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Travel back to the 1950s and witness steam and diesel action at Montreal through the lens of Jim Guerin

You’ve seen Guerin’s work through the pages of many of Ian Wilson’s books covering 1950s railway operations in Ontario—but this is the first time we’ll venture out of the province!

This all-colour book (the first-ever from Ian Wilson) presents a portfolio of Canadian National and Canadian Pacific locomotive photography

These pictures were taken during two visits to Montreal—in September 1956 and March 1958—on the occasion of steam locomotive fantrips.

Travel CPR branchlines and mainlines behind D4 Ten Wheeler 489. Enjoy a circle tour pulled by CNR Ten Wheelers 1165 and 1391. Witness a parade of CNR steam locomotives heading to and from trains near Turcot roundhouse. Catch glimpses of gleaming CNR diesel road switchers on manifest freights. Observe the venerable boxcab electric locomotives beneath overhead wires. Behold CPR passenger steam power working between the Glen roundhouse and Windsor Station. Poke about the servicing area to inspect CPR steam and diesel locomotives at The Glen and St. Luc.

As with all of Ian Wilson’s books, there will be track maps and time tables included to orient you with respect to the picture locations. And these images will flow in chronological detail, according to when the photographer exposed them.

Virtually everything Jim Guerin recorded during his 1950s visits to Montreal is long gone

The locomotives, trains, the tracks, the steam-era environment. But they live again in Steam Encounters at Montreal. The book will be your time machine, your portal to the railway world of the past.

Steam Encounters at Montreal is a 48-page softcover comprising more than 80 glistening colour photographs

This book was released in May 2020. Steam Encounters at Montreal is printed and bound in Ontario, Canada.

As you know from previous Ian Wilson’s titles, the 80 lb. Endurance Gloss Text pages showcases Guerin’s photography to its greatest advantage. And it will nestle on your shelves with all its companions, being of the same dimensions. Once again, James A. ("Jim") Brown handled the photographic reproduction.



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Check out our video series for Steam Encounters at Montreal

Our first video (above) documents the CRHA excursion of September 30, 1956 from Montreal on the Canadian Pacific. It also previews some of the other pictures Jim Guerin exposed which you'll see in Steam Encounters at Montreal.

The second video documents the Sunday, March 30, 1958 CRHA doubleheaded steam excursion around Montreal. It also previews some of the other pictures Jim Guerin exposed on that trip, which you'll see in Steam Encounters at Montreal.

Our third video describes the principal CNR tracks leading in and out of Montreal circa September 30, 1956. We also review the locations of CNR Montreal pictures (which you'll see in Steam Encounters of Montreal) presented earlier in the first two videos.

Our fourth video describes the principal CPR tracks leading in and out of Montreal circa September 30, 1956. We also review the locations of CPR Montreal pictures (which you'll see in Steam Encounters of Montreal) presented in earlier videos.

The fifth video is a preview of a full video which showcases 1950s film footage of the CNR and the Welland Ship Canal. The full video is available exclusively to those readers who pre-purchase Steam Encounters at Montreal.

And a special new project supported by pre-sales of Steam Encounters at Montreal
 

Big projects often have small beginnings. Here, we announce our intentions to spearhead a Canadian steam locomotive project: a new build of a member of the extinct CPR semi-streamlined G3 class of Pacific (engines 2351 to 2472, all scrapped).

Here’s what we’ve done, and what we’re going to do toward this project, as a beginning

We’ve purchased and registered the web domain www.CPRG3build.com

And, for every copy of Steam Encounters at Montreal (which will be replete with pictures of the magnificent Canadian Pacific “Twenty Four Hundreds”) pre-sold before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, February 2, 2020 we have put aside $1 for the CPR G3 new build project.


Future visions for Canadian Branchline

Over the next while, we’ll elaborate on our long-term visions for the CPR G3 rebuild, and our Canadian Branchline roundhouse. But in the meantime, know that your pre-purchase of one or more copies of Steam Encounters at Montreal will support this project to the tune of $1 per copy.

 

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