Orangeville Brampton Railway
CCGX 4009 crosses Railroad Street and the CN Halton Subdivision in Brampton
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|Orangeville Brampton Railway|
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. However, between the fall of 2004 and spring of 2018, OBRY operated a public excursion train, marketed as Credit Valley Explorer, between Orangeville and Snelgrove (the northern edge of Brampton).
Freight trains on the line are operated by Trillium Railway under contract for OBRY (previously operated by Cando Rail Services Ltd.), and make weekday round trips (on Tuesdays and Fridays) between Orangeville and Mississauga.
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 Mississauga-Orangeville trackage between Mile 2.2 to Mile 34.6 from the CPR on September 29, 2000 to ensure the line's continued existence. The line is now managed by the Orangeville Brampton Rail Development Corporation.
In early 2018 it was announced that after years of operation for the town, Cando would be discontinuing its contract to operate the line effective at the end of June 2018, and as a result a new operator was being sought by the town to run the line. Facing an uncertain future, the Credit Valley Explorer made its final runs in February 2018, and the three passenger cars were sold off to the Waterloo Central Railway. After the final freight runs by Cando in late June 2018, new contractor Trillium Railway commenced freight operations on the OBRY starting in July 2018 with a leased locomotive.
- EMD GP9RM
- EMD GP9RM
- GMD GP9RM - 2 (retired)
- EMD GP9 - 1 (retired)
- CC&F LW coach - 3 ex-VIA Rail
- Budd dome car coach - 1 ex-Amtrak
- Budd RDC9 - ex-VIA Rail
- "Orangeville-Brampton Railway", CANDO Rail Services, the operator of the line
- History of the Credit Valley Railway From the Ontario Railway History Page by Robert Hughes.
- Credit Valley Explorer Tour Train
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