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Speed Graphics and Steam 1958! vol. 3 video trailer

June 24, 2023

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Post-July 1958, photographers John Rehor and Don Wood are not giving up on steam in Canada just yet. What they capture on their last trips to Canada is presented in Speed Graphics and Steam 1958! vol. 3.

On a family cottage trip in early August 1958, just three weeks after his epic journey to Ontario with Don Wood and Herb Harwood (showcased in Speed Graphics and Steam 1958! vol. 1 and Speed Graphics and Steam 1958! vol. 2), John Rehor starts with known territory. He checks out the Canadian Pacific’s Bobcaygeon way freight. Then he samples remote nooks and crannies of the Canadian National's Lindsay branchlines, such as Mikados doubleheading stone trains on the Coboconk Subdivision.

Another three weeks after his cottage trip, John Rehor returns to Ontario with Don Wood, at the end of August. The photographers venture east of Toronto to the CPR’s Havelock Subdivision, which includes a lot of action at places such as Sharbot Lake.

The spring of 1959 (May) offers a CNR doubleheaded branchline steam excursion, much like the one we enjoyed in Steam Encounters at Montreal, which John Rehor captures on a solo junket.

A month later, in June 1959, John Rehor is back in Ontario. Steam is dead on the CNR in eastern Canada, so he moves even farther afield to experience old-fashioned branchline operations on the CPR's Waltham Subdivision out of Ottawa. Deep in the realities of dieseldom, it's now or never, Rehor figures. He ventures further into Quebec, as our host Jim Guerin did in Steam Encounters at Montreal, and samples branchline Canadian Pacific and Quebec Central steam operations in the Eastern Townships.

To cap off John Rehor's and Don Wood's adventures in Canada, the two famous photographers team up one last time to catch the end of branchline Canadian Pacific steam operations in Ontario. They also document one of the most famous steam excursions ever in Canada, the CPR's tripleheader to Orangeville on May 1, 1960.

I invite you to watch this video trailer, which gives you an overview of Speed Graphics and Steam 1958! vol. 3:

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