The Railways of Ottawa

Finding No. 21   Railway Structures Destroyed (Mainly) by Fire

Canadian Pacific Thurso Station and Freight Shed Burned 23 December 1947

Ottawa Journal 23 December 1947

Thurso CPR Station Destroyed by Fire
THURSO, Que., Dec. 23 - The frame CPR station and adjoining freight shed here were destroyed by fire from an overheated stove, shortly after 2.30 this morning.
The alarm was given by Emanuel Desjardins, a night shift employe of the Singer Company located close to the station.
Fireman Fire Chief of Thurso, Henri Eube, rushed to the scene with fire equipment to find the building in a mass of flames. Vain efforts were made to save the building which was a pile of smoking embers by 5.30 a.m.
Among articles stored in the freight shed were a washing machune, chesterfield and bed.
No estimate of the loss was available.

Ottawa Journal 11 June 1948

Thurso to Have New Station
Thurso June 10. Thurso will soon have a new station to replace the one destroyed by fire last December 23. Plans have already been approved by the local council, and building will be started by the Canadian Pacific Railway at the end of the month.
Of attractive brick design, the station will contain every possible comfort. One section will be of two storeys with offices on the lower floor and the station master's quarters on the upper. The other section, with a novel roof design, will house the waiting rooms and the baggage and express accommodation.
To avoid the blocking of Galipeau street by trains standing in the station, the new building will be 80 feer away from the former location.
This will not be the first time that Thurso's station has been moved. In 1927, the one recently destroyed by fire, was shifted and renovated.

Board of Transport Commissioners Order No.  71148 of  7 September 1948

Approves the proposed location and details of CPR new station to be erected at Thurso, m. 90.6.

Updated 4 November 2021

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