The Lasalle Loop, Part 4

On our way into the “Whiskey Trench”. Seagram’s tower still the tallest landmark in the area.

Not sure why they mark these angle bars like that but it is close to the street and easily seen.

Stop sign. (wink)

Urban explorers.

Other rail.

I am always amazed by the simplicity of rail track. When you consider the amount of weight that goes on it there is hardly anything to it, almost doesn’t make sense. One of the more interesting engineering tricks ever!

Still being serviced and taking no chances.

Crossing the highway. Traffic heading to Mercier Bridge.

And the other way.

On the left is Fleischman’s Yeast.

Former industrial space.

Lesser known tower.

Still some housing along the way as we approach the end.

And the almost predictable path.

A fork in the road. We will go to the left.

To the right connecting with the main line, CP’s Adirondack Sub.

Strange looking large bush on right is actually CP security booth – Kidding! Just Kidding!

Coming in to the yard.

Coming in to Lasalle Station.

It wasn’t the hottest day of the year, but it was warm enough, and we have been walking for close to five hours now – did take a lunch stop – and just when you are starting to look forward to a break at the end, there comes a rather nice pay off!

That was quite a buzz because somehow I had forgotten in my mind that the track has to cross the river here.

Lasalle Station.

The building has not been open to the public for many years.

And there be the Saint Lawrence river!

Pretty darn nice little adventure.
Next up, a conclusion and some possibilities.

5 responses to “The Lasalle Loop, Part 4

  1. Interesting to see some surface pictures, not just the usual google earth/bing view.

    So after being in the field, how would you rate the possibility and usefulness to turn this right of way into a tram or surface metro? (either by connecting to Angrignon, or by connecting to the CP tracks going through griffintown and into gare centrale)

  2. What a nice walk down memory lane; being a LaSallois for over 40 years now, I remember very well the “Loop”. The freight train at night, crossing Shevchenko, the traffic jam it produce sometime on weekend days. The industrial activities it produce…. and pollution also. Now LaSalle has change a lot, many of the industrial section are gone, replace by the omni-present condos, cleaner, but somewhat boring…

    Thanks for sharing the photos and comments.


  3. Old CP employee timetables give a glimpse into the operation of the Lasalle Loop. According to Timetable 25 of the Quebec division (taking effect Dec. 9th, 1990), the official name of the line is the “LaSalle Loop Spur”. Maximum speed is 20 MPH, equipment 85 feet in length or longer must not be used to switch industrial tracks and whistle signals are prohibited, as are six axle diesel units. Furthermore, “all movements over all public and private crossings must be manually protected by a member of the crew except where crossings are protected by automatic crossing protection and protection is opearing as intended”. It lists such crossings as Lafleur avenue (mile 0.42), Newman Blvd. twice (Mile 0.66 & 3.7), 90th avenue (mile 0.84), Allard street (mile 3.52) and St-Patrick street (mile 4.31)

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