A Grand Trunk Railway Artifact Found in Ottawa
With the Ottawa Railway History Circle
Sometimes railroad artifacts show up in
the strangest of
places and occasionally right under our noses………..literally.
These photographs were taken by Ray Farand in October 2007 and show the Grand Trunk stenciling on the beams protruding from the building.
number of our members noticed work being
carried out on a duplex on
Ray Farand carried out some investigation on the web (The Canadian Encyclopedia) which suggested that these side frames were from a GTR construction flat car probably built in the late 1800s. Pictures on the web show that some cars were tapered near the end under the dimensional data just like in the balcony support. The bolt holes also appear to be positioned exactly where brackets are visible in the archival photo.
It turns out that another of our members, Andrew Jeanes, lived on the ground floor of that duplex from 1996-1998. Andrew indicated that there is even more lettering visible on the beams inside the basement of the building including “Grand Trunk 67492.
Ian Cranstone has provided some
information about these
cars. The Grand Trunk had a series of 34' long flat cars in the
series. The 67492 isn't listed in an early CNR document showing
dates of heritage cars, nor does it appear in the 1923 renumbering
former GTR and GTP cars. GT 67474 shows as being built in Feb.
(other cars in the series show dates from 1873 through 1891), and it
likely that 67492 was built at about the same time.
provided the following information from the City of
Avenue (between Albert Street and Primrose Avenue) is a homogeneous,
well-preserved streetscape, typical of the type of housing built in
the working class from 1900 – 1907. The
fire of Thursday, April 26, 1900 destroyed 400 acres of the west end of
Thus we have an interesting century-old railway relic from our past, right in the centre of town.Bytown Railway Society, Branchline, January 2008.