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A Late Lake Erie and Northern Charter (April 24, 1955)

Text by James Bow. Photos by Richard Glaze

By 1955, the electric interurban operations heading south towards Lake Erie were on their last days. The Lake Erie & Northern railroad and the Grand River Railroad were now owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the owners seemed determined to end electric operations. Interest in passenger operations were waning, as ridership suffered from increasing competition with the private automobile, and the owners wanted to replace the aging electric equipment with the diesel power they were investing in throughout the rest of CP’s network.

Likely aware of the waning opportunities to capture this unique operation, enthusiasts chartered a special run from Preston south to Port Dover. Richard Glaze was there with his cameras, and these are some of the images he captured.

Lake Erie and Northern Charter Image Archive

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