Railway Photographs taken in Brockville – Part 1


The Grand Trunk Railway came to Brockville in 1855 when the main line from Montreal to Toronto was completed and opened as far as Brockville.

Brockville was made a divisional point on the GTR, which established this town as a major transportation site.


about 1950


An aerial view of the main railway facilities in Brockville. Notable in this photograph are the remains of the large Cossitt Bros. Agricultural Implement Factory on Brock St., and the 90-foot turntable north of the factory buildings. The concrete overpass on William Street remains to be built at this point.



This view of the rail yards in Brockville is looking east from about William St. toward the engines flanking the turntable.



A closer view of the 90-foot turntable that was visible in the distance in the photograph above.

Note the eleven numbered engines awaiting their next assignments in the Brockville yards.


About 1910


The new Union Railway Station and Depot was built here in 1872 to serve both of the rail lines which were crossing at Brockville. The new station was placed just east of Perth St. on the north side of the Grand Trunk tracks. It is still being used by VIARail for passenger service in Brockville.

 After 1872, the passenger trains of the Brockville & Ottawa Railway which ran north and south between Brockville and Sand Point, near Arnprior, on the Ottawa River used this station in Brockville. Previously the Grand Trunk depot was located on the south side of the tracks, at the head of Buell St. The B&O Railway depot was located in town south of Water St. near to the approach to Blockhouse Island.




This shows five employees trying to look busy in the yard office of the Grand Trunk Railway in the 1890s.


30 August 1952


CN  2-6-0 #86 engine, standing at the Brockville Station, ready to take its last regular run of the Westport Mixed train

on the Brockville to Westport line of the former Brockville & Westport Railway.


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  • Philip Jago  On 16 October 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Doug, you may not remember me.
    Anyway, I recently came across your material on Brockville and I find it quite interesting.
    With respect to your railway photos and thanks for helping Doug Smith =with the Ottawa Railway History Circle this past summer, I have noticed one anomalie.

    You show CN 2-6-0 No. 86 in front of Brockville Station and the cut line implies that it has just pulled in and is one of the last steam engines around Brockville.

    In reality, the photo is of the last regular departure of the Westport Mixed on August 30, 1952 and was taken either by the Canadian National Railways or the Recorder and Times.

    The train did the out and back to Westport that day to close out the line but a movement returned several days
    later as an “Extra” to pick up empty cars from the loads that it had previously delivered and that was it, save for the movements involved in the line’s dismantling.

    The Brockville Museum has a number of photos of the last day at Brockville. Details on some of the individuals in these were supplied to me by James Clark who is the son of the former Master Mechanic subsequently CN diesel forman at Brockville during the ’50s and 1960s.

    James Clark now lives in the Sarnia area.

    Anyway, he worked for CN in Brockville Yard during the 1960s as an hostler and then went on to become a stationary engineer at Phillips Cables and a number of other plants around southern Ontario. His email address is: jaswmclark@amtelecom.net

    Again, I enjoy your pieces on various bits of Brockville lore. I wish that I would have had time to get to Brockville for the tour around town in the summer but my work schedule is quite hectic as well as other interests.

    Some day??

    Yours truly

    Philip B. Jago, Gloucester, Ontario

    • Doug Grant  On 17 October 2009 at 11:47 am

      Hi there, Philip.

      Thanks for leaving your comments.
      I certainly do remember you. I have inquired of your dad a couple of times about you. We are both members of the Probus Club of Brockville.
      When you were still living here you and I used to share information.
      Thanks for clarifying the exact circumstances of that CN engine #86 which is pictured on my Old Brockville Photographs Web Site. If you check, I have re-worded the caption under the photograph. Thanks for that.
      I enjoyed meeting some of the members of the Ottawa Railway History Circle the day they were here last month. I guess you are part of their activities sometimes.
      In particular, I learned a lot of new things, and acquired great photographs subsequent from Colin Churcher and Don McQueen.
      Railways has not been my main concern over the years, but It is an area of local history that I am very interested in.
      You mention about Jim Clark. I have wondered what happened to him, not hearing anything from him for years. In the 1980s, when we were working to open up the Railway Tunnel for the public, Jim was part of our discussions.
      My present project is building up my personal web site, The Doug Grant Building.
      Best wishes.
      (Also replying by regular e-mail.)

  • Tony Humphrey  On 4 March 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Doug; would you possibly have any images of Jasper. ?

  • G. Mould  On 23 September 2010 at 10:43 am

    Re: Waterniche home of Dr. S. S. Southworth, I believe I should have put residence – instead of resident.


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