Essex Terminal Railway

Essex Terminal Railway (reporting mark ETL) is a Canadian shortline terminal railroad, travelling from the Town of Amherstburg, Ontario, through La Salle, to the City of Windsor, Ontario in Essex County, Ontario a distance of 21 miles (32 km), with current connections to Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway. The railway is owned by Essex Morterm Holdings.

History

The railway was founded in 1902 as a western connection of the GTR (Now present-day CN) to factories in the eastern end of Windsor. Construction of the line took place between 1902 and 1918. During World War II, the trains hauled military, and industrial equipment (i.e. Bren Gun carriers, and trucks, from Ford Windsor, and other industies,to rail interchanges,C.N.,C.P. N.Y.C., P.M.,and Wabash Railways.Windsor, Ontario,for delivery at eastern ports of Canada, and under the Detroit River, (2 tubes) to Detroit, Michigan, via the then[Michigan Central Railway Tunnel]to U.S. ports.Its turnaround, engine house, and main offices are on Kildare Road in downtown Windsor. Due to heavy development along much of the mainline, Essex Terminal has run its trains at a maximum of 12 MPH (20 km/h) in the city, and 20 MPH (30 km/h) in the county.

As a part of the urban renewal of Windsor, the railway sold several kilometers of spur lines in downtown (old Windsor)in 1998 to the City of Windsor and various developers, allowing new homes and businesses to be built along the former rail RoW. The Mainline was generally unchanged but the ETR became more dependanton down river traffic.

CPR’s EMPRESS 2816, with a 1972 GP-9 in the center-left.

In September 2002, the ETR celebrated its 100th anniversary and brought its newly restored 1923 Number 9 0-6-0 locomotive down from St. Thomas, Ontario,The company was loaned several 1930s CPR and CN passenger cars to give rides to nearby residents that celebrated with the company.Number 9 currently operates out of Waterloo, On. heritage railway.

Ironically, a week after the centennial celebration, the ETR had its first serious derailment in over 10 years, caused by abnormally heavy rains soybean-carrying cars were involved. There were no injuries,the tracks were repaired and two nearby grade crossings repaved.

On September 12, 2007, Essex Terminal Railway had its second accident when a transport truck tried to race a slow moving ETR train across the Weaver Road at-grade crossing. ADM, and Morterm (a marine terminal )are accessed by Weaver Rd. The Windsor Rock Salt Mine is also near by. The SW-1200 locomotive clipped the rear of the trailer, tipping the transport truck onto its right side (the truck was heading west at the time and the locomotive was headed northbound) and ripped the axles off the trailer’s box and frame. Aside from damaged to the transport truck, the locomotive also sustained some damage to one of its couplers, which had impacted the trailer. The driver (who was from Ohio) was uninjured and cooperating with Essex Terminal Railway officials and Windsor Police. Essex Terminal Railway later said in The Windsor Star,”that ”that this is a reason why people should never try to beat a train.”

In the summer of 2009 the Essex Terminal Railway signed agreements with the City of Windsor (a property owner)to allow 2 new rail spurs to be constructed on the west end of the city. The rail lines will serve 2 industries in the Ojibway industrial area. ETR currently has more than 15 customers in Windsor -and serves several customers in the town of Amhertburg including Honeywell and Diageo Distilleries.

ETR Locomotives and Rolling Stock

Essex Terminal Railway

Legend

35 km

Windsor (to VIA/CN Rail)

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Windsor (ETR depot)

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Essex Terminal rail yard

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CP Rail

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Ouellette Avenue

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CN Rail

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CN Rail/Michigan Central Railway Tunnel

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Huron Church Road

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Ojibway Parkway

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Windsor Salt mine

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Ojibway Parkway

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River Canard

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Amherstburg Quarry

All images are (c) Trainweb.org

ETR GP-9 engine #108 is hard at work pulling some box cars

ETR GP-9 engine #108 pulling cars once more

ETR rolling stock, a ballast hopper

A Pair of ETR SW1200 engines

ETR Caboose

ETR SW-14 locomotive with the 100th anniversary plate on the side

External links

ETR official website

ETR Rolling Stock GIF Images at Trainweb.org

Southwest Ontario Train at TrainWeb.org

ETR train paint schemes

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Railways of Canada

Common freight carriers

APR  Arnaud  BCRY  BNSF  BTR  Cartier  CBNS  CEMR  CFL  CN  CP  CSXT  CTRW  EMRY  ETL  GEXR  GFR  GSR  GWRS  HBRY  HCRY  IRRS  Keewatin  KFR  KPR  LMR  MDW  MMA  NBSR  NS  OBRy  ONT  OS  PAR  QGRY  QNS&L  QRC  RLHH  RLK  Romaine  RS  SCR  SLQ  SORA  SRY  SVI  TRR  TR  TRRY  TSH  Wabush  WHRC

Private carriers

GWWD  Inco  Port of Montreal

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Essex County, Ontario

Transportation

Current Provincial Highways: Highway 3 Highway 77 Highway 401

Former Provincial Highways: Highway 2 Highway 39 Highway 98 Highway 107 Highway 114

Essex County Roads: County Roads Windsor Suburban Roads

Railways: Essex Terminal Railway Windsor Subdivision Chatham Subdivision CASO Subdivision

Municipalities

Amherstburg Essex 1 Kingsville Lakeshore LaSalle Leamington Township of Pelee Island Tecumseh Windsor 2

Communities

Belle River 3 Colchester Comber Cottam Deerbrook Emeryville Harrow 3 Maidstone Malden Centre McGregor Oldcastle Puce River Canard Ruthven St. Clair Beach3 St. Joachim Seacliffe Stoney Point Windsor Woodslee

Attractions and Parks

Point Pelee National Park Fort Malden National Historic Park Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens ERCA Chrysler Canada Greenway Trans-Canada Trail

Geography

Bois Blanc Island East Sister Island Fighting Island Middle Island Peche Island Pelee Island Point Pelee

Related Topics

Detroit, Michigan Detroit River Windsor Ontario

1 County seat. 2 Separated Municipality, as of 1998[update]. 3 Formerly a separate municipality, merged into another as of 1998.

List of municipalities in Ontario

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Windsor, Ontario

Topics on Windsor, Ontario

General Topics

Demographics Economy Transportation Windsor Suburban Roads Media Sister Cities Windsor, Ontario Category Essex Terminal Railway

Politics

History Windsor City Council List of mayors of Windsor, Ontario Flag of Windsor Coat of Arms of Windsor Sister Cities

Attractions

Education St. Clair College U of W Hiram Walker Caesars Windsor Canadian Club Devonshire Mall Roundhouse Centre Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival Windsor salt mine

Culture and Parks

Neighbourhoods Skyscrapers and buildings Ojibway Prairie Complex Odette Sculpture Park Bike Trails Riverfront Bike Trail Ganatchio Trail Little River Extension Grand Marais Trail Trans-Canada Trail Chrysler Canada Greenway Russell Street Neighbourhood Trail

Weather and Climate

Windsor, Ontario’s Climate 1946 Windsor-Tecumseh Tornado 1973 Windsor Tornado 1997 Windsor Tornadoes Weather Records in Windsor

Infrastructure and Transportation

Ambassador Bridge Detroitindsor Tunnel List of Windsor Roads Windsor Roads Template Windsor Suburban Roads

Related topics

Detroit, Michigan Detroit River (Islands) Detroit-Windsor Ontario Essex County Quebec City-Windsor Corridor

Essex County:

LaSalle Tecumseh Lakeshore Amherstburg Essex Kingsville Leamington, Ontario Pelee, Ontario

List of municipalities in Ontario

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