April 1944, No. 16 Upper Canada Railway Society Bulletin (Toronto)

Roster of equipment of the Grand River Railway, Lake Erie & Northern Railway and predecessor lines

This roster was complied and donated by an Associate Member,
Mr. O.P. Maus of Brantford, Ont.

Galt, Preston & Hespeler Electric Railway and Preston & Berlin Railway (550 volts)
Road Nos. Classification Length Builder Date H.P. per motor Max. Trac. Effort Weight Seat Cap. Notes
1? Steam Dummy 0-4-0 Baldwin Dec. 1896
  • 15125-12/1896 28900 wt. 7 1/2×14 Cyl. 31 1/4" Dr. - Vauclain Compound.
  • Purchased 1898 from Hamilton & Dundas Street Railway #4.
  • Later sold to a lumber company in Muskoka District.(1)
3 Open (Wood)
  • (single-trucK) Taylor Truck
  • Sold 1927 to Niagara, St. Catherines & Toronto Railway; rebuilt as #1 welding car.
    - Street cars (Wood)
    • single truck.
    • Scrapped.
    - Freight Motor (Wood) 1895
    • G.E. Co. #1200 motors
    • Disposed of
    - Freight Trailer (Wood) 1895
    • Disposed of
    1st. 10 Freight Motor (Wood)
    • G.P.&H.
    • Burned at Galt Station 1919; Parts used to build new #10 locomotive.
    2nd. 10 Freight locomotive 1904
    • Rebuilt G.P.&H. 1919 S.U.
    • To G.R.R. 222.
    • Rebuilt G.R.R. to Steel Box type (old cab, small wood).
    12 Freight Motor (Wood)
    • Disposed of.
    1st. 20 Passenger (Wood) Preston 1895
    • 20 to 23 first G.P.&H. cars
    • Destroyed by fire 1906(2)
    2nd. 20 Freight Locomotive Baldwin-Westinghouse 1907
    • S.U.
    • Wood cab
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • To G.R.R. 224.
    • Rebuilt G.R.R. steel.
    1st. 21 Passenger (Wood) Preston 1895
    • Destroyed by fire 1906(2)
    2nd. 21 (P.&B.) Passenger (Wood) 55' Ottawa 1907 64
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • To G.R.R. 21.
    22 Passenger (Wood) Preston 1895
    • Destroyed by fire 1906(2)
    23 Combination Express & Passenger (Wood) Preston 1895
    • Destroyed by fire 1906(2)
    24? Passenger (Wood)
    • G.P.&H. or P.&B.?
    • Destroyed by fire 1906(2)
    25? Passenger (Wood)
    • G.P.&.H. or P.&B.?
    • Destroyed by fire 1906(2)
    26? Passenger (Wood)
    • G.P.&.H. or P.&B.?
    • Destroyed by fire 1906(2)
    27? Passenger (Wood)
    • G.P.&.H. or P.&B.?
    • Destroyed by fire 1906(2)
    28? Passenger (Wood)
    • G.P.&.H. or P.&B.?
    • Destroyed by fire 1906(2)
    29? Passenger
    • G.P.&.H. or P.&B.?
    • Destroyed by fire 1906(2)
    - Freight Locomotive. Baldwin-G.P.&H.
    • Wood cab.
    • Destroyed by fire 1906(2)
    30 Freight Locomotive.
    • Wood cab.
    • Scrapped or solid prior to 1921.
    31 Passenger (Wood) 55' Ottawa 62
    • G.P.&H. or P.&B.?
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • To G.R.R. 31.
    39 Express Motor (Wood)
    • Curtis Trucks.
    • Purchased 1917 from Brantford Municipal Railways #214 Passenger; ex-Grand Valley Railway #47; ex-GV Galt; orig. steam coach from Mahattan Elevated Railway (N.Y.).
    • Scrapped after 1921.
    40 Freight Locomotive Baldwin-Westinghouse
    • S.U.
    • Wood cab.
    • Baldwin trucks.
    • Sold to Hull Electric Company #107 prior to 1921.
    41 Passenger (Wood) 55' Ottawa 1907 64
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • To L.E.&N.R. 41; involved in head-on collision at Hagey 1919; rebuilt L.E.&N.R. type vestibule.
    51 Passenger (Wood) 55' Ottawa 1907 64
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • To L.E.&N.R. 51; used as Express car for a time.
    61 (P.&B.) Passenger (Wood) 55' Ottawa 1910 64
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • To L.E.&N.R. 61; involved in head-on collision at Hagey 191; rebuilt L.E.&N type vestibule.
    81 (G.P.&H.) Passenger (Wood) 55' Ottawa 1910 64
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • To G.R.R. 81; rebuilt as G.R.R. 824.
    205 (P.&B.) Passenger (Wood S.U.) 53'2" Preston 1912 64
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • To G.R.R. 205; rebuilt as G.R.R. 826.
    215 (P.&B.) Passenger (Wood S.U.) 53'2" Preston 1912 64
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • To G.R.R. 215; rebuilt as G.R.R. 828.

    G.P.&H.E.R. & P.&B.R. Notes

    1. Conflicts with article by Andrew A. Merrilees, which states that the locomotive was sold to contractor John MacDonaldU.C.R.S. Newsletter No. 57.
    2. On December 4, 1906, G.P.&H. Electric Railway and P.&B. Railway Preston barns burned. eight passenger cars and a locomotive destroyed. Freight motor and two passenger cars out on line at the time andwere saved. One of the eight cars burned only had the end damaged by fire but was serviceable for use in the emergency shortage of cars.
    Grand River Railway (1500 volts)
    Road Nos. Classification Length Builder Date H.P. per motor Max. Trac. Effort Weight Seat Cap. Notes
    Electric Locomotives
    222 Freight (Steel) 30' 1904 85 10,000 88,600
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks
    • Rebuilt G.R.R. 1921
    224 Freight (Steel) 31'6" Baldwin-Westinghouse 1907 85 10,000 76,000
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks
    • Rebuilt 1921
    • Equipped with snow plow when needed.
    226 Freight (M.U., Steel) 34'6" Preston & G.R.R. 1904 125 20,000 142,000
    • 36" wheels
    • Baldwin trucks
    228(1) Freight (M.U., Steel) 34'6" Preston & G.R.R. 1904 125 20,000 142,000
    • 36" wheels, Baldwin trucks
    • May 1940: 40" wheels; 160 h.p. per motor
    Electric Cars
    21, 31 Passenger (Wood) 55' Ottawa 1907 64
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • Motors sold prior to 1929.
    • Scrapped Preston 1935.
    622 Express & Baggage (Steel)
    (M.U.)
    64' Preston & G.R.R. 1921 125 18,000 104,000
    • 36" wheels, Baldwin trucks
    624 Combination (Steel, M.U.) 64' Preston 1921 85 8,000 96,000 34
    • 36" wheels, Baldwin trucks
    • Rebuilt 1936-7 by G.R.R from passenger 866.
    824 Passenger (S.U.) 53'2" Ottawa 1910 85 8,000 69,000 64
    • 36" wheels, Baldwin trucks
    • Rebuilt G.R.R. 1923
    826, 828, 842
    844
    Passenger (S.U.)
    (M.U.)
    53'2" Preston 1911 85 8,000 73,000 64
    • 36" wheels, Baldwin trucks
    • Rebuilt G.R.R. 1923
    846, 848, 862,
    864, 866
    Passenger (S.U.)
    (M.U.)
    53'2" Preston & G.R.R. 1921 85 8,000 96,000 68
    • 36" wheels, Baldwin trucks
    • 866 damaged by fire 1933; rebuilt 1936 as combination 624.
    Miscellaneous Equipment
    6, 8 Caboose 22' C.P.R. Angus Shops Sep. 1923 64
    • 33" wheels, A.C.&F. arch bar
    S-2 Sweeper 28'4" McQuire Cummings 35 64
    • 33" wheels, single truck.
    • 25 H.P. motor on sweeper.
    • Scrapped Preston 1935.

    G.R.R. Notes

    1. Best of 125 H.P. motors taken from G.R.R. 228 & L.E.&N.R. 337 to be placed on G.R.R. 222.
    2. G.R.R.-L.E.&N.R. electric and motor equipment by Westinghouse.
    Lake Erie and Northern Railway (1500 volts)
    Road Nos. Classification Length Builder Date H.P. per motor Max. Trac. Effort Weight Seat Cap. Notes
    Electric Locomotives
    333 Freight (Steel) 34'6" Baldwin-Westinghouse Sep. 1915 125 20,000 124,000
    • #42474-9/15
    • 36" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • Equipped with snow plow when needed.
    • M.U. with 335.
    335 Freight (Steel) 34'6" Baldwin-Westinghouse 1916 125 20,000 124,000
    • 36" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • M.U. with 333.
    337 Freight (Steel) 34'6" Preston & G.R.R. 1921 125 20,000 142,000
    • 36" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • 40" wheels, 160 H.P. motors 1940.
    • M.U. with G.R.R. 226-228.
    Electric Cars
    41, 51, 61 Passenger Trailers 55' Ottawa 1907 64
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    • Scrapped Preston 1935.
    795, 797 Combination (S.U.)
    (M.U.)
    58'6" Preston 1915 85 8,000 85,600 18
    933, 935, 937, 939,
    953, 955
    Passenger (S.U.)
    (M.U.)
    58'6" Preston 1915 85 8,000 84,000 70
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    973, 975 Passenger (Steel)
    (M.U.)
    64' Preston & G.R.R. 1921 85 8,000 96,000 68
    • 33" wheels, Baldwin trucks.
    Miscellaneous Equipment
    5 Caboose 22' C.P.R. Angus Shops May 1923
    • 33" wheels, arch bar trucks.
    300 Ballast Spreader 1903
    • 33" wheels, arch bar trucks.
    • Scrapped ca. 1929.
    500 Boarding Car (Wood) 54'6" 1903 57,350
    • 33" wheels, arch bar trucks.
    • Scrapped Preston after 1930; body sold.
    1000 Lidgerwood(1) (Wood) 1898
    • 33" wheels, arch bar trucks.
    • Scrapped ca. 1929.
    407256 Wire Line Car (Wood)
    • Arch bar trucks.
    • Scrapped Preston 1937.
    —- Portable Substation (Wood)
    • Arch bar trucks.
    • Scrapped Preston prior to 1929.
    R-4 Bonding Car (Steel) Erico 1914 6,500
    • One motor (single truck).
    L-6 Wire Line Car (Wood) G.R.R.
    • G.R.R. on hand motor car (single truck).
    • Scrapped Preston ca. 1935.
    L-8 Wire Line Car (S.U.) G.R.R. ca. 1935
    • (Single truck) Cadillac engine gasoline motor car.
    • Cadillac engine repalced Russell-Knight 1936.
    • Built from Russell-Knight automobile.

    L.E.&N.R. Notes

    1. Lidgerwood was a manufacturer of ballast unloading cars.
    Miscellaneous equipment from C.P.R. in use on L.E.&N.-G.R.R.
    Road Nos. Classification Notes
    410243 Boarding Car (Wood)
    • Rebuilt C.P.R. June 1921.
    • Arch bar trucks.
    • Assigned L.E.&N.R. 1942.
    414009 Auxiliary Crane (Steel)
    • Arch bar trucks.
    • Assigned L.E.&N.-G.R.R. prior to Oct. 1928.
    435084 Caboose (Wood)
    • Arch bar trucks.
    • Assigned L.E.&N. prior to 1938.
    435265 Caboose (Wood)
    • Arch bar trucks.
    • Assigned G.R.R. prior to 1938.
    435746 Caboose (Wood)
    • Arch bar trucks.
    • Assigned L.E.&N. prior to 1932.
    • Returned C.P.R. 1932
    Lake Erie & Northern Railway (Original Numbering to 1921)
    Old Road Nos. Classification New Road Nos. Notes
    50, 60 Locomotive (M.U.) 335, 333
    • 50 badly damaged by fire 1921; rebuilt.
    • 333 originally with regenerative brakes and passenger gearing.
    • 335 and 335 originally with pantograph type of trolley.
    209, 219 Combination (M.U.) 797, 795
    225, 235, 245, 255 Passenger (M.U.) 933, 935, 937, 939
    229 Baggage-Express (Wood) 229
    • Rebuilt L.E.&N.R. 1920 from C.P.R. Baggage Car.
    • Retired after frame buckled 1920-21.
    • Dismantled; body now store house at Brantford.
    265, 275 Passenger Trailers (M.U.) 953, 9335
    • Later rebuilt as motor cars.
    300 Ballast Spreader 300
    500 to 505 Passenger (Wood) 500 to 505
    • Ex-C.P.R. open-platform coaches.
    • 500 body sold to Preston scrap dealer; used as office.
    • Another scrap Paris gravel pit.
    • Another scrap Hagey sand pit (on G.R.R.).
    1000 Lidgerwood(1) 1000
    407256 Wire Line Car 407256
    —- Portable Substation —-
    —- Welding (Bonding) Car R-4

    Members wanting further information about these railways should refer to the brief historical sketch of the G.R.R. and the L.E.&N.R. which was published in the U.C.R.S. Bulletin 14 (Jan. 1944).

    Railways: G.P. & H.St.Ry., G.R.Ry., L.E. & N.Ry., P. & B.Ry.

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