Ontario Southland Railway

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Ontario Southland Railway
Ontario Southland Railway Logo.gif
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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.

Locomotive Roster[edit]

Number Builder Model Serial Build Date Remarks
51 EMD NW2 5703 1947-12 Nee TH&B 51
52 EMD SW9 A151 1951-02 Nee C&O 5242
175 EMD GP9 22576 1956-11 Nee C&O 6193
180 MLW RS-18u 82450 1958-04 Ex-CP 1860, nee CP RS18 8769
181 MLW RS-18u 82458 1958-05 Ex-CP 1861, nee CP RS18 8777
182 MLW RS-18u 82258 1958-04 Ex-QGRY 1801, ex-CP 1801, nee CP RS18 8764
183 MLW RS-18 M3497-02 1968-05 Nee INCX 208-3
184 MLW RS-18 M3497-03 1968-08 Nee INCX 208-4
378 EMD GP7 14008 1951-03 Nee SOO 378
383 EMD GP7 16481 1952-07 Nee SOO 378
500 ALCO S-6 81819 1956-11 Ex-VWL 29, nee SP 1073
501 MLW S-13 82548 1959-01 Ex-GWWD 501, ex-BCOL 501, ex-BCOL 1001, nee PGE 1001
502 MLW S-13 82549 1959-01 Ex-VWL 827, ex-BCOL 502, ex-BCOL 1002, nee PGE 1002
503 MLW RS-23 82581 1959-09 Nee CP 8029
504 MLW RS-23 83286 1960-08 Nee CP 8044
505 MLW RS-23 82573 1959-09 Nee CP 8021
506 MLW RS-23 82476 1959-08 Nee CP 8013
507 MLW RS-23 83290 1960-08 Ex-Spruce Falls 109, ex-DEVCO 201, nee SL 201
641 MLW M-420W M6068-02 1973-09 Nee BCOL 641
644 MLW M-420W M6068-05 1973-09 Nee BCOL 644
646 MLW M-420W M6068-07 1973-10 Nee BCOL 646
647 MLW M-420W M6068-08 1973-10 Nee BCOL 647
1116 MLW RS-18u 81621 1957-06 Ex-CP 1116, ex-CP 1802, nee CP RS18 8746
1210 EMD SW1200RSu A1492 1958-08 Ex-CP 1210, nee CP SW1200RS 8112
1244 EMD SW1200RSu A1897 1960-07 Ex-CP 1244, nee CP SW1200RS 8151
1245 EMD SW1200RSu A1909 1960-09 Ex-CP 1245, nee CP SW1200RS 8163
1249 EMD SW1200RSu A1914 1960-09 Ex-CP 1249, nee CP SW1200RS 8168
1400 EMD FP9ARM A1399 1958-07 Ex-RLK 1400, ex-VIA 6303, ex-VIA FP9A 6539, nee CN 6539
1401 EMD FP9ARM A1195 1957-03 Ex-RLK 1401, ex-VIA 6312, ex-VIA FP9A 6523, nee CN 6523
1620 EMD GP9u A1115 1957-02 Ex-CP 1620, nee CP GP9 8659
6508 EMD FP9ARM A638 1954-12 Ex-WSJR 6508, ex-TTSL 6305, ex-VIA 6305, ex-VIA FP9A 6508, nee CN 6508
8235 EMD GP9u A1474 1958-03 Ex-JLCX 8235, ex-CP 8235, nee CP GP9 8822

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