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The Last Train To Collingwood

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The Barrie Collingwood Railway is a section of a former Canadian National line. Abandoned in 1996 it was revitalised as a short line to serve industries in The City of Barrie and the town of Collingwood Ontario by the authorities of both communities. The line crosses the Canadian Pacific on the level at Utopia, where there are exchange sidings linking the line with the national network.

On July 14th 2011, due to financial pressures, the section from Utopia to Collingwood saw the running of the last train.

Railway Circle member Brian Bollington, a regular visitor to the area, filmed the historic but sad occasion. Following the lines EMD GP9 loco 1001 ironically named “Spirit of Collingwood” as it ran light engine to Collingwood and returned with six tankers.

 

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