October 1899, No. 20 The Railway and Shipping World (Toronto) Page 291, col. 3

Grand Trunk betterments, etc.

It is expected that the Victoria Jubilee Bridge, already open for railway traffic, will be completed during Oct., & open for vehicular & pedestrian traffic. Good progress is being made with the approaches & the iron screens & guards.

The Co. has acquired some land at St. Lambert, opposite Montréal, for the purpose of constructing a dyke to protect the piers of the Victoria Jubilee Bridge.

The hanging bridge over the tracks at the Point St. Charles yard, Montréal, which has been used for many years, is to be removed to make room for the additional tracks that the increased traffic requires.

Work has been commenced on improvements to Bonaventure station, Montréal. The wooden sidewalk at the eastern front is to be replaced by asphalt. In front of the station a fountain will be erected, & at either end of the rectangle a grass plot will be laid down & flowers planted, while the entrance & exit for vehicular traffic will be regulated by the placing of stone posts at each end. The canopy that at present runs the length of the building & extends over the sidewalk will be extended out another 15 ft., so as to afford protection against the weather to passengers entering or leaving cabs or buses. Some important structural changes are also to be made to the station building, which will, it is said, include the removal of the second-class waiting-room & closets. The changes, when carried out, will enable the I.C.R. officials, who are at present inadequately housed in a room belonging to the Customs Department at the station, to take up quarters of a more commodious character. Arrangements will be made for their occupying two large rooms, one of which will be utilized as an office & the other for the stores of the parlor, sleeping & dining cars.

The yards at York, near Toronto, are being remodelled for the purpose of forming a westbound yard south of the main track. There will be 7 or 8 long tracks, capable of containing 80 cars each, while a new shunting track will be constructed to permit shunting without fouling the west-bound main line.

The daily papers have recently stated that the Co. will discontinue the use of the I.C.R. station at Lévis & build one of its own, as the I.C.R. station is much overcrowded & that the G.T.R. will operate its own ferries between Lévis & Québec. This is very misleading. The G.T.R. passenger trains have heretofore made joint use of Lévis station with the I.C.R., but owing to its crowded condition the G.T.R. has discontinued running its passenger trains into it & now stop them at its own station at Point Lévis, from which station its own ferries have hitherto run & continue to run to the city of Québec. The only change in the situation is that the G.T.R. interchanges its business with the I.C.R. at Point Lévis, & ferries from there to Québec, instead of from the lower station.

On the Middle Division about 120 miles are being relaid with heavy steel rails this year. More than 500,000 ties have been replaced & some 80 miles have been reballasted.

A contract has been let for substituting a heavier superstructure for the old bridge over the Magog River, Que. The old piers & abutments will be utilized.

The surveys for the improvement of grades & tie laying of double track between Hamilton & Niagara Falls is about completed, & it is said contracts for the work will be let at an early date, though nothing definite has yet been decided on.

Sarnia rate-payers have passed a by-law granting $2,559 for building a switch from the G.T.R. yards to the Dominion Wire Manufacturing Co.'s works.

Railways: G.T.Ry.

Stations: Danforth