While a bit tricky to navigate and maybe that’s just me, the Island Narratives website can be a real gold mine for PEI history. A while ago I remembered seeing photos of coal hoppers placed in Kensington just in behind where the Frosty Treat restaurant is located now. I’m not sure what their policy is on re-posting images so I’ll post links below with a descriptions of the images quoted from their website and in some places my own witty narrative. I’ll apologize now for my parts.
This is the photo that started it all. Two coal hoppers and a tank car parked behind the gas station on Victoria Street. A date is printed on the photo too: June 63. Note the car collection in the photo. Great early VW and is that a little Renault Dauphine poking it’s adorable little nose in on the right? Guess my love of French cars is showing a little here eh?
This image faces MacKenzie’s Store and the railway crossing on Woodleigh Drive.
I’m not sure where the above shot is in Kensington, but it’s a great station shot with a boxcar ready to be loaded in the background. Recognize any of the boys in the picture (I don’t)?
Last train through Kensington, PE 22 December 1989.
Gerald McCarville photo of the van, from the set he took of the last train through Kensington – the tail of the train in the previous photo above.
Another of Mr.McCarville’s photos of the last train.
The following links show panels of a map commissioned by the Canadian Government Railways of Kensington in 1920 drawn at 1″=100′-0″:
Margate Road, Merrill Street and Broadway Street road crossings and area within this zone. There’s a pile of businesses that backed up against the siding here. Were they all rail-served and if so they must have been really challenging to switch efficiently. This would be great for a model railway.
Broadway Street heading westward toward the station property
Shows the station area and the Schurmann property. There was quite a bit of trackage and industry to serve in this area, with the rail-served coal shed opposite the station, warehouses on and around the Schurmann property and three additional sidings in the area. Of course, that massive siding that began near the Margate Road crossing carries through this map too (the coal shed is located here).
From Mr.McCarville’s collection, this photo shows a CN 4-6-0 at the Kensington station and would have been taken around the time the maps above were drawn. It really compliments the maps nicely.
This photo is taken from the top of a boxcar parked near the railways station. I’m willing to bet this was taken around 1920. It’s a neat shot from a different perspective and it’s quite rich in detail including roof detail of the box car in front and the surrounding scene.
Neat photograph of a building located near Victoria Street. While I’m not sure, this one really looks like a PEIR section house and I’m willing to bet that it is. If so, it would be really worth politely asking if one could measure it and put some drawings together. These buildings were common on the PEIR and of a standard plan so lessons learned here will serve the modeller well.
Photo on the Schurmann property. The corner of a wooden CN flat car appears in this one too and alludes to the length of this siding and it’s location.