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January 1926 Canadian Railway and Marine World (Toronto) Page 11, col. 1

Canadian National Railways construction, betterments, etc.

Atlantic Region betterments.—The only new railway construction during 1925 was the Lockeport spur, 4.19 miles, from Lockeport Jct. to the Town of Lockeport, N.S., which was opened for traffic, Oct. 19.

Fifty miles of track were relaid with new 85 lb. steel rails; 30 miles were relaid with relay rail and 70 miles were ballasted; 970,000 ties were used for renewals, including 88,000 creosoted hardwood, and 260,000 tie plates were placed in the track.

On the Island Division (Prince Edward Island Ry.) the gauge was originally 3 1/2 ft. Some years ago a commencement was made on the standardization of gauge to obviate the necessity of transferring loads from narrow gauge to standard gauge cars for shipment by car ferry to the mainland. Standardization of gauge between Royalty Jct. and Tignish, and from Emerald Jct. to Port Borden, was completed a few years ago, and the track between Royalty Jct. and Charlottetown was made multiple gauge to permit handling of both narrow and standard gauge trains. During 1924 work was started under a 3 year programme for the standardization of gauge on the Souris, Georgetown and Monague Subdivision, totalling 85.41 miles. The work during 1925 consisted of grading, ditching, extension or replacement of culverts, some 50,000 cu. yd. of ballasting, and the replacement of the following bridges:—Souris Subdivision, mile 27.4, Morell River, new steel 241 1/2 ft. d.p.g. spans and one 90 ft. d.pg. swing span, concrete pivot pier, creosoted timber abutments. Mile 31.2, Midgell River, new steel two 35 ft. d.p.g. new concrete pier, granite faced and concrete abutments. Mile 35.3, subway, new steel 35 ft. I beam span on existing masonry abutments, with new bridge seats. Georgetown Subdivision, mile 0.4, replacement of 102 ft. span with fill and two culverts. Montague Subdivision , mile 2.8, Brudnell River, new steel 80 ft. d.p.g. new concrete abutments. At Souris, replacement of old c.i. turntable by a 70 ft. turntable on concrete pivot pier. In Charlottetown yard, conversion of nine tracks from narrow gauge to multiple gauge, 90% completed, balance to be done in 1926.

The following bridge work was done in New Brunswick:—Miramichi River at Doaktown, N.B., 165 ft. through truss spans, renewal of west abutment completed and first pier under way, second pier to be completed during winter. Missiquash River, on 105 ft. deck plate girder span, renewal of both abutments. Memramcook River, Calhouns, N.B., one 63 ft. deck plate girder, renewal of both abutments. Buctouche River, Buctouche, N.B., timber bridge spans with trestle approaches 1,250 ft. long, replacement with 208 ft. through spans and one 50 ft. deck plate girder span and approach fills, work ready for steel, which will be places when ice forms.

Building, etc.—Terminal facilities at North Sydney, B.S., for handling passenger, freight and mail service to and from Newfoundland including passenger landing stage 175×30 ft., built of creosoted timber cribs, stone filled, native pine deck, passenger service building 160×60 ft. frame building on concrete foundations, covered passage way to landing stage and passenger and baggage platform, freight shed 281 ft.×28 ft. 7 in. frame building. New stations at Elmsdale, Inkerman and Hopewell. new 40,000 gall. tanks at Albert, Five Fingers, and 60,000 gall tank at Charlottetown. New stock pens at Richmond, N.S., to handle 1,000 cattle. New locomotive facilities at Bridgewater, consisting of locomotive house, power house and machine shop, to replace those destroyed by fire. Work was commenced on the closing in of transit sheds 21 and 22 at ocean terminals, Halifax.

Railways: C.N.Rys.