Sussex Street Station, Ottawa - A Follow Up

The history of the Sussex Street station was covered in Branchline, December 2004 and a further picture of the station is shown in the article on the opening of the Bytown and Prescott Railway in Branchline, February 2005.  However, a number additional items have come to light.

This plan, from the collection of Bruce Chapman, shows the track layout of the station area in the mid 1950’s, pretty much at the end of its existence.  To the west (left) can be seen the double track streetcar line on Sussex Street.  The line runs right down the middle of McTaggart Street and there are even switches in the street although this may be an unopened road allowance.

  <>This is a view of the 1860 station, possibly some time in the 1940’s.  This is taken showing the south west corner of the building.

< style="font-weight: bold;">This is a later view of the same building taken showing the north east corner.  Some changes have taken place, notably the removal of the easternmost chimney.  The 30 ton capacity crane, which travelled on rails, can be seen behind and to the right of the station.

This shows the yard and remains of the station building looking west with the Interprovincial Bridge in the background.  The street and crossing in the foreground is Dalhousie while Sussex Drive is in the background.  Taken by Dennis Peters from the roof of a boxcar.

 A close up view of the yard office taken by Dennis Peters looking south.  It is quite possible that the yard office shown here and in the previous photo are the remains of the 1860 station shown earlier, heavily cut down and modified to last a few more years by the Canadian Pacific Bridge and Building gang.

Bytown Railway Society, Branchline, November 2009.

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