September 1923, No. 307 Canadian Railway and Marine World (Toronto) Page 433, col. 3

Canadian National Railways construction, betterments, etc.


Ottawa cross-town tracks.—The engineer's report in regard to the doing away with the cross-town tracks in Ottawa, has been prepared, and we are advised that a proposal regarding the matter will be submitted to the city council shortly.

Abandonment of Canadian Northern Ry. between Cobourg and Brighton.—The Canadian National Rys. management decided recently to abandon the portion of the Canadian Northern Ry. Toronto-Ottawa line between Cobourg and Brighton, Ont., 22.8 miles, and the taking up of the rails was started on Aug. 6. This line which is being abandoned is part of the Orono Subdivision, Ottawa Division, Northern Ontario District, Central region, via which Cobourg is 72.8 miles from Toronto. Parts of the Orono Subdivision line from Cobourg west will be used in connection with the management's scheme of electrification for the Toronto district. The rails being lifted are 80 lb. and in good condition, and fit for main line use elsewhere. The G.T.R. line is now being used for all C.N.R. traffic east of Cobourg.

Burlington second track.—The item in our last issue respecting this work was erroneously headed Burlington third track. The Board of Railway Commissioners has authorized the operation of traffic over the second track with its crossing of the Hamilton Radial Ry. at Brant Ave., Burlington, Ont., the C.N.R. to pay cost of any changes required in the interlocking plant there.

Hamilton improvements.—Following the conference between C. G. Bowker, General Manager, and F. L. C. Bond, Chief Engineer, Central Region, with the city authorities on the railway situation in Hamilton and vicinity, at which matters connected with the layout of the railway lines, the improvements desired by the city, and the necessity for an increased train service were discussed, there have been a good deal of discussion and a number of conferences. Business men favor the construction of a new station at the corner of James and Stuart Streets, and a general plan of betterments is reported to have been prepared by the City Engineer to be sent to the C.N.R. officials for consideration.

The C.N.Rys. have applied to the Board of Railway Commissioners for approval of plans for the erection of a new station at the corner of King St. and Ferguson Ave., to replace the present Ferguson Ave. station. The plans show a building 71 1/2×20 ft., with a roofed over space at the south end, 18 ft. long, the building to be of brick on a concrete foundation, 1 1/2 stories high, with gabled roof. The city council's railway committee considered the plans on Aug. 17 and authorized the City Solicitor to protest against such approval.

Bridgeburg interlocking plant.—An interlocking plant is being installed at the Canadian end of the international bridge, at Bridgeburg, Ont. The interlocking machine, which was made at the railways' Toronto shops, is a 13 lever one, and is located at the station. The interlocking governs movements at the end of the yard near the bridge approach, and slow movements only are made over the switches. Four of the levers govern switches, and the balance are for the operation of dwarf signals. The installation is being made under the direction of C. H. Tillett, Signal Engineer, Central Region, C.N.R.

International Bridge, Bridgeburg.—A press report states that H. A. Stewart, Vancouver, B.C., appeared before the Bridgeburg, Ont., Town Council, Aug. 20, and stated that he had authority from the Canadian National Rys. management to build a driveway and footpath addition to the International Bridge across the river, and that a company had been formed to do the work as the railways did not have the money to carry out the project. The council is reported to have endorsed the project and to have expressed its willingness to submit a bylaw to the ratepayers to guarantee $1,000,000 of bonds.

In connection with this report, it may be recalled that the Buffalo and Fort Erie Bridge Co., promoters' application to the Dominion Parliament at the 1921-22 session, was not agreed to owing to opposition by the then Minister of Railways, who stated that the Government was considering whether it should authorize the building of a highway section to the International Bridge as provided in the charter of incorporation. When the Buffalo and Fort Bridge Co. renewed its application last session, it was stated that the C.N.R. had no intention of adding highway accommodation.

Georgetown bridge.—We are advised in connection with the reported reconstruction of a bridge carrying the highway over the railway tracks near Georgetown, Ont., that it will be a steel and concrete structure carrying a 20 ft. highway, on a 6% approach grade, at an elevation 23.3 ft. above the railway tracks. It is 20 ft. long, consisting of three 40 ft. spans, carried on 2 steel bents on concrete dwarfs piers with buried concrete abutments at each end. The superstructure will consist of through plate girders with I-beam stringers and steel I-beam bents with sway bracing. The floor will be of concrete slab 9 in. thick, reinforced with steel nails at 9 in. centers running longitudinally. The railway will supply the materials for the concrete substructure and will make the excavations and erect the bridge complete with their own forces. The main girders, bents and reinforcing will be supplied from the railway's own stock, and the steel I stringers will be bought locally. The work is expected to be completed about the middle of September.

Southwest Ontario District highway bridges.—we are advised in reference to the 6 overhead highway bridges at Main St., Harrisburg; Given Rd, Beverley Tp.; Concession 5 and 6 Innisfill Tp; between lots 24 and 25 Wilmot Tp; Queen St., Newmarket; and in Concession 1, north of Governor's Rd., Beverley Tp., that they are of wood construction on frame or pile bents, and are to be replaced by permanent material as part of the yearly programme of betterments. The new structures will consist of small concrete abutments, with dwarf piers located close to the main tracks, to be carried below the frost line. The superstructures will consist of 3 spans supported by steel bents, with an approach span on each side taking support on the concrete abutments. The roadways will be rebuilt for 20 ft. horizontal clearance, and in some instances the floor system will be extended so as to provide for a sidewalk. With the exception of steel bents and rolled beams these bridges will be built from stock material and designed to carry trucks of 15 tons capacity. All the work will be done by the railway's forces.

Kitchener grade separation.—Kitchener, Ont., City Council is reported to have appointed James, Proctor and Redfern, consulting engineers, Toronto, to investigate and report a plan for the elimination of level crossings over the C.N.R. tracks in Kitchener.

Midland elevator.—We are officially advised that the addition to Tiffin elevator no. 2, Midland, Ont., which will be built by Fegles Construction Co., Fort William, Ont., will consist of 30 large cylindrical bins and 20 interstice bins, having a total capacity of 2,250,000 bush., together with a movable marine tower, and a number of changes in the old house sot hat is can be operated in conjunction with the new storage annex. When the improvements are completed the three marine towers will have an unloading capacity of 60,000 bush. an hour. The entire plant will be operated by electricity. The plans and specifications for the annex were prepared by Canadian Stewart Co., and the construction will be supervised by them.

Railways: C.N.Rys., C.No.Ry.

Stations: Brighton, Cobourg