July 1920, No. 269 Canadian Railway and Marine World (Toronto) Page 388, col. 3

Grand Trunk Railway construction, betterments, etc.

Arthabaska, Que.—Senator Lavergne called the attention of the Senate recently to the necessity of building a G.T.R. branch line from Victoriaville to Arthabaska, Que., 3 miles, and asked whether it was the government's intention, now that the G.T.R. is being taken over by the Dominion, to build such a line. He stated that Victoriaville is on the G.T.R. main line, and that Arthabaska is the chief town of a district with a population of 100,000. Arthabaska is the seat of all government and other public buildings, and is also an industrial center, and its only present outlet is at Victoriaville. Sir James Lougheed in reply stated that the G.T.R. had not come absolutely under government control; it was being administered by representatives of the company and the government. He had no doubt that in due course every consideration would be given to the suggestion.

Ottawa cross town tracks.—A petition is being signed asking the Dominion Government to take steps to discontinue all through traffic across Ottawa and to remove all cross town tracks with the exception of a switching track for serving existing industries, such track to be used only at certain hours, and to be removed at some future date.

London grade separation proposals.—Several meetings are reported to have taken place between a special committee of the London, Ont., City Council and G.T.R. representatives to discuss the elimination of level crossings in the city. The Board of Railway Commissioners has had officials in London investigating the situation and a report has been received on the necessity of increased protection at the crossings. The city council is in favor of eliminating the crossings altogether and of so saving the cost of keeping watchmen, and G.T.R. officials are reported to have expressed a willingness to meet the city on the matter. A press report states that the company's Chief Engineer will visit London shortly to prepare plans for subways at Waterloo and Rectory streets as the beginning of the work. It is estimated that these subways will cost about $200,000 each. (June, pg. 292.)

Railways: G.T.Ry.

Stations: Ottawa

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