Level Crossings I’ve Known and Loved – Mile 45.18 and Mile 44.78 Bala Sub

I got these shots at the Zephyr siding on the CN Bala sub during my last trip to the north country.  First, here is the north entrance to the siding.


Here is the crossbuck and the signal shed at the crossing between the tracks and Zephyr Road.



Someone has handwritten the crossing mileage on the door, but it is actually incorrect, reading 45.48 instead of 45.18.  I continued down the road and made the left hand turn onto York-Durham Line and stopped at the next crossing which is roughly the quarter point of the siding.  Here is the signal shed with the mile marker.


Here is the view to the east


And the view to the west.


As you can tell, the siding extends through this crossing.  Zephyr is 6580 feet, which makes it roughly equivalent to those at Quaker, Pefferlaw and Smail, but its half the size of Brechin East, which crosses Highway 12 well to the north.  Do these sidings get a lot of action in these days of super trains with multiple units and DPU?  Finally, here is the crossbuck mileage marker.


I love knowing where I have been, so I can both catalogue my journeys and know where to go back to when I’ve found somewhere I have enjoyed being.  This was a fun pair of crossings to shoot, so maybe next time I’ll be able to spend a bit more time and actually catch something here!

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2 Responses to Level Crossings I’ve Known and Loved – Mile 45.18 and Mile 44.78 Bala Sub

  1. Eric Gagnon says:

    Adam, I remember a quick trip into Toronto in 1994 returning from Timmins, and I was struck by the lack of any online industry, back tracks, and few sidings on this part of the line. We were making really good time, but the train was too late for me to make my connection back to Kingston, so the bus got me home instead.

    Definitely trunk line railroading.


    • Adam Walker says:

      Hi Eric,

      Yes, there is certainly a lack of industry on the Bala, especially through the country side in central Ontario. I think most of the industry was and is located on the Newmarket and Uxbridge subdivisions, such as they are now. Perhaps if there is another industrial revival in Ontario we’ll see more built in these areas, but for now they’ll just stand by and watch as the great transcontinental freights roll past.


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