Continuing the journey with Avrom Shtern and Andrew Dawson.
Here is a map of this leg. We started at Sources and went east.
As far as I know the La Belle Province on the left is the only open 24 hours place on the entire West Island.
Trains used to go right up to that door. (right in?).
Avrom and Andrew checking out one of the countless sidings, wyes, and backtracks that have been pulled up but attest to how busy the Doney was in it’s day.
They used to load up here but the doors are bricked up.
Had to follow this one.
There was all kinds of these on the tracks. Maybe they like the warmth? This was a very hot day. It’s usually about 3-5 degrees warmer on the tracks as the steel gets hot, but the ballast also holds it in like a good old brick oven!
It s astonishing how much rust the rails can take and still be usable ( at very slow speeds I would guess).
Start of the Saint Francois Spur.
Here it splits. That is Golf Dorval (what’s left of it) due south.
I don’t think you will see a diamond crossing with a switch going into a building like that too often.
Back on the Doney, still active over in there.
Approaching the bridge that crosses the 40 otherwise known as the Trans Canada Highway.
Looking east. This was a Sunday afternoon. Traffic, what traffic?
And we called it a day up ahead at rue Douglas -B- Floreani.
We had taken the 215 bus from Cote Vertu Metro to get out to Sources and took the 215 back to Cote Vertu. While I am often critical of our (lack of) public transportation, I am quite willing to offer praise when it works so damn well as that! Cars, on the other hand, are not very good for this kind of trekking as you have to walk all the way back to where the car is parked. Was a good one.
More to come.