Canadian Pacific Water  Facilities in the Ottawa - Smiths Falls Area

These notes have been prepared by Andrew Jeanes with input from many members of the Ottawa Railway History Circle
Lachute subdivision
Ste. Therese, QC
(Photo circa 1900, Société d’histoire et de généalogie des Mille-Îles)

(Fire Insurance Plan, Nov 1955, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec)

(Ron S. Ritchie photo, 6 Nov 1960, Exporail Archives)
Lachute QCOttawa Free Press 12 December 1877
The tank at Buckingham was removed yesterday to Lachute and will be erected there.  Temporary arrangements are to be made at Buckingham. Note. This presumably refers to Masson because the branch to Buckingham was not opened until 1885.

CPR 4-6-0 1025 at Lachute 5/5/1955 Bruce Chaoman collection

Here’s a portion of a 1955 fire insurance plan showing where the tank was located, on the west side of the river, a relatively long way from the station on the east side of the river.
Montebello, QCOttawa Free Press 3 December 1877
A temporary water tank has already been placed in position at Montebello,
See also entry for Calumet.
Calumet, QCOttawa Free Press 27 November 1877
Being asked if there was any truth in the report published that passenger trains would not run this season on account of no provision having been made for a water supply, Mr. Coghlan said he did not think so, as there already was a water tank at Calumet, while others were being erected at Montebello and Du Lievre. 
Ottawa Free Press 3 December 1877
... there is a permanent one [tank[ at Calumet.

CPR G1s No. 2222 pulling a National Railway Historical Society excursion from Montreal to Ottawa, on the 2nd of September, Labour Day Weekend, 1951. This excursion was notable for being one of the last, if not the last, uses of wooden open end platform cars in CP  passenger service.
Here the train is stopped at the octagonal water tank in Calumet, QC.
The photo is from the Hugh Coffin Slide Collection at the Alberta Railway Museum.

CP 424 at Calumet, PQ, Oct. 4 1959, gets water from eight sided water tank here.
From: Ian and Dorothy Taylor via Bruce Chapman
Masson, Buckingham Junction QCSee references to Du Lievre (Buckingham) in Calumet and Lachute entries

From the 1890s

Branchline December 1989
Hull, QCOttawa Free Press 1 November 1877
Mr. W. Perry, Jr., of Buchanan & Co., Montreal, was in the city yesterday, arranging the completion of the water tanks on the M. & O. R.R.  The tanks are ten in number.  Mr. Perry was looking specially while here after the one to be erected at the Hull station.  He left for home last night.
Ottawa Citizen 23 November 1877
The stone foundation for the water tank is nearly finished
Ottawa Free Press,  27 November 1877
At Hull a water tank and a turntable are now being built
Ottawa Citizen 8 December 1877
The boiler and engine are being placed in the tank house on the depot grounds under the Superintendence of Messrs. Penney and Co
Ottawa Free Press 8 December 1877
Mr. Wm. Perry jr., agent for R.H. Buchanan & Co. Montreal, was in the city yesterday, being here in connection with the placing of water tanks on the Q.M.O. & O. R.R., for which his firm has the contract.  He says that they have been delayed by the difficulty in procuring lumber, not receiving the contract, originally given to another firm, until late in the season.  They now have a Worthington engine in position at Hull, and will procure a supply of water for the time being from a creek near by, a suction hose 512 feet in length having to be laid.
Ottawa Free Press 31 Deceber 1877
On Saturday Mr. William Perry jr., representing the firm of Buchanan & Co., of Montreal, succeeded in his attempts to get a proper supply of water at the Hull tank house on the Q.M.O. & O. railway line.  The water is first brought down through pipes from a creek, three hundred and fifty yards, to a large well, covered in, located beside the track.  A drain carries off the surplus water.  From the well, which holds 30,000 gallons, the water is pumped through 512 feet of pipe, the elevation being 14 feet.  Montreal engineers held the opinion that this could not be accomplished, but Mr. Perry has demonstrated that it could.  The engine used in the tank house is a Worthington Duplex, six steam and four water cylinders, with six inch stroke: it works beautifully.  The tank holds 20,000 gallons of water.

Updated 23 August 2020

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