Monday, November 4, 2013

South Simcoe Railway

Steam heritage railway, Tottenham

Every weekend between Victoria Day and the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving, tourists and train enthusiasts can take a ride on Canada's oldest operating steam locomotive -- a 6.4 kilometre (4 mile) scenic ride from Tottenham to Beeton. Engine #136 above helped develop Canada's transcontinental railroad in the 1880s. It runs on coal. Barely seen behind the locomotive in this photo, the 1920-era coaches used for the excursions. (Sadly, when I was there taking photos there was very little space between the trains on the tracks to get a decent photo of the coaches.)

Wooden boxcars on side rails - not part of the excursions

So, instead I took photos of the old boxcars that remain stationary on separate tracks.

Sunny side of wooden caboose

 This year on weekends from December 7th and 22nd you can travel the Santa Claus Express.

  Shady side of caboose once part of the Dominion Atlantic Railway

 Logo on caboose

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41 comments:

see you there! said...

Great shots. Would to travel the Santa Express.

Darla

RedPat said...

There is something fascinating about trains. It is so nice to see these old wooden cars, EG!

Small City Scenes said...

Don't you just love old Choo choo-s. I do. In Snoqualmie Wa. there is a train museum and train graveyard and you can ride on a train similar to yours. Been there many time but never rode the train. I don't know why. MB

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love those old trains!! And I took lots of trips on them when I was a young girl!! What great memories, EG!! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a lovely week!

TexWisGirl said...

neat old cars and engine!

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

Ooohhh, I love these old trains! I'd love to ride on that old locomotive.

Sandra said...

we have a Santa Express here, the whole month of Dec and i wish they would do an adult only since i would like to ride it but not with a crowd so kids. nice old caboose

NatureFootstep said...

love it. But it reminds me that I missed a similar event where I live. To bad. :(

HansHB said...

Great post, I do love railways!

Carol L McKenna said...

Wonderful photography of 'vintage trains' ~ love them, carol, xxx

Jim said...

Very cool.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Sign me up, I love old trains, new trains, all of 'em. Outstanding that they are still running it.

Photo Cache said...

i really like the first image.

Buttons said...

How have I never heard of this I truly have to get out more:) Wonderful shots I love the old wooden boxcars. This would be fun. B

Elaine said...

Wonderful photos ! It has been years since we have been there ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good week !

Carver said...

I love trains. These are great shots.

Jenny said...

Nothing like the sound of a steam train. My mother (89)feels no nostalgia for the old trains though, saying they were very dirty and smelly. She's all for modern rail.

Nancy said...

I love steam locomotives. Your photos captured this one very well; really like the smoke billowing out. There's a steam locomotive that runs out of Durango, Colorado. Really neat to see it operate.

William Kendall said...

Good shots!

My parents have taken that train once or twice. I've never been on it.

Up here there's a steam train that'll be back in service next year after some track damage washed out this year. Goes up the Gatineau River valley...

Lisa Gordon said...

What beauties these are.
I just LOVE trains!

Andy said...

Steam was around when I was kid. My mother used to take me by train from Toronto to Port Elgin for summer vacation.

Lisa RedWillow said...

They sure hold alot of history. Beautiful.

Jack said...

It is amazing that these are still out there. Love that locomotive!

Stephanie said...

I love trains and enjoyed viewing your images immensely.

Nancy said...

That would be so cool to be able to ride on that train...You really got some great shots....

ladyfi said...

What a lovely bit of history.

Indrani said...

Great shots! I can only dream of traveling in it.

Pat Tillett said...

I think these photos are just fine! In fact, they are great...
Living history!

Our photos said...

You have make beautiful photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

Cloudia said...

I would so love to ride!


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Malyss said...

Traveling on those trains must be like steping back in time! What a thrill!

Fun60 said...

There is nothing to compare to the sound of a steam train. I would love to travel in one today.

edenhills said...

This would be a wonderful ride this time of year!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

There's something a little bit magic about steam trains..and I'm not sure why but I love that word..caboose :))

Cynthia said...

How fun it would be to go for a ride behind that locomotive with the smokestack!

Rose said...

I have enjoyed your photos here...

When I was a kid, there was a steam train that ran once a summer from Knoxville, TN, up to Cumberland Gap...it was always so exciting to see it pass.

Taken For Granted said...

Steam trains remind us of an era of romantic travel to new and exciting places. Thanks for your fine photos bring back those days.

Craver Vii said...

I really, really like that first image of the oncoming train! It's a beauty!

Powell River Books said...

I love a caboose. Too bad they have been phased out. I've seen some converted into cafes and even homes. That would be cool. - Margy

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

I love that people will restore and take care of these old monuments. Great pictures.

kelley jensen said...

fun tradition and great pictures.

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