Steam Encounters in Ontario vol. 2

Third in a series of all-colour softcovers featuring Jim Guerin pictures in Ontario and Quebec. This volume showcases CNR and CPR steam and diesel in Ontario from 1956 to 1959.

Steam Encounters in Ontario vol. 2

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We are pleased to present the third volume in our Encounters series

Escape back to the 1950s railway scene in southwestern Ontario with our third all-colour title in the Encounters series. Sit back, relax, and turn the pages as we resume our adventures with photographer Jim Guerin.

We begin in the spring of 1956, and throughout the pages you will revisit favourite haunts—Bayview/Hamilton Junction, Dundas, Guelph, Kitchener, Galt, Stratford, London, Southampton and Lambton.

The photo reproduction is the same high quality you have come to expect with our Made in Canada product. Ian Wilson’s narrative, combined with graphic artist Rebeca’s photo finishing, is served up to you on the finest glossy archival paper stock by our friends at Ampersand Printing.

As with all our Encounters volumes, you will savour a collection of photographic vignettes, fleeting glimpses. These cover the southwestern Ontario scene between 1956 and 1959. Pick up the 48-page softcover book and lose yourself in the spreads anytime!

Steam Encounters in Ontario vol. 2 is a companion to the first two editions already on your shelf.

Here are some sample pictures that appear in the volume

CNR heavy Pacific 5287 on the outskirts of Kitchener, approaching the station with morning train number 28 in August 1956.


Later the same month, we’re at Bayview as Canadian National road switcher 1232 approaches the tower with a westbound empty fruit train. Later the same day, those wooden baggage cars, known as “blowers”, will be filled with Niagara’s ripening crop.


October 1956 finds us back at Bayview as CNR Northern approaches the junction with a westbound freight extra. This engine is recently out of Stratford’s Big Shop with special Class 6 repairs (front end).


Over on the Canadian Pacific side, we’re at Campbellville (mile 37) on the Galt Subdivision in July 1958. Diesel switcher 6545, an S-3, is heading a way freight.


Also in July 1958, CNR Northern 6217 is getting underway with a westbound freight at Jim Guerin’s hometown of Kitchener.


In the dying days of CPR steam in Ontario, engine 2409 (a G3g Pacific) takes coal at the London plant in July 1959. She’s ending her days on the flatlands of the Windsor Subdivision to the west.


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