I wanted to catch a train between Windsor and Chatham, and these were the trains operating in the late afternoon/early evening:
- Train 73: Chatham 15:36, Windsor 16:26
- Train 78: Windsor 17:45, Chatham 18:30
- Train 79: Chatham 22:19, Windsor 23:10
I poked around a bit in Belle River and took some photos of the bridge at mile 90.2. You can see that it is a three-span bridge.
Clearly this used to be a two-track bridge at one point. The bridge on the left is a pedestrian bridge, wisely put there to keep people from walking on the train bridge.
I drove back out of Belle River, only to see a CP autorack train receding in the distance. 0 for 2!
I went back to Essex to take some shots of the station and grain elevator, and also to have supper. Just before I reached Essex, I crossed the old CN CASO subdivision. The Caso (Canada Southern) was built back in 1872-1873 and is one of the oldest lines in Southern Ontario. I don't know the full history but at times it was owned by the New York Central, Conrail, and then jointly by CN and CP. You can see from the photos below that CN ceased operation in the spring of 2011 and it has grown over fast.
Give it a few years and you won't be able to see the rails at all.
Moving on to Essex, here is the (presumably defunct) grain elevator in the centre of town. The train station is directly opposite it.
Here's the marvelous train station in Essex, in daylight this time.
A view from the other side of the tracks.
I have a couple more posts from southern Ontario, one featuring the little station in Leamington and the one VIA train I actually saw, and another featuring the old train station and steam engine in Windsor.
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