
77 Ontario, Belmont & Northern Railway Central Ontario Ry. Belmont Mine . 9.57 . 9.57
78 Erie & Huron Railway Rondeau Sarnia . 70.47 . 70.47
79 Napanee, Tamworth & Québec Railway, Napanee Tweed . 50.00 . .
79 do Harrowsmith Branch Yarker Harrowsmith . 7.00 . 57.00
80 Bay of Quinte Railway Deseronto Grand Trunk Ry. . 3.5 . 3.5
81 Nosbonsing & Nipissing Railway Lake Nipissing (S.E. Bay) Lake Nosbonsing . 5.00 . 5.00
82 Irondale, Brancroft & Ottawa Railway Kinmount Bancroft . 45.00 8.00 45.00
83 Brockville, Westport & Sault Ste. Marie Brockville Westport . 45.00 . 45.00
84 St. Catharines & Niagara Central Railway Niagara Falls St. Catharines . 12.50 . 12.50
85 Lake Erie & Detroit River Railway Walkerville Ridgetown . 84.00 . 84.00
86 Port Arthur, Duluth and Western Railway Port Arthur Gun Flint Lake . 85.54 . 85.54
87 Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway Waterford Brantford . 18.00 . .
do Waterford Brantford . 62.50 . 80.50
88 Tilsonburg, Lake Erie & Pacific Railway Tilsonburg Port Burwell . 18.58 . 18.58
89 Ottawa & New York Railway Ottawa Cornmwall . 55.00 . 55.00
90 Pembroke Southern Railway Pembroke Golden Lake . 21.50 . 21.50
91 Ontario & Rainy River Railway Stanley on the P. A. D. & W. Ry. Western Province Boundary . 268.00 . 268.00
92 Algoma Central Railway, Sault Ste. Marie Michipicoten River . 136.00 . .
93 do Michipicoten Branch Michipicoten Harbor Main Line of C.P.R. . 12.00 28.00 .
94 do Josephine Branch Michipicoten Branch Josephine Mine . 10.50 . 22.50
95 Manitoulin & North Shore Railway Sudbury Gertrude Mine . 13.50 5.00 13.50
96 Bruce Mines & Algoma Railway Bruce Mines Rock Lake . ,, 16.50 .
97 James Bay Railway Canada Atlantic Ry. Parry Harbor . 3.50 . 3.50
1,477.50 5,571.33 193.50 7,019.55

I have the honour to remain, Sir, your obedient servant,
Rob McCallum, Engineer Public Works

Railways: J.B.Ry., O. & R.R.Ry.