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Grand Trunk Railway in Brockville

Brockville, Ont. was a major division point on the Grand Trunk Railway.  The GTR had large servicing facilities at Brockville.  Railways were a major employer and had a large influence on the local economy. 

This photo has been taken facing east.  It shows the 90' turntable with a stable of 11 locomotives in view: #1295, #unknown, #682, #2859, #2862, #617, #654, #583, #699, #663, #792.  "Grand Trunk" lettering can be seen on the top of the tender of #702 and #663.  The view has been taken facing east.  Just in front of the locomotives is the CPR grade leading to the tunnel under the centre of Brockville to the waterfront.


This aerial photograph was taken May 17, 1927, shows the immensity of the GTR facilities at Brockville - although at this time, the GTR had been taken over by Canadian National Railways.  The photo has been taken facing south-east.  The CNR main line cuts diagonally through the middle of the photo with the servicing facilities on the top middle (south) and the CNR station on the left (north).  The GTR/CNR Manitoba yard starts just below the bottom right of the photo.  At the top (east) of the photo going diagonally from left to right are the approaches to the north end of the Brockville & Ottawa Railway (now CPR) tunnel which goes under the heart of the city to the Brockville waterfront. The left end of the CPR line goes to Smiths Falls. 
To the left (north) of the CNR station and curving down in a wide arc to the bottom of the photo is the start of the CPR loop line which follows Buell's Creek, crosses under the CNR main line and continues on to the Brockville waterfront.  Out of view below the bottom right of the photo (west) is the start of the Brockville, Westport & Sault Ste Marie Railway which interchanged with the CPR loop line.  Photo courtesy Natural Resources Canada Air Photo Library A 1090-34



This photo has been taken facing west and shows the extent of the CNR/GTR main line and its Manitoba Yard.  At the bottom out of sight, the CPR loop line has crossed under the CNR main line.  The CNR main line cuts through the middle of the Manitoba Yard.  At the top edge of the photo barely visible are the remains of the Brockville & Westport embankment which crossed the western end of the Manitoba Yard on a 30' high bridge.  This bridge was dismantled after 1921.
At the bottom of the photo is the coaling trestle used to refuel the steam locomotives.  On the left side of the coaling trestle is a steam locomotive taking on coal.  The white cloud in the middle of the photo is another steam locomotive doing shunting work.  We don't know the date of the photo.  Photo courtesy Brockville Museum, Brockville, Ont. 
Except for the CNR main line and the CPR line to Smiths Falls, very little remains of these railway facilities.  The Manitoba Yard still exists, but on a much smaller scale.