Sunday, February 22, 2015

Great Canadian Photo Site: Your Railway Pictures

There are a lot of great websites out there that have great photos of Canadian trains. But one I really like is

The site, which has been created by John MacDonald, is old school. But that's no big deal; the photos are superb. 

On the site, John notes that "like most Canadians over 50, I have a fascination with railways and steam locomotives in particular."

He's turned that fascination into quite a collection of photos of older and newer trains, with a number of historical shots from across Canada.

There are sections about CNR and CPR steam, Canadian railway artifacts, RDCs, old Canadian rolling stock (freight and passenger), Canadian train stations, cabooses, Canadian streetcars and grain elevators.

There are also pages about bridges, trestles and tunnels (with a detailed look at the CPR Spiral Tunnels), old Canadian logging equipment, CP Rail robot cars, more CN, CPR and VIA locomotives, the Newfoundland Railway, Canadian rail yards and more.

I've never seen a photo of CNR steam at
Churchill, Manitoba before.

The photos are mostly submitted and all are captioned; John intersperses comments about the photos, providing information about time and place.

Be warned that the pages are very large; you have to scroll a long way to get to the bottom of most pages. But that just makes it more enjoyable--sort of like a treasure hunt. (What will I find next?) 

Also be warned that John has brief train sounds embedded on the home page and other pages, in case you open it up at work. (Turn the sound off!)

If you have the time, or even if you don't, is well worth a visit.

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