Thursday, 2 April 2020

Throwback Thursday - The C&O Canadian Division

The CSX shop tracks in Sarnia, Ontario were well populated on April 23, 1994
By Peter Mumby
For many years, C&O/Chessie/CSX operated a line through Southwestern Ontario linking Detroit and Buffalo.  The midpoint of this route was at St. Thomas, site of the Division's major yard and shops.  The western half was called the Blenheim Subdivision, and the eastern half (St. Thomas to Buffalo) used trackage rights on the NYC/PC/CR Canada Southern line.  At Blenheim, there was a junction between this east/west mainline and the Sarnia Subdivision, a route which ran between Lake Erie and the international border at Sarnia/Port Huron.  Sarnia, with its numerous petrochemical industries, was always a busy location both for C&O and CN, it's major interchange partner in the area.  Today, little remains of the Canadian Division.  The Detroit - Buffalo route is a thing of the past, with only the north west end of the Sarnia Subdivision still in use as an industrial switching line.

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