|Monday, February 18, 1918||The Toronto Daily Star (Toronto)||Page 12, col. 5|
Railways are tied up with ice and snow.
Trains on all lines are running behind their schedule.
Freights fail to get signals owing to frozen switches.
To-day's trains. —Canadian Pacific Railway— From Due Arrived Ottawa 7.20 10.10 Sudbury 8.20 10.13 Chicago 8.40 10.20 —Grand Trunk Railway— Chicago 8.40 11.10 Montréal 7.30 9.30 —Canadian Northern Railway— Ottawa 7.25 No report Trenton 11.35 No report
Two derailments in Toronto were the direct results of the change in the weather last night. The first was a freight derailment at Dunn avenue on the Grand Trunk, where a work train with a load of ice from the track ran into a freight and did $140 worth of damage to freight. The second was to the passenger train from Montréal, the engine of which was derailed close to the station. No one was injured and no damage except a little to the track resulted.
Track signals ignored.
Special signals were necessary in the yards as a result of the sudden rainfall, which, falling on frozen switches, turned into ice and promptly blocked them so that they could not be turned. A general order to engineers to ignore track signals and proceed with caution had to be issued. It was the non-receipt of this order which cause the freight accident.
Many of the wires were brought down with the ice last night, cutting off telegraphic connection on the C.P.R. with the Western lines.
Not in the experience of the employes at the Union Station has such a congestion of express freight occurred. The trainsheds and esplanade present the appearance of large freight sheds with the immense volume of express, much of which would normally be sent by general freight cars. Large parts of heavy machinery as well as small packages from department stores load every avaliable truck and wagon around the station and large piles of merchandise of all kinds is stacked in every corner on the platforms waiting for express cars which are far short of the excess demand.
Snowplows from all available division points were out early to-day, but the use of the plows takes away from the general service the motive power which is required to move freight.
Won't save coal.
The heatless days have not so far helped the railways either in the way of taking less coal for transportation or allowing more coal to be moved. The coal which is being saved by the order of the Fuel Controller is for the most part soft coal and the efforts of the transportation companies have been concentrated for the most part on bringing in the hard coal required for domestic purposes, according to one of the higher officials of the Grand Trunk Railway.
"I really do not see that the order is going to help us in any way," he said. "We have to run the same number of trains, and so far as I can see, it is not going to mean any less freight.
"The express companies will profit far more than the railways in overtaking the arrears of work which have been piling up on them. The railways have not been able to pick up all the freight offered for some time."
Around the station and in the yards conditions are very hard for the train crews on account of the frozen switches and the ice and snow on the tracks. The men are working hard, and old railwaymen who have faced nearly similar conditions in the North-West, declare that nothing they have ever had to deal with there compares with the conditions which have prevailed during the last two months here.
One interesting effect of the frost has been to force up the timbers which are used to fill in the space between the tracks at crossing points, and these have had to be replaced constantly.
Passenger traffic heavy.
Passenger traffic is very heavy, and the Union Station was crowded early to-day with citizens who desired to take advantage of the heatless days to go out of town.
C.P.R. doing utmost.
Rumors that the C.P.R. is not doing everything which might be done to help out the coal situation and deal with the problem of getting coal into Toronto from Buffalo are current in the city and are denied by the officials of the company who are backed up by the Grand Trunk Railway officials who say that they have no complaint to make in regard to the attitude of the C.P.R.
It is alleged that the C.P.R. has taken the position that it is not a coal road as the line runs only to Hamilton where some coal which has come over the Michigan Central and the T.H. and B. line is handed over to it. The C.P.R. haul is a short one and not a profitable one for the company.
Grand Trunk officials say that the C.P.R. is not only doing everything possible to help out the situation, but is even running trains containing coal from Hamilton right into Mimico under their own power instead of handing it over to the G.T.R.
Railways: C.No.Ry., C.P.Ry., G.T.Ry., M.C.Rd., T.H. & B.Ry.