Orangeville Brampton Railway

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Orangeville Brampton Railway
Obry4009.JPG
CCGX 4009 crosses Railroad Street and the CN Halton Subdivision in Brampton
Reporting mark OBRY
Locale Ontario
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Orangeville Brampton Railway
former TGB line to Owen Sound
Industry spur
Orangeville
Melville
Alton
Cataract
Niagara Escarpment
Forks of the Credit Rd
Brimstone
Inglewood
Caledon Trailway Path, former
Hamilton & Northwestern Railway
Credit River
Boston Mills
Ferndale
Vulsay spur
CN Halton Sub
Brampton
Credit River
Streetsville CPR Galt Sub

The Orangeville-Brampton Railway is a 55-kilometre (34-mile) long short line railway between Orangeville and Streetsville Junction in Mississauga Ontario. It passes through the City of Brampton and the Town of Caledon.

At Streetsville, the OBRY connects with the Canadian Pacific Railway Galt Subdivision. At Brampton, it crosses the Canadian National Railway Halton Subdivision at grade, but no interchange traffic is handled. North of Brampton, the railway winds through the Niagara Escarpment, and is notable for a curved, 349-metre (1,145-foot) long trestle over the Credit River and Forks of the Credit Road near Belfountain in Caledon.

The railway's main purpose is to service several industries in Orangeville and Brampton, but since the fall of 2004, OBRY has operated a public excursion train, marketed as Credit Valley Explorer, between Orangeville and Snelgrove (the northern edge of Brampton).

Freight trains, operated by Cando Contracting Limited[1] for OBRY, make weekday round trips (on Tuesdays and Fridays) between Orangeville and Mississauga.

History[edit]

Most of the current OBRY route was built in the 1870s by the Credit Valley Railway (CVR), with construction completed to Orangeville (with a branch to Elora) in 1879. The CVR was purchased by the CPR, which joined the tracks of the CVR with a former rival, the Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway (TGB), at Orangeville, in effect extending the line north from Orangeville to the TGB's terminus in Owen Sound.

Scheduled passenger service between Toronto and Owen Sound via Brampton and Orangeville ended in 1970, the Elora branch was abandoned in 1987, and the Orangeville-Owen Sound trackage was abandoned in 1995.

The Town of Orangeville purchased the Missisauga-Orangeville trackage from the CPR in 2000 to ensure the line's continued existence. The line is now managed by the Orangeville Brampton Rail Development Corporation.

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