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Steam Through Port Credit nearing completion

November 05, 2023

Your narrator’s late father Mac Wilson is standing at the Stavebank Road crossing in Port Credit, one major street west of the station. It’s mid-June 1957, and he’s running a test roll of 35mm color slide through film through a borrowed camera only a few days before his wedding and subsequent honeymoon trip across Canada:

Dad frames Canadian Pacific westbound eastbound passenger train number 792 (originating in Buffalo) behind a Montreal Locomotive Works cab unit. It’s a few minutes before five o’clock in the afternoon, looking westward.

That view above, of course, is part of the pool available for Steam Through Port Credit. This week, I am finishing the draft of the manuscript for that volume. The final chapter is on Port Credit itself, the fourth such in the book (these glimpses of Port Credit are interspersed among other encounters along the Oakville Subdivision).

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