Ontario Southland Railway

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Ontario Southland Railway
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OSRX #505, an MLW RS-23, at Guelph in 2009.
Reporting mark OSRX
Locale Southern Ontario, Canada
Dates of operation 1992–Present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters London, Ontario
Ontario Southland Railway
Port Burwell Subdivision
OSR St. Thomas Subdivision
0.0 Ingersoll
Hwy 401 Overpass
4.50 OSR Salford Shop
Cargill Spur
7.7 Mount Elgin
12.1 Ostrander
Kissner Spur
15.2 Tillsonburg
Johnson Controls Spur
17.5 Loop Line Transfer
Future Transfer Spur
CN Cayuga Spur
Ontario Southland Railway
St. Thomas Subdivision
CP Galt Subdivision
0.0 Woodstock
0.77 Jct CN Dundas Subdivision (50.8)
4.0 Beachville
to CN Dundas Subdivision
8.9 Ingersoll
OSR Port Burwell Subdivision
TFT Global Spur
CAMI Spur
Sylvite Spur
13.8 Putnam
Hwy 401 Overpass
Belmont Farm Supply Spur
24.8 Belmont
Messenger Freight Services Spur
A. Schulman Canada Ltd Spur
Dowler-Karn Spur
Hwy 3
32.0 Wabash Transfer
32.3 Jct CN Talbot Sub, Cayuga Spur (117.8)
32.7 end of steel
33.6 St. Thomas

The Ontario Southland Railway Inc. is an independently held short line operator. The company was founded in 1992 to purchase 17 miles of track from Canadian Pacific, which travels from Tillsonburg to Ingersoll, Ontario. In 2009, a second line was added, as 32 miles of CP track from Woodstock to St. Thomas, Ontario were integrated into the system. Additionally, Ontario Southland operates the Guelph Junction Railway on behalf of the city of Guelph, Ontario, which municipally owns the line; however, GJR is reported as a separate entity.[1]

Operations[edit]

Tillsonburg Operations[edit]

OSR's Tillsonburg Division operates on the remaining 17.6 miles (28 km) of the ex-Canadian Pacific Port Burwell Subdivision between Ingersoll and Tillsonburg, Ontario. Customers served include Future Transfer, Cedar Crest Wood Products, Kissner Group, Johnson Controls, International Beams, and Wellmaster. Traffic destined for Growmark Inc. in Delhi, Ontario, as well as Cargill and Norfolk Co-Op in Courtland, Ontario is also handled.

St. Thomas Operations[edit]

On December 14, 2009, the OSR began leasing the St. Thomas Subdivision from Canadian Pacific consisting of 33.6 miles (54 km) of track from Woodstock to St. Thomas, Ontario. Customers served include Ontario Refrigerated Services, Auto Warehousing Company, Agrium, Belmont Farm Supply, Sylvite, Messenger Freight Services, and Factor Gas Liquids. Interchange with CN at St. Thomas and with CP at Woodstock.

Guelph Junction Railway Operations[edit]

The Guelph Junction Railway Division operates 24 miles (39 km) of the ex-Canadian Pacific Goderich Subdivision between Guelph and Campbellville, Ontario on behalf of the City of Guleph. OSR also provides connections with both major railways and provides common use track for rail to transloading for its customers.

CAMI Automotive Operations[edit]

OSR does all switching at the CAMI Automotive plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. Approximately 100 multis are switched in and out of the facility each day.

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