Tonight is pretty quiet around the house. We’re watching some really excellent nature documentaries and I’m scrolling through some more Department of Railways and Canals Reports on the archive.org website. I’m gradually working through these reports to extract PEIR details as part of a project to develop a timeline establishing how the railway evolved. Each year’s reports include sections for new rails laid and also a section detailing sidings added to the railway.
1907’s report mentions the Conway ballast pit spur for the first time:
At Conwat a siding of steel rails and fastenings, 6,080 feet in length, was laid into the ballast pit.
This not only establishes that the siding existed but it’s length and when it was built. The pit would have been busy. As I read each year’s reports it’s always interesting to note how much ballast was being laid annually. 1907 saw the railway ballast 2.5 miles of track, all of which would have been dug at pits like this one or from elsewhere on PEI. For the modeller this pit provides yet another source of car loadings. The size of the PEIR’s freight car fleet never really changed so cars used for ballast would have been taken from the revenue fleet.
Speaking of sidings, Conway’s wasn’t the only new trackage this year, a new siding was laid to the new engine shed in Summerside (162 feet).
Click here to read the report online at archive.org: