Awesome Visit to South Simcoe Railway

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by RobertInOntario, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Each Decemeber, since 2002, my family and I have ridden the Santa Train at the South Simcoe Railway, which starts from Tottenham, Ont.

    This summer, I recently learned that the steam engine that they have been running -- a 4-6-0 -- broke down. It was out of service for most of the summer and they had to run their diesel instead. Their older loco, a 4-4-0 built in 1883, has also been in for repairs for the past few years. But I heard that they just might have it ready for these Christmas trains. Then I heard that it wouldn't be ready for December and that they'd still have to run the diesel. :cry:

    Well, when we arrived at Tottenham, you can imagine my delight :) when I immediately smelled that distinctive steam smell ! :mrgreen::mrgreen: They DID have the 4-4-0 running, but just barely. It still needs a lot of work and they still had the diesel operating, giving it an extra hand at the other end of the train.

    This was one of our best visits to this railway. The 4-4-0 was chuffing and steaming like crazy. It was very cold, making this loco give off a LOT of smoke in the -9 to -11º C (14º to 16º F) weather.

    Here are a few pics of it giving off steam near the station and one shot showing the diesel at the end of the train in the country.

    Despite the cold, this was a great trip with lots to see and take in. I really recommend this railway to anyone who is contemplating a trip this way. FYI, Tottenham is about an hour NW of Toronto.

    Cheers, Rob



  2. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Nice shots, Robert, and a great little place to visit, although I prefer to do so in the summertime.
    Chipman! Next stop Chipman! ;)

  3. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Thanks, Wayne -- It's still fun in the winter! Rob
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Looks awesome. I am going to have to get there sometime, with or without the kids ;) :D

  5. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Thanks, Andrew! I think I know what you mean, but it is a lot of fun with the kids. When it comes to trains, my eldest son (age 7) can take 'em or leave 'em. But my youngest (4-1/2) is like me and can't get enough of them. I guess he inherited the "train gene" in our family but the other one didn't so much! :mrgreen:

    Cheers, Rob

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