Electric Locomotive No. 17 - Cornwall, ON
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
N 45° 01.496 W 074° 44.940
18T E 519774 N 4985750
Quick Description: Locomotive 17 was the last electric locomotive serving Cornwall.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 7/18/2010 5:53:06 PM
Waymark Code: WM99KK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 49

Long Description:
Information marker at locomotive reads:

Locomotive 17 was the last electric locomotive serving Cornwall.

1930 - Built by Baldwin Westinghouse for Salt Lake and Utah Railway, a 70 ton locomotive.

1954 - Rebuilt to 80 tons and operated by Grand River Railway, Preston Ontario.

1963-71 - Cornwall Street Railway & Power Company Limited (C.S.R.L. & P. Co. Ltd.), Cornwall Ontario

1971 - Canadian National Railways, retired from service.

Cornwall's electric railway service began in 1896 with the Cornwall Electric Street Railway Company Limited purchasing two locomotives to handle freight from the Grand Trunk Railway to local industries over their electric street car trackage on Pitt Street and Water Street. The company defaulted on bonds in 1900 and in 1902 operations continued under C.S.R.L. & P. Co. Ltd. Formed by the bondholders, Sun Life Insurance Company, service was extended from C.N.R., C.P.R., and N.Y.C. Railroads to local industries, interplant and inplant switching. In 1948 trolley coaches replaced street cars and freight cars were gradually removed from the city streets.

In 1971 the C.N.R. purchased the freight operation and retired the electric locomotives ending a 75 year era of electric locomotives in Cornwall.

Locomotive 17 was donated by the C.N.R. in 1971 and restored in 1981 under the direction of Mr. D.R. Seymour, retired Assistant General Manager of C.S.R.L. & P. Co. Ltd., for the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, with funds from the city of Cornwall and assisted by C.S.R.L. & P. Co. Ltd.

After Locomotive 17 retired, it was located in front of the city's water treatment plant on Second Strret West until a few years ago where it was relocated to its present location.

Information on the sign is also provided in French.

See also Geocache GC1MRZ5 located here.
Locomotive Type: (required): Electric

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Equipped with four 200 h.p. electric motors,built by Baldwin-Westinghouse

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