Colin Churcher's Personal Pages

Welcome to my home page. I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I have been interested in railways for many years and have been fortunate to pursue a railway career. In these pages I set out various aspects of my interest. As of November 2016 my railway pages have been migrated over to the C. Robert Craig Memorial Library web site. The new URL is  No data has been lost and the relevant links on this page have been changed to those on the Craig Library website.

  Several thousand of my pictures, railway and non-railway, now available on Flickr.
  My Blogs
  My Railway and Trip Diaries from the 1960s
  Articles I have written, mainly on railway subjects, since 1960.
  My curriculum vitae.
  Growing up in Orpington I was born in Orpington, Kent, England.  My mother Kate Churcher (nee Foster) wrote this account of the Orpington she knew as a girl.

Railway History

  Ottawa's Railway Heritage - a new listing of railway artifacts in the region now no longer used for railway purposes
  The Thurso and Nation Valley Railway was the last logging railway in eastern Canada. It ran north from Thurso, Québec on the Ottawa River to bring out lumber for the Thurso mill. I saw the line in its last years and these pages will present some of the flavour of this interesting short line railway.
  Walter Shanly's Reports on the survey of the Bytown and Prescott Railway
      Railway Maps of the Ottawa Area
 Department of Transport 1941 Maps showing location of railways with their original names
  First Trips and Early Excursions in the Ottawa Area
  Railways Projected in the Ottawa Area - it is amazing how many lines were projected and even authorized, but were never built.
  A Train Journey Through the Ottawa Valley - an imaginary rail trip using images from the Mattingly Collection of the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
 A review of Ottawa area papers from 1847 to date.
 By railway subdivision
 By Year
 A review of Ottawa area items from the Railway and Shipping World
  A listing of regulatory orders, orders in council etc., relating to the railways of Ottawa

Significant Railway Dates
  Significant Dates in Canadian railway history.
  Significant Dates in Ottawa railway history.
  Significant Dates in Ottawa/Hull Street Railway History.
  Significant Dates in Kingston, ON, railway history. Prepared by David Page.
  Brockville Railway History - a set on Flickr

Ottawa Railway History Circle

  Ottawa Railway History Circle
  FINDINGS of the Ottawa Railway History Circle - this contains an enormous amount of information about the history of the railways of Ottawa.
  Articles written by Members of the Circle
  Royal Trains in Canada - a work in progress
  Railway Accidents in the Ottawa area
  Last Canadian Pacific Steam Locomotives to Operate out of Ottawa
  Sunken Locomotives in Canada

Ottawa Area Railways

  Ottawa Central Railway - The Spareboard.
  Salient Features of the Ottawa O Train Route.

Mount Royal Tunnel

  The Mount Royal Tunnel Electrification   “From a rolling museum to a Phoenix arisen from its ashes.” This is part of an excellent presentation given by Mark Walton to the Bytown Railway Society on June 6, 2000.

Industrial Locomotives and Locomotive Cranes in Canada

   Industrial Locomotives in Canada  (except BC) - an extensive listing.

24 June 2017

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