Poles, Rails and Track Components

Location Details Notes
Ardendale, ON
Piles of ties from abandoned CP Glen Tay to Tweed line. In 1987 Guide.  Need to verify.
Gatineau, QC
Rail materials stacked in former CP Hull West Yard
GPS  45.428283, -75.731147
Photos by Malcolm Vant August 2015
Gatineau, Hull
GPS 45.440234, -75.735033
At the corner of Boulevard Montclair and Rue Berri protruding through the middle of the street at the intersection is a clear stretch of Hull Electric Railway track. J.R. Thomas Grumley July 2015
Hungerford, ON
1 miles east of village
Two CP whistle boards and three flanger signs on posts in fence In 1987 Guide.  Need to verify.
Lyndhurst, ON If you walk south from the station, the right of way goes into a shallow rock cut.  The ties were simply laid on the rock and weren't ballasted at all.  The last time I walked this (some time ago), the ties were still in place.  Bob Moore
Morehead, QC
GPS  45.667317, -76.538361
Stack of old railway ties, from the dismantled CPR, (PPJ) Waltham sub.
Photo by Malcolm Vant August 2016
Morehead, QC
Between Lawn and Morehead
GPS  45.687694, -76.550256
Stack of old telegraph poles from the dismantled CPR, (PPJ) Waltham sub.
Photo by Malcolm Vant, August 2016
Ottawa, ON, Breezehill Avenue North

Malcolm Vant explains (9/2021)
Remains of the siding which once served several industries along Breezehill Ave. north from a switch back off the CPR Prescott subdivision. Track is visible behind 55 and 73 Breezehill Ave. Industries once served by the siding were: General Supply at 175 Loretta (1946-1974?), the Oliver Furniture Factory (1899 -1935) at Oliver St and Loretta, the Standard Bread Company at Gladstone and Loretta (1924-1974) (now the Enriched Bread Artists Studio); W. Sparks and Sons Movers at 75 Breezehill (dates uncertain but at least 1956-1967); Charcoal Supply Co.at 73 Breezehill (pre-1923 to at least 1946) (renamed Standard Chemical in 1946); J A Barrett Coal and Wood at 53 Breezehill (1916-1923), taken over by Bruce Fuels (1923-1974); and Canadian Oil (White Rose) bulk storage tanks at 45 Breezehill (1923-1945). Two rails behind 73 Breezehill have following markings: Algoma Steel 85lbs 19 (1919 I assume) and the other DI&S Co Ltd (Dominion Iron and Steel) 85lbs 19.

Note: Some of this trackage is on private property and permission should be obtained before entering.

Photo by Bernie Geiger Summer 2021

Photo by Bernie Geiger Summer 2021
Ottawa, ON Britannia 
Supports for telegraph poles in rocky locations
Photos by Deborah Mosher

Photo by Bruce Ballantyne GPS 45.303595 - 75.858791
Eleven sets of pole mounts in the ditch between the bicycle path and the fence along the south border of the Britannia Conservation Area. These are the Telegraph pole bases for the Carleton Place subdivision. They are on the north side of the right of way. These are bases to hold the poles upright. The bedrock is very close to the surface here, and in the past, piles of rocks held the poles up, but as the pole line expanded to more circuits and more crossarms, the rock piles likely didn't suffice, so it made sense to anchor the poles right to the rock with some concrete in between.
A different type of pole clamp that is all metal (no cement) can still be seen holding several original CP  poles in Britannia Park. The base legs, which supports a horizontal ring, are attached to the rock. The horizontal ring is open in one (maybe two) place, similar to a hose clamp. The pole is set in to the ring and bolts draw the ring tightly around the base of the pole.
Ottawa, ON., Britannia Yacht Club Marine Railway and Switch

Photos provided by Bernie Geiger in July 2021
It appears unused for several years and no equipment is around. 
Clearly the track is streetcar girder type and quite a tight radius.  Most of the switch including frog and this plate at the points are also in place.  Because much is embedded in concrete it will not make an easy souvenir.  Appears to be standard gauge , unlike Kingston Yacht Club.

Ottawa, ON, Carp
MP 19.8 Carp, CN Renfrew Sub (when MP 0 was by roundhouse at Ottawa East)
GPS 45.3436, -76.0302
A piece of rail from J. R. Booth's Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Rwy. is still in place in the siding at Carp. It is marked as "CAMMELLS STEEL W 1893 SEC 236 OA&PS RAILWAY," which indicates it was manufactured by Charles Cammell Steel at Workington England in 1893 for the OA&PS. The rail section is 236 (a company specific designation) which appears to be 80 lbs/yd.
Photos by Malcolm Vant 10/2017
Ottawa, ON, Dows Lake
Signal rodding from the Dows Lake swing bridge interlocking
GPS 45.390833, -75.699444

For further information on this interlocking please see:

Pictures by Bernie Geiger, October 2020
Ottawa, ON, Hurdman
Hurdman near Alta Vista Post Office
Hurdman diamond was left in situ after the passage of the last train and construction of embankment for new line from Ottawa station westwards.
Ottawa, ON, Rockcliffe Parkway
/1 Sussex Drive/Princess Avenue
GPS  45.445928, -75.689150
Rails have been set (2007) into the traffic circle as a reminder of  the streetcars that ran to Rockcliffe.  One stretch of rail has been laid in line on the north-east side between the Parkway and Princess on the site of the OER Rockcliffe car barns.

Colin Churcher photo August 2015
Ottawa, Twin Elm
45.2425446, -75.8073368
It seems an owner on Steeple Hill (near Old Richmond Rd and Twin Elm) had some kind of a structure to cross the Jock River once suspended by these rail.   One looks quite bent, perhaps by floods pushing the crossing structure.   Rail looks about 85 lb., has wear on it, but due to corrosion  the manufacturer is not identifiable.
Not accessible by land unless you find the homeowner on west side.
Photos by bernie Geiger September 2020

West bank

East bank

East bank

East bank
Ottawa, ON
Byron between Island Park and Kirkwood.

From Cameron Fraser

Not in the neighborhood, and not in their original place, but there are a couple of small apartment buildings on the south side of Byron between Island Park and Kirkwood whose parking spots have a length of rail used as edging to separate them from a small lawn. I assume they were salvaged when the tracks were torn up along Byron.
Streetcar Overhead Wire Support Poles
Ottawa, ON
580 Bank south of Chamberlain
GPS 45.408233, -75.691345
Manufactured by the Electric Railway Equipment Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Photo by Deborah Mosher.
Ottawa, ON
Somerset Street between Lorne and Booth
785 Somerset
GPS  45.409799, -75.710166

Ottawa, ON
200 Elgin Street
This is actually a piece of standard railway rail set inside steel tubing
GPS 45.419362, -75.691713

This was taken out in June 2020

For sentimental reasons we have left this in the listing.
Street View

On 1 June 2020 the guy wires have been removed and it is a matter of time before the post will be removed
Ottawa, ON
Bronson near Kippawa/Third
GPS  45.3989254,-75.6984613

Street View
Ottawa, ON
373 Bronson
East side at Christie
GPS  45.4097323,-75.704803

Street View
Ottawa, ON
38 Monk at Holmwood
GPS  45.399455,-75.687316

Street View
Ottawa, ON
1073, Wellington Street West

Photo by Paul Croft
Old Rails Used as Supports for Guy Wires etc

Streetcar rail with a groove to provide a flangeway

Regular rail
Ottawa, ON
9 - 13 Craig Street
GPS  45.398944,-75.692675

This is standard rail
Ottawa, ON
Slater at Bronson, 140 Bronson 
GPS  45.415659,-75.708103
Street View
Ottawa, ON
Bronson at Laurier West
(ne corner)
Nanny Goat Hill
GPS 45.415046, -75.707603
85 lbs/yard rail rolled by Dominion Iron and Steel (Sydney NS) in 1901
Photos by Colin Churcher 23 August 2015
Ottawa, ON
17 Craig at Ella
GPS  45.398902,-75.692649
Ottawa, ON
Bank Street and Riverside, NW corner. Rail used to support guy wire to hydro pole
GPS  45.388727, -75.677658

Pictures by Bernie Geiger August 2020
Ottawa, ON
Upper Lorne Avenue at Somerset
North west corner
Standard rail 
45.409993, -75.710014

19 March 2017
Ottawa, ON
Echo Drive, south to Mason Terrace
Grooved streetcar rail used as supports for cables. At the following locations along Echo Drive.(west side)
45.40816, -75.68092  north of Hazel
45.40837, -75.68094  north of Hazel
45.40789, -75.68102  north of Hazel
45.40723, -75.68122  between Herridge and Hazel
45.4066061, -75.680806
45.40696, -75.68091  between Herridge and Hazel
45.40641, -75.68083  at Herridge (?1922?)
45.40425, -75.67987  south of Clegg
45.40249, -75.67904  at Bower
45.40224, -75.67896  between Bower and Mason Terrace
45.40182, -75.67862  at Mason Terrace (?1922?)

Street View May 2015
Ottawa, ON
138 Riverdaledale  It is a conventional rail, probably 100 lb or less. North side of Riverdale west of Main, north side
GPS  45.399444, -75.666667
Bernie Geiger photo January 2021
Highland Lawn Bowling Club
Corner of  439 Golden and Byron
8 rails used to hold up lights
GPS  45.388953,-75.757956

Cammells Steel W 1899 Sec 581

It is believed the W stands for Workington England.
Images taken by Malcolm Vant, August 2020
80 Rideau Terrace
GPS 45.443737,-75.677524

Street ViewMay 2015
Springhurst Avenue at the junction with Simcoe Street
85 pound  Algoma steel, 1919

Updated 17 July 2022

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