Length: 54 minutes
Time Period: 1950’s or maybe 1960.
Locations: Sydney, Louisburg, Victoria Jct., Caledonia, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Canada
Source: Andy Schools, Lou Suthern
The Sydney & Louisburg was operating former American built steam locomotives. Constructed to move coal from Cape Breton to a deep water port at Sydney, Nova Scotia. Railroad expansion led to an all weather port at Louisburg. The railraod also had additional feeder lines from various mines in the region. Local Collieries own the trains and lines. FYI- a coal mine and its structures are a colliery.
The S&L rostered 31 steam engines in the 1950’s. Employed over 400 people. Dieselization began in 1960. A single, new 70 ton diesel is seen. Coal availability kept the fires burning late. Last steam was operating there until 1966.
Steam locomotives from United States railroads such as: New York Central, Pittsburgh & Lake Erie, Chicago & Eastern Illinois, Chicago & Illinois Midland, Detroit and Toledo Shore Line 86, Cambria & Indiana. They are quite a collection of used locomotives!
The show is narrated. Brief background on many of the locomotives. Train sounds are frequently heard. Accurate sound that does bring viewers into the scenes. Operational aspects are discussed. No specifics on years are given.
The 50 ton hopper cars also appear to be American made.
The Arcadia Coal Company.
This railroad has a short visit near the end of the show.
Sydney & Louisburg Railway is an engaging look at a coal hauling railroad. A wide array of viewpoints and assorted power keeps up the interest. Does get somewhat repetitive towards the end of S&L. The show does offer plenty of steam action. All of the former American locomotives do present a unique roster.
This is a worthwhile program to see. A&R has an interesting one here. Everyone should find this an enjoyable Canadian visit. For the most part, it will seem that you never left the United States. A different show for those that have seen everything.
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars