Re: Eastern Canadian Coal

Alan Palmer <rrgeekdev@...>

Coal from the US was brought in by rail car and ferried across the St.
Lawrence River to Prescott, Ontario from Ogdensburg NY. I've received
copies of pictures showing B&O hoppers on the NYC docks in Ogdensburg
and in trains up the CP Prescott Sub from Prescott.

CN used more Maritimes coal farther west because they were the
government road and therefore more willing to pay more and haul it
further than CP, a private company.


2009/6/7 John Riddell <jriddell@...>:

Coal has been an important resource mined at many locations in western Canada for over 150 years.

In the STMFC era, coal consumption of railways in Canada was as follows --

Nova Scotia bituminous coal was used in all Maritime Provinces and Quebec and as far west as Cornwall, Ontario. NS coal was shipped  mainly by barge from Sydney.

US coal was imported for Ontario (west of Cornwall), Manitoba and Saskatchewan (as far west as Regina and Saskatoon). CPR obtained U.S. coal from Cambridge Collieries in Cambridge, Ohio, in which CPR had a heavy financial interest.  CNR similarly had interests in a U.S. mine. U.S. coal was often shipped by boat on the great lakes or by rail during the winter.

Coal from mines at Crowsnest Pass and Canmore and Bankhead, Alberta was used in western Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Coal from the many mines in the Crowsnest Pass was used in southern Alberta and southern B.C.

Coal from Jasper Park mines was used on the Grand Trunk Pacific lines west of Watrous, Saskatchewan and between Edmonton and Calgary.

Coal from mines on Vancouver Island was used on the Grand Trunk Pacific line east from Prince George.

Hope this helps.

John Riddell

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