Ian Wilson pages hardcover
On a family cottage trip in early August 1958, three weeks after his journey with Don Wood and Herb Harwood, John Rehor pursues mainline steam action on the Canadian National’s Belleville Division.As a foreshadowing to a later adventure, he acquaints himself with the Maynooth Subdivision mixed train. He doesn’t forget the Canadian Pacific’s Bobcaygeon way freight.
Exploring nooks and crannies of the Lindsay branchlines, Rehorhunts down Mikados doubleheading stone trains on the Coboconk Subdivision. At the end of August 1958, he returns to Ontario with Don Wood. The pair venture east from Toronto to the CPR’s division point at Smiths Falls, photographing active steam large and small.
Across the Ontario hinterland at Sharbot Lake, our photographers engage a CPR steam way freight on the Havelock Subdivision. A pair of Ten Wheelers make connections with Kingston Subdivision mixed trains. Over at Toronto, Rehor and Wood photograph CPR steam at Lambton roundhouse, a day after it hosted railway convention visitors.
In early October 1958, John Rehor revisits some favourite CNR haunts he’d previously explored with Don Wood and Herb Harwood.
Although CNR steam is all but dead, Rehor catches some mainline action on a return trip in May 1959. Steam is still alive and well, how-ever, on the CPR’s Galt Subdivision. Rehor bids farewell to CNR steam on a doubleheaded excursion from Belleville to Bancroft.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Rehor dose not give up on Canada yet. He returns in June 1959 to experience branchline operations on the CPR's Waltham Subdivision out of Ottawa. There, he encounters the light D4 class Ten Wheelers that endeared him to the CPR during boyhood visits to his family’s cottage at Bobcaygeon.
Deep in the realities of dieseldom, Rehor travels further east to Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Amid pastoral scenery, woodlots and rivers,he samples Canadian Pacific and Quebec Central operations. Mikados, light Pacifics and the CPR’s D10 class Ten Wheelers offer a portrait of branchline steam action never again to be seen in Eastern Canada.
Rehor coaxes Don Wood to Canada one last time at the end of April 1960. To cap off their adventures, the famous photographers return to Port McNicoll, which they’d visited with Herb Harwood in July 1958.There, they document the end of steam on the CPR’s last all-steam branchline. A day later, our photographers bid farewell to Canada when they photograph one of the most famous steam excursions of all time,the CPR's tripleheader to Orangeville on May 1, 1960.