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Encounters at Montreal

January 09, 2020


In reviewing various steam-era images I’ve acquired over the years, I came across a number from Montreal taken over the period 1956 to 1958.



These pictures celebrate the era when steam locomotives—on both the CNR and CPR—were still well-maintained.



Paint schemes on the invading first-generation diesels were pristine.



Anyhow, I selected half a dozen of the views, more or less at random, to share with you on this winter day. They were all taken by the late Jim Guerin, a longtime contributor to my series of books.



What do you think? These are somewhat removed from my usual Ontario haunts, but there may be something here for a future project, possibly an all-colour softcover of vignettes...




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