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Railroaders Square and Memorial - Belleville, ON
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jiggs11
N 44° 09.539 W 077° 22.150
18T E 310560 N 4892259
Quick Description: Small Railroaders Square and memorial along the Waterfront Trail in Belleville, ON.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 5/23/2012 11:53:41 PM
Waymark Code: WMEFVB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 7

Long Description:
The memorial is dedicated to all the railroaders who have worked on the various railroads in and around Belleville over the years. It features an etched-stone double-sided black granite marker, with various locomotives on one side and varied railroad scenes on the other.

The main marker features the simple text:

"...Past, Present and Future"

underneath the various railroad scenes.

There are also information plaques and stones in the small park, as well as a granite steam train whistle.

Text of the marker #2 follows:

As part of Canada's Centennial (1967) celebration the railroaders of this area and their friends volunteered many hours to install the locomotive 2534 at West Zwicks Park. It became a landmark in Belleville which recalled the city's role as a railroading centre. Due to its deterioration it had to be removed in 1997. At that time it was moved to its new home next to the CN station in the village of Brighton. In 1997 area railroaders again volunteered to enhance this portion of the Quinte Bayshore to create a new visual reminder of their role in Belleville's history.

The Railroad Monument Committee acknowledges the financial and material contributions of the following:

Sid & Hazel Woodward
'Herb' Diamond and Family
Douglas P. Burley '47 - '86
James 'Jim' Sanford & Family
Hugh, Albert & Alfred Thurston
R.C. 'Bob' Grace Jones & Family
Keith & Marion Hunt & Family
Donald J. NcGillvary & Family
Burton D. Salisbury & Family
C.E. "Ken" Sager & Family
Leslie A. Taylor & Family
B.M.W.F. Local 83
Cam Munroe Dispatcher
A.V. Johnson Div. Engr. 1927-1975
W. "Tony" & Geraldine English '40 - '77
Eng. Sid & Dorothy White 32 Yrs.
C.A. Curly Wood & Wife Grace
'Mac' & Dorcus Royle & Family
A. James Newman & Family
Eng. John A. & Janet Payne
London ON Pensioners Association
J.W. "Beanie" Anderson & Family
John T., Joyce E. Carson & Family
Ralph W. Woodward
Blake, Roy, Boyce & Uncle Ray Cook
Phil, Joe, Eugene & Ross Cummings
The Boyds - John, Alden & Lorne
George & Carl & Sidney Lethangue
H. Blake Weese
Ernie & Susie Pigden
Wm. H. "Bill" Weese & Family
Howard W. Botting & Family
E.L. 'Ernie' Goodman & Family
Arnold, Edith & Elaine Ethier '39 - '82
John & Marilyn Lamorre & Family
James 'Jim' Sandford & Family
Lyle Ostrom 40 Years
Royden & Jacqueline Inix
R. Don "Slipp" Ward 47 - 87
Doug & Randy Thrasher
Parkside Landscaping

Marker #3 Reads:

Belleville Area Railway Workers

This section of the Bay Shore Trail is dedicated to all Belleville area railway workers and their families. Their efforts established Belleville as a vital link in the Canadian railway system. Many served with dedication and sacrifice in all branches of the Canadian Armed Forces, including the Royal Canadian Engineers Railway Corps. All have continued the tradition of dedication and support for their community. The people of Belleville and district commemorate their contributions to the economic, social and cultural development of the Belleville area.

Even before the arrival of the first Grand Trunk Railway train on October 27, 1856, local workers were employed in constructing tracks, bridges and buildings. Belleville was an important divisional point on the Grand Trunk and its Belleville roundhouse was one of the largest engine service facilities in North America. The skilled railway work force was comprised of all crafts in Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Clerical, Stores and Supplies, Bridge & Building and Management phases of railroading.

They worked on lines that served Belleville including the Grand Trunk (C.N.R.), The Grand Junction (part of The Midland), The Belleville and North Hastings, The Canadian Northern, The C.P.R., Via Rail and on nearby lines such as The Bay Of Quinte and The Central Ontario. Belleville remains an important terminal of CN Rail.

We remember and honour the contributions and dedication of these railway workers.

The granite Steam Train Whistle has

Rail
Roaders
Square

engraved in the top.
Website with more information on either the memorial or the person(s) it is dedicated to: [Web Link]

Location: Railroaders Square

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