Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway 1993-2011
by David Othen
About the Book
This book contains over 85 colour photographs that illustrate the locomotives and operations of the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway during its first eighteen years.
Since its inception in 1993, the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway has operated Alco/MLW C-630Ms and RS-18s, GM GP9s, GP9-4s, GP15s, GP38-2s, GP38-3s, a GP40u, GP50s, SD40-2s, SD45-2s & GP20Ds.
The mainstay of the railway has been the haulage of natural gas and paper products from Port Hawkesbury to the CN main line at Truro.
The railway has also hauled coal (initially domestic & later imported) between Sydney and Point Tupper, and to Trenton and Truro.
VIA ran the "Bras d'Or" - a weekly summer tourist train - for five years.
I have been interested in trains since I was a child in the 1940s. Early memories include standing on the footplate of the Flying Scotsman at King's Cross. I have photographed and more recently taken video of trains across North America, Britain and Europe. I have been a volunteer on several tourist railroads and was a senior Trainman on the Salem & Hillsborough Railroad in New Brunswick. I have also been fortunate enough to travel on the footplate of, and help fire, coal, wood and oil-burning steam engines and to drive steam and diesel engines.