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 career in railways.
In these pages I will be setting out various aspects of my interest.
Several thousand of my pictures, railway and non-railway, now available on Flickr.
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.
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
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
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 DatesSignificant 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.
Significant Dates in Cornwall railway history (Chris Granger's web site)
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 Questions and Mysteries - on this page are shown some questions with which you may be able to help.
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 CanadaIndustrial Locomotives in Canada (except BC) - an extensive listing.
Travels Around the World
Guayaquil and Quito Railway, Ecuador. Picture Gallery of trips in 1988 and 1993.
A coconut railway visited in Honduras in 1997.
A narrow gauge train ride between Talca and Constitucion in Chile. February 2001.
Railway Inspection Trips in Bolivia. February 2002.
Le chemin de fer du Blanc a Argent in France in September 2002 and January 2007.
Trip to Ireland September 2006
Parisian Living, December- 2006/ January 2007
A Journey across northern Spain on El Transcantabrico, a luxury narrow gauge train
Broad Gauge Railway Relics in the Azores (June 2008)
Ottawa Central Railway Beachburg Bullet, 5 October 2008
Travel to Siena and Firenze in Italy, October 2008.
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