Black and white photograph showing the London and Port Stanley Railway tracks between Railway Street (now Princess Avenue) and Moore Street, St. Thomas, ca. 1919, looking north from just south of the Michigan Central Railway tracks. The Nobility Chocolates Limited factory (now the Sutherland Press Building) is visible at right on the southeast corner of Talbot and Moore Streets. A coal storage elevator is visible at left on the east side of Railway Street, belonging to the Griffin Coal and Ice Company Limited. This photograph was taken prior to 1920 when construction began for the new L & PS station at Talbot Street.
Down the Street to Yesterday Zone 12 (White to Princess).
Down the Street to Yesterday Zone 12 (Princess to Moore).
Down the Street to Yesterday Zone 31 (St. Catharine to John).
In May 2020, Ken Weare commented: "The camera was on the east side of the 2 l&ps tracks looking north. It shows the 2 main east, west lines going through town. Specialty Chocolates name is on the building on the right. It will later be Sutherland Press. There is a sliding where Cox cabs and the ambulances would be at a later date".
In May 2020, Robert Weare commented: "This is the area where the northbound LPS passenger train collided with the NYC yard engine that had oil cars in the lift. When the accident occurred there was an explosion with loss of life and a St Thomas firefighter was injured and then later died.When he was taken to his home he met a friend and said “well it was nice knowing you “.This was the second firefighter who died.The first was in a fire Christmas day fire across from the west end Tim Horton’s .No one knew he died till after his wife asked when he will return home-whops!At that location I had a huge fire (Warren Scott’s first-time as a pump operator).And you know SOMETHING WAS LOOKING OUT FOR US As Rocky fell off an unguarded second floor balcony.
Now the photo shows the Stirling Fuel siding on the left/west and it was I believe a coal outlet before Sterling switched it to oil delivery.(and a oil tank car leaked its load until Bob Charms' of the works department spotted the cause.After a few days of rain ,Mailings Clothing would smell oil in their basement.On the right was Southerland press where mom worked and the wye track was south of Talbot ,the switch just cleared the sidewalk and it went to the NYC depot also JUST clearing BX tower.
Also look at the tar paper building on the right as it WAS MY FIRST FIRE in the middle of the night.When they charged the 2 1/2” hose and I saw it snake ;was I impressed.Another item was the telegraph pole wood junction cabinet pole that housed railway telephone lines and telegraph.A separate fire report had to be issued for the burnt telegraph pole.
It was cold that night and what a wake up for me where for the first time I saw what firefighting was about.
Another item was possibility that was the old Millersburg village fire department as Rocky could not locate it.
And it was in the similar location as the Southwick St. fire hall I worked.
Millersburg was a village separate from St. Thomas as St Thomas was at Town Hall Towers/Jumbo.
And I believe I picked up parts of the exploded locomotive boiler!".
It also had a switch JUST south of the south sidewalk similar to he LPS wye on the other side to the NYC station.
Originally the LPS main track was the west main for southbound ;
and they added the east main ,northbound later.
See the light constructed over head wire on the east main ?
THE TWO SIDING ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF TALBOT WAS ALSO LINED FOR THE SIDING AS THEY WERE THE DERAILS IF A LPS TRAIN TRIED TO CROSS THE NYC DIAMOND WITHOUT PERMISSION.
As there was only two tracks (and the St Thomas streetcar diamond) that crossed Talbot.
Also there was a siding with a switch JUST north of the north sidewalk on the east side of the mains.
And another bit of info;the Cox cab was originally the ambulance shed as the LPS deeded the property to the city.
And that is why I (suspect) that the Millersburg fire station was there AND the first fire I attended as a rookie.
And the reason Barber (where we rented the truck I drove when you moved to London)shop was there as it also was not part of the LPS property at that time;
where my first fire was!
The land on the west side of the LPS between the tracks and Princess Ave was leased LPS property till a few years back.
And Princess Ave was originally called Railway St.
And there was a siding on Moore St to the west side of the Southerland press (you could see the patch job until they redid Moore St a few years back).
they got to it from the LPS wye that JUST cleared BX.
Three copies of a black and white photograph showing the exterior of the Granite Arena, located on the northeast corner of Metcalfe and Centre Streets, St. Thomas, ca. 1945. View is looking northeast along Metcalfe Street from Centre Street and includes a rear and side view of the hardware store operated by Arthur J. Gloin on the southeast corner of Talbot and Metcalfe Streets. The Supertest Service Station on the northwest corner of Talbot and Pearl Streets is visible in the background. Michigan Central Railway/New York Central Railway tracks running east-west just north of Centre Street are visible.
Down the Street to Yesterday Zone 8 (Metcalfe to Elgin).
Down the Street to Yesterday Zone 25 (St. George to Pearl).
Three copies of a black and white photograph showing the exterior of the Pinafore Park pump house, St. Thomas, ca. 1945. View is looking northwest from Pinafore Lake toward Elm Street. The pump house was constructed in the 1870s by the Canada Southern Railway to provide water to its yards/shops/station facility on Talbot Street and was later used by the CSR's successors the Michigan Central Railway and New York Central Railway.
Two copies of a black and white photograph showing Pinafore Lake, St. Thomas, ca. 1940. View is looking northwest, with the Pinafore Park pump house and Elm Street in the background. The pump house was constructed in the 1870s by the Canada Southern Railway to provide water to its yards/shops/station facility on Talbot Street and was later used by the CSR's successors the Michigan Central Railway and New York Central Railway. The floating raft/diving platform that was a popular feature at the lake is visible.
Three copies of a black and white photograph showing Pinafore Lake, St. Thomas, 1925. View is looking northwest, with the Pinafore Park boathouse and rental canoes in the foreground and Pinafore Park pump house and Elm Street in the background. The pump house was constructed in the 1870s by the Canada Southern Railway to provide water to its yards/shops/station facility on Talbot Street and was later used by the CSR's successors the Michigan Central Railway and New York Central Railway.
St. Thomas Times-Journal fonds - Profile Photographs, General Interest file
1 photograph: b&w
1 newspaper clipping
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Black and white profile photograph showing Charles H. Douglas of Miami, Florida. Published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal on July 21, 1960 (R8 S4 Sh3 B1 221)
Clipping describing Charles H. Douglas’s visit to St. Thomas. Douglas worked for 17 years on the Michigan Central Railroad in St. Thomas and moved to Florida in 1915, coming back to St. Thomas to visit occasionally. The article states that Douglas is currently visiting K. R. Munroe, 119 Myrtle Street. Published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal on July 21, 1960 (R8_S4_Sh3_B1_221.pdf)
1_2804 was published with article in St. Thomas Times-Journal on July 2, 1948, page ten.
4 negatives : plastic
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Photographs of Guy Thomas, freight conductor, on his last run on the Michigan Central Railroad (New York Central System).
Caption from St. Thomas Times-Journal: "Railroader's Farewell Signal."
"Thomas Guy waved his last signal and turned in his last report as a Michigan Central Railroad freight conductor on Tuesday morning, June 29 - and in the parlance of the service "he was a regular guy."
Over forty-one years Mr. Guy had to his credit, starting on November 7, 1906, as a brakeman. Previously to that he had been in the service of that road for a year or more, working on a steam shovel.
Now after more than four decades of faithful service, he quits with an enviable record. He has never been injured while in service and never had a man under his supervision injured. He was always a firm believer in making the practice of safety rules a daily "must."
Now that Mr. Guy has finished this fine record of railroading he intends to enjoy his hobby a little more, which is gardening. He has a fine garden in connectio with his home at 102 Myrtle street.
Mr. Guy became a regular brakeman after only about a year on the "spare list." He was in passenger service for about eight years, but he liked the freight service better. He always enjoyed the life in a caboose and the camaraderie of the freight crew. There were no freight conductors mroe popular with the engine crews than "Tommy" Guy. He was always co-operative, ready to do his part. He had worked on virtually every type of locomotive that has operated over the Canadian Division of the M.C.R. (New York Central System). For the last 22 years Mr. Guy held the rank of conductor, being promoted to that status in August, 1926.
Going back over his service record, one finds that he was head brakeman with Mike Ryan as conductor, on the first eastbound train to operate over the west end of the division as a double-track system.
In his retirement, Mr. Guy spoke of the fine associations he had enjoyed, the many grand friendships he had made and his appreciation of the goodwill and counsel extended to him by the supervisory forces of the division.
His advice to young men entering the railroading service is simple: "Think and act for safety, do your job as well as you can, and you'll make a success of it."
Before he settles down to a full program of gardening and floral culture, Mr. Guy expects to make a few trips that he has been promising himself for a number of years."
1_3599 was published with article in St. Thomas Times-Journal on October 27, 1948, page one.
2 negatives : plastic
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Photographs of a banquet held for retirees of the Michigan Central Railroad - New York Central Railroad machine shops.
Caption from St. Thomas Times-Journal: "Veteran Shopmen Honored at Presentation Dinner."
1_3599: "Veterans of M.C.R.-N.Y.C. shop service in St. Thomas were honored on their retirement, Tuesday evening, by Local Shops Federation No. 20, New York Central System, at a presentation dinner in the Canadian Legion Hall. Left to right in the above picture are: Leslie Freeman, retired machinist; Albert C. Oldreive, retired roundhouse foreman; John G. Morris, retired machinist; Thomas A. Rodgers, past general chairman of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America, Albany, N.Y., who was the guest-speaker; William J. Walters, retired electric welder; Edward Herbert, retired machinist's helper; and Alderman Thomas H. Currah, general chairman and toastmaster at the function. (See page 8)."
2_151 was published in St. Thomas Times-Journal on January 17, 1949, page one.
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Photographs of Mr. William Parker, Frank H. McElroy, Thomas W. Coltrell, M.R. Benson, F.K Mitchell, and Edwin O'Keefe at the banquet honoring Mr. Parker.
Caption from St. Thomas Times-Journal on January 17, 1949, page one: "Railroad and Others Honor William Parker."
2_151: "High New York Central officials joined with co-workers and friends Saturday evening in honoring William Parker, assistant master machanic of the Michigan Central Railway's Canada division, who has just retired after fifty years service with the company. The function was held in the Holy Angles' Church auditorium. In the above picutre, left to right, are: Frank H. McElroy, general manager of the M.C.R., Detroit, a lifelong friend of Mr. Parker; Thomas W. Coltrell, master mechanic of the Canada divsio, who was chairman of the comittee in charge of the arrangments; M.R. Benson, superintendent of motive power, M.C.R., Detroit, master of ceremonies for the banquet; Mr. Parker; F.K Mitchell, superintendent of N.Y.C motive power New York; and Edwin O'Keefe, division superintendent, St. Thomas. (See report on page 3)"
1 photograph : b&w ; 26.5 x 33.5 cm on mat 38.5 x 47 cm
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Black and white photograph showing a Michigan Central Railway steam locomotive and Pere Marquette Railway caboose on the St. Thomas Street Railway tracks on Talbot Street at Stanley Street on the occasion of the Labour Day Parade in St. Thomas, 1907. Several men dressed in the regalia of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers are seen posing with the train as are several dignitaries in civilian dress. St. Thomas Street Railway car 80 is visible at right. Buildings on the north side of Talbot Street opposite Stanley Street, including the Shadrach Billing Flour and Feed mill, 173 Talbot Street. Overhead electric wires for the operation of the Street Railway are visible, as is an arc-style street light. View is looking northwest.
Accompanying digitized St. Thomas Times-Journal article published ca. 1961 describes this photograph and identifies some of those shown (P302.pdf)
St. Thomas Times-Journal fonds - Vincent A. Barrie Park, St. Thomas file
2 photographs : b&w ; 15 x 23 cm or smaller
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2 black and white photographs used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published June 30, 1962 with captions:
"Spohn's Flats Sold - This scenic 40-50 acre tract of land has been acquired by Mayor Vincent A. Barrie. Mayor Barrie is offering the property to any enterprising civic organization who wish to develop it and utilize if for the benefit of residents of the surrounding district. Mr. Barrie said it is also available to the city for parks use if they so desire. The view above is from Stanley Street, opposite Gladstone Avenue facing west." (1a)
There are two copies of this photograph. Republished July 22, 1969 with caption: "Potential St. Thomas Park - Former St. Thomas mayor Vincent A. Barrie has offered to donate his 42-acre section of Spohn's Flats to the City of St. Thomas, to be used for a park and recreation area. Council approved the plan to principle at last night's meeting. the above picture shows the area in question." (1b).
Part of the property shown was donated to the City of St. Thomas and developed as Vincent A. Barrie Park.
The Michigan Central Railway Bridge is visible in the background.