C.N.Rys. Brampton Subdivision

The Brampton Subdivision has as its origin the Toronto & Guelph Railway (T. & G.Ry.), which was incorporated in August 30, 1851 to build from Toronto to Guelph. In TBD, the T. & G.Ry. was among the constituent railways that formed the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) mainline from Toronto to Sarnia. The line opened to Guelph on July 1, 1856 and to Stratford on November 17, 1856.

By January 3, 1965 the Brampton Subdivision was reorganized as follows:

The Guelph Subdivision was leased to the Goderich-Exeter Railway between 1998-11-15 and 2018-11-15.

The Weston Subdivision was acquired by GO Transit on 2009-04-08.

M0.00 to M1.12 Brampton Subdivision corresponds to mileage M0.00 to M1.12 Oakville Subdivision.

Toronto

*Register station for first class, and passenger extra trains, originating and terminating.

Toronto is an initial station Brampton Subdivision.

Movement of trains between Toronto and West Toronto govened by Toronto Terminals time table.

Bathurst St.—Yard Office.—

Register station for trains originating and terminating at Bathurst St. Yard, or Exhibition Grounds, not required to register at Toronto.

West Toronto

All first class and eastward freight trains may register at West Toronto by delivering register ticket to operator.

Automatic block signals extend from end of double track, West Toronto to Weston.

Weston

Signal No. 53 governs westward movements from both main tracks to single track.

Cars must not be placed on Weston Coal & Lumber Company trestle east of pooint where tie is chained to rails.

Sounding of engine whistle signals on any locomotive, car or other mechanism propelled on a railway is prohibited in respect to any public crossing at grade within the limits of the Town of Weston, and any public crossing at grade within the limits of the Township of York, except when necessary to prevent accident (B.T.C. 57201.) (B.T.C. 70106.) This does not prohibit the sounding of engine whistle signals when necessary for train operation.

The Humber River bridge mileage 9.66 is the Westerley limits of the Town of Weston.

Georgetown

South siding—track next south of main track extends from f911 feet east of station to crossover switch 1092 feet west of station. North siding—track next north of main track extends from most easterly switch to switch located 743 feet west of sttion.

All switching movements on tracks over private crossing just east of station must be protected by member of crew and all movements to tracks north of stocl pens must to be preceded by member of crew to give necessary warning. (B.T.C. 27847.)

Brampton Subdivision main track is used by Milton Subdivision trains must obtain permission from dispatcher at Stratford who will record such permission in train order book as transmitted to and acknowledge by conductor, except when communication with the train dispatcher is interrupted, crossover movement may be made under flag protection. Normal position of junction switches is for Brampton Subdivision.

Limehouse

No. 37 stop at Limehouse to detrain revenue passengers from West Toronto and beyond.

Acton

All eastward freight trains must make running test of brakes approaching and before passing Acton in order that condition of train brakes may be known, and brake system fully re-charged before reaching summit of grade. If, in judgment of engineman, retaining valves are necessary for safe control of train he must stop before pasing Acton and trainmen will turn up as many retaining valves on head end as engineman demands.

When Opertor on duty no eastward train will leave Acton until preceeding train has arrived at Georgetown. When Operator not on duty, or communications fail, fusees burning red must be dropped to maintain proper intervals. The foregoing does not relieve trainmen from complying with Rule No. 99.

Cars are not to be left standing on tracks within 200 feet of Mill Street (first west of station) except cars for Ritchie and Agar, which are placed on north track opposite their coal shed and such cars must not be placed closer to crossing than west end of coal shed.

Rockwod

Cars must not be left standing on north track between freight shed and public crossing at grade or within 150 feet west of crossing, except cars placed at stock pens during unloading or loading operations.

Double Track—

Extends from switch located just west of bridge mileage 48.53 to switch opposite station at Guelph Jct. A spring switch is located at each end of double track. See further instructions, page 33.

Guelph

Register station for first class and passenger extra trains. First class trains must obtain terminal clearance except Nos. 137, 39 and 139 (no operator on duty for these trains). Other trains may pass from double to single track without terminal clearance provided train order signal indicates proceed.

Tracks at Guelph are numbered from the north and will be normally used as follows No. 1 westward main track; No. 2 station track; No. 3 eastward main track; No. 4 station tracks. (For further instructions—see page 19.)

Rule No. 91 not applicable between Guelph and Guelph Jct. A trainmen or yardman must ride on the rear car of every train or switch movement. If rear end car is without end door or vestibule, trainmen or yardman will take a conspicuous position as near the rear as possible, and must be provided with all necessary equipment for prompt use guard against the possibility of accident when his train or engine stops or is moving under circumstances in which it may be overtaken and must take such action as is necessary to warn following movement of the presence or location of his train or engine and lighted fusees, red or yellow, as the case may require, must be displayed or thrown off at proper intervals.

Signal No 485, located east of station, governs westward movements and indicates position of spring switch. Rule 104-A governs.

Guelph Jct.

C*, coal only.

Register station for extra trains except Extra Passenger Trains. Trains may pass from double to single track without terminal clearance, regular trains may leave without terminal clearance provided train order signal indicates proceed. Extra trains may leave without terminal clearance when no operator on duty.

Signal No. 498 located west of station governs spring switch for eastward movements from single to double track and to block end sign on eastward track.

Dwarf signal No. 500, located west of station, governs movements from north trck to block end sign on eastward main track. Trains finding either signal displaying stop indication will proceed in accordance wth Rule 104-A over spring switch and then proceed at restricted speed to end of block.

Sounding of engine whistle signals on any locootive, car or other mechanism propelled on a railway is prohibited in respect to any public crossing at grade within the limits of the City of Guelph, except when necessary to prevent accident. (B.T.C. 69572.) This does not prohibit the sounding of engine whistle signals when necessary for train operation.

The limits of the City of Guelph extend from mileage 47.60 to mileage 50.24.

Nos. 172, 173, 174, and 1875 will use east leg of wye, Fergus Subdivision; Operator handle switches of east wye for Nos. 172, 174 and 175; also crossover switches at Edinburgh Road for Nos. 172 and 174, and switch from Eastward Main Track to Fergus Subdivision (South) for Nos. 173 and 174.

When movements from the Fergus Subdivision Eastward over Edinburgh Road, second public crossing east of Guelph Jct. station are made, the wig-wag signals will commence fo function when the main track switch turning out from the Brampton Subdivision to Fergus Subdivision is opened and similarly will stop when switch is again restored to normal position. Furthermore, movements from Loudens and the shop track will not actuate the wig-wags, consequently trainmen and yardmen must be in a position to flag such movements over Edinburgh Road.

All switch movements over Alma Street (first east of Station), Guelph Jct. must be protected by member of crew.

Kitchener

Trains not requried to register.

Freight trains or yard engines must not pass over King Street (fourth west of station) and Lancaster St. (third east of station) except in case of emergency between the following times: 11.55 a.m. to 12.10 p.m., 12.50 p.m. to 1.01 p.m. and 4.55 p.m. to 5.10 p.m.

North Siding—Track north of main track, extends from second most easterly switch of Kitchener yard to crossover just east of King Street (fourth west of Station).

South Siding—Track next south of main track, extends between Lancaster Street (third east of Station) and Ahrens Street (first east of Station). East Switch located 2999 feet east of Sation; west switch 340 feet east of Station.

Lancaster Street (third ast of Station)—All movements on other than main track must be flagged over this crossing by a member of the crew between the hours of 11.00 p.m. and 7.00 a.m. daily (B.T.C. 71347.)

Ahrens Street (first east of Station); Weber Street (first west of Station); Edward Street (second west of Station); and Waterloo Street (third west of Station)—all movements on other than main track over these crossings must be protected by a member of the crew between the hours of 11.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. daily (B.T.C. 56961.)

Sounding of engine whistle signals on any locomotive, car or other mechanism propelled on a railway is prohibited in respect to any public crossing at grade within the limits of the City of Kitchener, except when necessary to prevent accident. (B.T.C. 57629.) This does not prohibit the sounding of engine whistle signals when necessary for train operation.

The limits of the City of Kitchener extend from mileage 61.72 to mileage 64.08.

Breslau

No. 29 stop at Breslau to detrain revenue passengers from points beyond Troonto, Petersburg, Baden and New Hamburg to detrain revenue passengers from West Toronto and beyond.

New Hamburg

No. 40 stop at New Hamburg to detrain revenue passengers from London and beyond and stop on flag to entrain revenue passengers for points beyond Toronto.

Shakespeare

No. 29 stop at Shakespeare to detrain revenue passengers from points beyond Troonto, Petersburg, Baden and New Hamburg to detrain revenue passengers from West Toronto and beyond.

Railway Crossings at Grade
Mileage
21.46 Crossing Canadian Pacific Railway; Interlocking. East home signal is equipped with dummy mast identified by lunar white light. B.T.C. 67253
Yard Limit signs
West Toronto 5,970 feet West of Station
Georgetown 4,771 feet East of Station
4,080 feet West of Station
Guelph 3,047 East of Station
3,840 feet West of Guelph Jct. Station.
Kitchener 8,732 feet East of Station
7,855 feet West of Station.
Stratford 26,060 feet East of Station
Speed restrictions
Miles per hour
Passenger Trains 70
Freight trains 55
Engine with caboose or light engines 40
Mileage 35.60 to 29.31—Acton to Georgetown —Easwtard Passenger trains 45
—Eastward Freight trains 35
Permanent Slow Orders
Mileage Miles per hour
9.66 Bridge/td> 10
21.38 Brampton, Mill St., first West of Station. (B.T.C. 23399) 10
29.31 Georgetown, through east leg of wye 5
48.57 Guelph, through spring switch east end of double track 20
48.62 Guelph, switch leading to No. 1 track (westward trains) 10
48.80 to 49.82 Guelph, public crossings at grade between Guelph and Guelph Jct. 10
48.86 Guelph, through crossover west of Guelph Station 10
49.54 Through sswitch at Edinbrugh Road leading from westward main rack to long wye, also two switches leading from long wye to engine house and Louden track, respectively 10
49.82 Guelph Jct., eastward through spring switch, west end of double track. 20
62.26 Kitchener, St. Ledger St., second east of station 10
62.60 Kitchener, Ahrens St., first east of station 10
62.26 Kitchener, Weber St., first west of station 10
62.26 Kitchener, Edward St., second west of station 10
88.58 Through crossovers at east end of Stratford Station 10
Engine and Car Restrictions
Heaviest auxiliary crane permitted 250 tons.
Weston Engines must not operate on trestle of Weston Coal & Lumber Co.
Brampton Engines must no operate on trestles of Peoples Coal Co. and Brampton Fuels.
Mikado engines with vestibule cabs must not operate on cattle pen track and must not pass frog of switch leading to shed track.
Georgetown Santa Fe type engines must not operate on wye.
Engines must not operate on trestle of W. H. Kentner & Son.
Acton Engines operating on trestle of Beardmore tracks must not exceed ten (10) miles per hour.
Guelph Jct. Only standard six=wheel yard engines are permitted to operate on tracks serving the Canadian Gypsum Co.
Kitchener Sante Fe, Northern and Mountain type engines must not operate on wye.
Engines must not operate beyond frog of switch leading to Rumpel Felt Co. tracks.
Engines heavier than 1300 class and six-wheel standard yards not permitted to operate on curve on west leg of coaling track.
Other tracks
Car Capacity Points Face Mileage
A.V. Roe Canada Ltd. 88 E 14.27
Price Yards Ltd. 8 W 60.92
Northern Veneer and Lumber Co., Ltd. 12 E 60.94
Hydro-Electric Power Commission 24 E 66.24

Diagram showing location of train phone wires

Face direction named: Count cross arms from the top down.

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Look West
West Toronto to Guelph Jct.
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Look West
Guelph Jct. to Stratford Yard.

Train phone wires marked Image Not Available

Note—

Emergency telephone wire must be hooked up as close as possible to the pole, first scraping any corrosion off the pole line wire in order to establish contact with the train dispatcher.

Date Event
1851-08-30 T. & G.Ry. incorporatedStevens-1960, p. 83; Toronto Railway Heritage Yahoo!® Group, Message #2482
1851-08-30 City of Toronto votes 781 to 170 in favour of subscribing to £100,000 of T&GR stockThe North American (Toronto), Monday, November 21, 1851, p. 2.
1856-07-01 G.T.Ry. opens to GuelphStevens-1960, p. 279; Trout-1970, p. 35This date is at odds with Churcher, who states the line to Berlin (now Kitchener) opened for traffic on June 23, 1856Churcher..
1856-11-17 G.T.Ry. opens to StratfordBrown-1864, p. 22; Bladen-1932, p. 46; Trout-1970, p. 83.
1871-12-16 G.T.Ry. adds third rail between Parkdale and Weston to accomodate 3'6" T.G. & B.Ry.Wilson-1983, p. 35.
1873-10-03/04 G.T.Ry. changes gauge from Provincial to StandardBladen-1932, p. 46.
1875-11-01 T.G. & B.Ry. constructs its own line between Parkdale and WestonWilson-1983, p. 35 and presumably third rail is lifted shortly thereafter.
1923-01-31 G.T.Ry. becomes part of C.N.Rys.Bowers-1983, p. 162; Cooper-2001, p. 394
1954-10-18 In the aftermath of Hurricane Hazel C.N.Rys. operates shuttle service between Malton and Parkdale with stops at Weston and West TorontoThe Globe and Mail (Toronto), Monday, October 18, 1954, p. 1.
1964-10-26/1965-01-03 C.N.Rys. reorganizes the Brampton Subdivision as follows:
  • M0.0 to M17.0: Weston Subdivision;
  • M17.0 to M30.0 Part of Halton Subdivision (M11.1 to 24.1); and
  • M30.0 to M88.6: Guelph Subdivision.
CNR.GLR.TA.62/63.
1998-11-13 C.T.A. approves twenty-year lease by C.N.Rys. of Guelph Subdivision to G.Ex.Ry.CTA Decision No. 552-R-1998.
1998-11-15 G.Ex.Ry twenty-year lease of Guelph Subdivision begins.
2009-04-08

GO Transit acquires important CN rail line for expanded commuter rail service in the Greater Toronto Area

Toronto, April 8 /CNW Telbec/—GO Transit and CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) announced today that the Toronto area commuter rail agency will acquire CN's Weston Subdivision for expanded GO service between Union Station and regions northwest of the city.

This strategically important rail line runs from a point near Strachan Avenue and Wellington Street West in downtown Toronto, northwest through the city to CN's main east-west freight line near the intersection of Steeles Avenue and Bramalea Road. The purchase is valued at C$160 million.

GO currently runs its Georgetown commuter rail service over the line, which also accommodates VIA Rail trains running between Toronto, Kitchener, and other points in southwestern Ontario. In total, the two passenger carriers operate 46 trains per day over the line, while CN operates three daily local freight trains along this corridor.

Under its agreement with GO Transit, CN will continue to serve its freight customers on the Weston Subdivision. VIA will also continue to operate trains on the line.

By owning the Georgetown rail corridor, GO is better positioned to add more service, build new infrastructure, and expand its operations along that line. This acquisition aligns with GO Transit's Strategic Plan, GO 2020.

This is a major step forward for future growth and expansion along this already busy corridor, said GO Transit Chairman Peter Smith.This purchase sets the framework for future GO rail corridor purchases, and we look forward to continuing our strong, long-standing partnership with CN.

Claude Mongeau, CN executive vice-president and chief financial officer, said: CN is pleased to have reached this line-sale agreement with GO Transit. GO is a valuable CN customer—the vast majority of its services in the Greater Toronto Area operate over CN's rail network—and we believe this transaction and our continuing partnership with GO will help to advance commuter rail and its clear environmental benefits to the Toronto region. At the same time, our line sale—reflecting CN's tight focus on asset management —will also generate value for the company.

2018-11-16 Lease of Guelph Subdivision reverts to C.N.Rys.Railway Age, accessed 2019-07-05a