Mixed Trains and Rail Trails

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Mixed Trains and Rail Trails
Posted by ghCBNS on Friday, August 9, 2019 5:30 AM

Long gone are the days when a GE 70-Tonner would head out of Charlottetown with a Mixed Train for the light railed branch lines of eastern Prince Edward Island.

 Today….you can still get a sense of what the trip was like by hiking or biking along 450kms of the ‘Confederation Trail’ that has preserved nearly the entire CN rail network on PEI.




I spent some time last weekend in the Montague area and covered a bit of the trail.


The former Station and Freight Shed are now the Town’s Tourist Centre and Marina Office.



The Trail starts just east of the station where the remains of the old turntable pit are preserved in the old yard area.  



I continued onto Montague Jct. where the old wye can still be followed where it joined the Georgetown Subdivision. (Georgetown (left) and Montague (right) 


This is a replica of a typical PEI Station…..now a restaurant along the trail……and the original Cardigan Station….now a Farmers Market.


Here’s my ride to PEI: the ‘Holiday Island’ …a highly functional double-decker holding 150 cars but with all the esthetics of a parking lot that floated out to sea! It’s a former CN Ferry originally used between Borden, PEI and Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick (2 nd photo below) but was transferred to NFL (Northumberland Ferries) after the Confederation Bridge opened in 1997.

The other ferry on the run is the ‘Confederation’ with much more appealing lines. It holds 220 cars



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Posted by Miningman on Friday, August 9, 2019 11:21 AM

Thanks. Great pics once again. 

As to no more rails well there's goes the charm and reliable transport in all kinds of weather. Brilliant. Enjoy those trucks! 

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Posted by SD70Dude on Friday, August 9, 2019 3:01 PM

CN will soon be sending their 100th anniversary exhibit (in containers) to Charlottetown.  A bit ironic, considering the utter absence of rail service from that province for the past 30 years.

I suppose the intermodal and trucking arms of CN still serve P.E.I.

Greetings from Alberta

-an Articulate Malcontent

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Posted by Backshop on Friday, August 9, 2019 3:07 PM

My wife and I took the ferry from Pictou, NS to PEI.  While there, we rented bicycles and rode about 20 miles (each way) on the Confederation Trail out of Charlottetown. Prince Edward was in town for a celebration.


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