ARTICLES WRITTEN BY COLIN CHURCHER

This is getting to be a long list.  You can either scroll down on the full list below, which is set out in chronological order, or you may browse through the following themes:

Canadian Railway History
Items in the Ottawa Central Railway "Spareboard"
Experiences on British Railways
Experiences on Canadian Railways
Railways around the World
Fiction
Railway Modelling
Non Railway Articles

 Experiences of a Temporary Fireman  -  The Railway Magazine, December 1961.
 The L.T. & S. 2-6-4 tanks  - Railway World, May 1962.
  The Train Brain Drain by Alan Road - The Guardian, 6 July 1968.
 You Didn't See a Thing Did You  - Branchline, January 1971.
 How Tom Price met his match  - Branchline, January 1972.
 Preparing a meal railroad style  - Branchline, April 1972.
 Do it Yourself Bus Service  - Transport Canada, December 1972.
 Comments on the operation of 1057  - Branchline, September 1973.
 1057 and all that  - Branchline, October 1973.
 The Next Train on Platform Four may Blow Up  - Branchline, January 1974.
 Put Her Back on the Way She Came Off  - Branchline, March 1974.
 Six Railwaymen in Search of the Russian Winter  - Transport Canada, March-April 1974.
 Russian Railways Studied by Carol Goar - Ottawa Citizen, May 1974
 Shovel on a Little More Coal - Canadian Rail, June 1974.
 All in a Night's Work  - Branchline, December 1974.
 1057 on the Mile Hill  - Branchline, April 1975.
 Signalbox Trainee - Branchline, September 1975.
 How to Bend the Rules  - Branchline, December 1975.
 Notes from Northern Ontario  - Branchline, April 1977.
 
One Trip with 1201  - Branchline, May 1977.
 British Steam Notes  - Branchline, September 1977.
 Extract from Crew Supervisor's Report  - Branchline, June 1978.
 BRS Invades the Chateau Montebello  - Branchline, June 1979.
 The Ballad of Wristpin Bill  - Branchline, December 1979.
 There Must be a Better Way  - Branchline, May 1980.
 From the Pit  - Branchline, August 1980.
 
The Paper War  - Branchline, August 1980.
 You Can't Do This on a Diesel  - Branchline, April, 1981.
 A Ride on the LRC  - Branchline, May 1981.
 Railway Wars - Part I, The Whistle War  -  Branchline, June/July 1981.
 Railway Wars - Part II, The Great Chrysanthemum Crisis  - Branchline, September 1981.
 1201 Goes to Angus - unpublished, June 1981.
 The Great Canadian Railway Trek  - Part 1  - Branchline, October 1981.
  Ab Sabourin's Last Trip  - Branchline, November 1981. 
 The Great Canadian Railway Trek  - Part 2  - Branchline, December 1981.
  Clun Castle on the 1615 Paddington - Unpublished
 So we called it "Churchill" instead. (St. Kitts Railway)  - Branchline, January 1982.
 The Great Canadian Railway Trek  - Part 3  - Branchline, February, 1982.
 The Great Canadian Railway Trek  - Part 4  - Branchline, April 1982.
 The Manual Block System (MBS) - Branchline, April 1982.
 Railway Wars - III.  The Wantage Tramway  - Branchline, June/July 1982.
  Thurso Doings - Branchline, December 1982.
  Railway Wars - IV.  The Kettle Caper and the Newspaper War.
 The Evening Rush at Toronto  - Branchline, June 1983.
 Update on the St. Kitts Railway  - Branchline, July/August 1983.
  Railfan Attacks Duck - Branchline, November 1983.
  Branchline Abandonments - Branchline, April 1984.
 16,000 tons on the Mountain Subdivision  - Branchline, July-August 1984.
 The Home Computer and the Railfan  - Branchline, October 1984
 God's Wonderful 3461  - Branchline, March 1985.
 
Cleaning GWR Locomotives  - Branchline, July/August 1985.
 More Great Westernry  - Branchline, July/August 1985.
 Sapucay  -  Branchline, September 1985.
  Other Related Duties - Branchline October 1985.
 Ab. Sabourin's Last Trip  -  Trains, November 1985.
 Snowplow Extra - Thurso Style  - Branchline, April 1986.
 1000th GM Unit to CP Rail  -  Branchline, July/August 1986.
 A Week on British Railways  - Branchline, November 1986.
 Don't Pet the Rattlesnakes  - Branchline, January 1987.
 Time for a Railway History Data Base  - March 1987.
  Computer Aided MBS - Branchline, March 1987.
 CP Rail Abandons Rogers Pass Tunnel Project  - Branchline, April 1987.
 That's Nice. Choo. Choo!  - Branchline, May 1987.
 The Arnprior Dinkey  -  Branchline, June 1987.
  VIA's Money Back Guarantee - Branchline, July/August 1987.
  Hudson Bay Trials - Branchline, January 1988.
 The Salmon River & Northern Railway  -  Branchline, May 1988.
 "Click!"  - Branchline, September 1988.
 In Search of Hydro Locomotives  - Branchline, September 1988.
  Welsh Quarry Locomotives - Branchline, May 1988.
 On the Runners  - Branchline, November 1988.
  The Disappearing Bridge - Branchline, January 1989.
 On the Stoppers  - Branchline, May 1989.
 Brave Act - Full Career  - Transport Canada, July - August 1990.
 Boarding and Leaving the Train  - Branchline, November 1990.
 Barnhard Log Loaders  -  Branchline, December 1990.
  Great Northern, Great Eastern, Great Scott! - Branchline, December 1990
  Behind the Listings - The Plymouth Cordage Compressed Air Locomotive (with Brian Westhouse) - Branchline February 1991.
 The Thurso and Nation Valley Railway - A Requiem - Branchline, June 1991.
 Locomotive Fireman - Shoeburyness - Steam Days, June 1992.
 Clandestine Journey  - Steam Days, August 1992.
 Reading Fireman  - Steam Days, September 1992.
  Thurso Railway Remains - Branchline, September 1992.
 A Castle on the Worcester Road  - Steam Days, May 1993.
  Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway - An Addendum - Branchline, October 1993.
  Clun Castle - Branchline, October 1994.
 Comments on the use of Thurso and Nation Valley Railway Car 27.  - Branchline, February, 1995.
  Diesel Dawn - A Personal Experience of the Transition from Steam to Diesel  - British Railways Illustrated, April 1995.
  A Ride to Toronto - Branchline, November 1995.
  The Pacific Starlight Dinner Train - Branchline, July-August, 1997.
 Toronto to Ottawa in the Ice Storm  - Branchline, February 1998.
 Rehabilitation of the Panama Railroad  - Branchline, December 1999.
 The Alfred Peat Bog Railway  - Branchline, May 2000.
 Standoff at Hurdman  - Branchline, July-August 2000.
 The Centenary of the Interprovincial Bridge  - Branchline, February 2001.
 The Russell Shale Brick Railway  - Branchline, June 2001.
 Sir John A. MacDonald's Funeral Train  - Branchline, November 2001.
 Wanderings of a Railfan Aviator  - Branchline, March 2002.
 Head on at Deschenes  - Branchline, April 2002.
 First Class on the Locomotive  - May 2003.
 Break of Gauge at Prescott Junction  - Branchline, June 2003.
 
The New York Central in the Ottawa Valley - the Ottawa and New York Railway - paper for the NMRA Maple Leaf 2003 Convention, July 13-20, 2003.
 Travels in Bolivia  - The Interchange, Summer 2003.
 McLachlin's Dinkey at Arnprior  - Branchline, October 2003.
 The Canada Atlantic Railway Elgin Street (Ottawa) Station (with David Jeanes)  - Branchline, February 2004.
 Stone Haul on the Ottawa and Prescott  - Branchline, February 2004.
  The Mattingly Collection in the Canada Science and Technology Museum (with Bob Moore)  - Branchline, April 2004.
  The Canada Atlantic Railway Elgin Street (Ottawa) Station - A Postscript (with David Jeanes)  - Branchline May 2004.
 The First Railway to Aylmer  - Branchline, September 2004.
 The Rideau Canal Accident  - Branchline, November 2004.
 The Sussex Street Station, Ottawa  - Branchline, December 2004.
 The First Railway in Ottawa  - Branchline, February 2005.
 The Change of Gauge on the Canada Central Railway  - Branchline, April 2005.
  Locomotive Engineer William McFall - A True Hero  - Branchline, May 2005.
  Blocking a Crossing  - The Interchange, May 2005.
 Turn that Locomotive - The Interchange, June 2005.
 The Demise of the VIA FPA-4s. - Branchline, October 2005.
 Blocking Trains - The Interchange, December 2005.
  125th Anniversary of the Prince of Wales Bridge - Branchline, January 2006.
  
Ottawa Valley Mail Crane Problems - Branchine, January 2006.
  Russell's Railroad - Branchline, January 2006.
 Rebuilding of the Prince of Wales Bridge in 1926-27 - Branchline, February 2006
 Close Encounter with a King - Branchline, March 2006.
  Shantymen Snipets - Branchline, April 2006.
  Slow Train - Branchline, May 2006.
 Benched Steam Locomotives - Branchline, June 2006.
 
CPR train No.532.  Ottawa to Maniwaki Division. - Branchline, June 2006
  Eulogy for Ken Healy - Interchange, September 2006
 The Union Forwarding Company Railway - The First Railway in the Ottawa Valley.  The Horse Railway that ran a Royal Train. - Branchline, July-August 2006.
Ab Sabourin's Last Run - Branchline November 2006 (reprinted from November 1981 Branchline)
The Interlocking at Bedell - Branchline, January 2007.
Another Local Hero (Merland J. Bennett) - Branchline, February 2007.
The Sample Car - The Interchange, April 2007.
Fuelled by Wood - Branchline, May 2007.
Station Gardens - Branchline, May 2007.
The Ultimate in Grafitti - The Interchange, May 2007.
Rideau Junction - Branchline, September 2007.
Three Bridges: Moveable, Immovable and Removable! - The Interchange, September 2007.
How did locomotive crews cope in the Severn Tunnel? - Steam World, September 2007.
Oh! Mr. Wheel Tapper - The Interchange, November 2007.
The Pontiac and Renfrew Railway - the Railway to the Bristol Mines - Branchline, December 2007.
All Change at Prescott Junction - Ottawa Central Railway, Spareboard, December 2007.
A Grand Trunk Artifact Found in Ottawa (with the Ottawa Railway History Circle) -  Branchline, January 2008.
An Update on the St. Kitts Railway - Branchline, February 2008.
The Bridge over the South Nation River at Casselman - Ottawa Central Railway, Spareboard, January 2008.
Local Hero - Alfred Parkes - Branchline, February 2008.
The Rear-End Collision on the Bridge at Casselman - Ottawa Central Railway, Spareboard, February 2008.
The Bridge over the Ottawa River at Fitzroy - Ottawa Central Railway, Spareboard, March 2008.
To Err is Human - Cornfield Meet at Woodlawn - Ottawa Central Railway, Spareboard, April 2008.
The Three Rs - Part One - Ottawa Central Railway, Spareboard, May 2008.
The Three Rs - Part Two - Ottawa Central Railway, Spareboard, June 2008.
  It's later than You Think.  How do you preserve your collection for posterity? - Branchline, June 2008.
The Canadian Northern Railway Rideau River bridge, Ottawa - Branchline, July-August 2008.
The Nepean Junction Mystery - Ottawa Central Railway, Spareboard, July 2008.
Out of Gas - Ottawa Central Railway, Spareboard, August 2008.
Ottawa West - Ottawa Central Railway, Spareboard, September 2008.
The Canadian  Northern Railway Bridge over the South Nation River, or How Not to Build a Bridge - Branchline, December 2008.
Peat Bog Locomotives - Branchline, December 2008.
Trials and Tribulation of  Railway Inspections - The Interchange, December 2008.
Harry McLean's Dominion Construction and Grenville Crushed Rock Operations at Deeks -  Branchline, January 2009.
The Strangest Train Order - The Interchange, February 2009.
Butting Out - The Interchange, March 2009.
Bridge over Green's Creek - Branchline, March 2009.
Local Hero - Arthur Guertin - Branchline, March 2009.
 Ottawa Valley HOTRAK - Interchange, April, 2009.
 Take a Broom to Work - Interchange, May 2009.
 Railroaders - Interchange, June 2009.
Signalbox and Interlocking Etiquette - Interchange, October 2009.
Sussex Street Station, Ottawa - A Follow Up. - Branchline, November 2009.
Gauge Problems - Interchange, November 2009.
High Speed Trains in England - Interchange, December 2009
Locomotives named "Ottawa" - Branchline, March 2010.
Vegetation Comes to the Fern Valley Railway - Interchange, March 2010
Broad Gauge Relics in the Azores - Branchline, May 2010
A Boy's Experience on the Old Bytown and Prescott in the 1860s - Branchline, May 2010
Go Ahead and Back Up - Interchange, May 2010.
 Railway Stories from the Ottawa Citizen - Branchline, June 2010
Railway Tea Tales - Cold Tea: The Strike - The Interchange June 2010
Fake Figure and Red Paint Gave Watchman a Bad Scare - Branchline, July - August, 2010
 The Engineer Also Acted as Fireman - Branchline, September 2010
The Bear Said "Ba-Ba" Yet Phil Roy Ran - Branchline, October 2010
How to combat Trespassers - The Interchange, November 2010
Close Call on the Hull Electric - Branchline, November 2010
The Very First Railway in Ottawa - Branchline, November 2010
Railway Tea Tales - Taking Tea in Argentina - The Interchange, January 2011
First Train over the Bonnechere Bridge at Renfrew - Branchline, January 2011
The Nosbonsing and Nipissing Railway - Branchline, May 2014
Bell Locomotives in Canada - Branchline, June 2014
Mclaurin's Mill, Templeton, QC - Branchline, July-August 2014.
Exploding Whistles - Interchange September 2014
 The Statfold Barn Railway - Branchline December 2014
Dirty Tricks - Interchange March 2015
The Sons of Martha Cairns - the Tenth Cairn - Branchline also Interchange April 2015
Now it Can be Revealed - 1057 derailed at Bells Junction - Branchline June 2015
Now It Can Be Revealed - 1057 Runs Over a Derail at Wakefield - Branchline July/August 2015
What's in a Name?  Northern Alberta Railways GMD-1s. - OVAR The Interchange June 2015
Assistant Station Manager - Reading - Unpublished
 Pigeon Traffic - Interchange September 2015
How I Became Hooked - Interchange December 2015
The Cental Railway of Canada - Branchline November/December 2015
 The Price of a Ride- Interchange, May 2016
 The Winnipegosis Mixed - Branchline March/April 2016

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