I’ve always been curious about when rail service to Stratford came to an end. I figured I’d share my assumptions and I’m really looking forward to what others might know. I remember looking through some maps from the Provincial Archives showing the alignment of the railway through the town and I believe that part of that grade is still visible along parts of the Hopeton Road in Bunbury (Stratford) including a very short stretch just across the road from Wendell Taylor’s garage.
I wonder where the station would have been located? Based on a Wikipedia.org article on the Hillsborough Bridge:
“In 1950 CNR structural engineers felt the bridge was unsafe for any rail traffic and the rails were removed while the railway instituted taxi service for passengers travelling to Murray Harbour, allowing them to board passenger trains at its terminus near the bridge abutment in Southport.”
There’s a building just off MacDonald Drive and Clifton Road in Stratford that closely resembles a PEI Railway station and I always wondered if that was the original Southport station, moved from it’s original location to this new one. Maybe not moved though, it does paralell the Hopeton Road and wouldn’t have been that far from the railway’s location.
In case you’re not familiar with the area, this link should take you to a Googlemap of the area:
Allan Graham’s book includes pictures of cars being unloaded nearby in Mt.Herbert so I presume that service, at least that far, lasted a while longer than the 1950 date from the Wikipedia article. I’d be interested in knowing how much longer it lasted. Furthermore, I wonder would have that service been only mixed train service and predominantly passenger services to Southport or would have freight been sent to a team track in Southport? The new bridge across the Hillsborough wouldn’t open until 1962 so some sort of service must have been in place for that decade. Thoughts?
Just daydreaming mostly but I can imagine a 44 tonner shoving a mixed train backward down the line to Southport and waiting at the edge of the Hillsborough River and I’ll admit that I rather quite like that image.