A Few Minutes in Schreiber

On our way back from Toronto in late August 2021, we stopped in Schreiber, Ontario for a few photos.

Schreiber was once a busy division point, with a roundhouse, turntable, coal tower and all the amenities needed to service a fleet of steam locomotives. That is all gone now, and what remains is a rail yard and a small museum.

CP 6229 and 5976 in Schreiber, Ontario
CP 6229 and 5976 in Schreiber, Ontario

The yard itself was practically empty when we passed through. I should have grabbed a shot from the yard “throat” but I didn’t.

There were two locomotives in the yard, CP 6229 and 5976, sitting near a work train. Both of these are “old power” these days, consigned to pulling non-revenue cars around the railway.

I spent a few minutes photographing the outside of the Schreiber Railway Museum. This attractive little museum has a locomotive, a passenger car and a boxcar on display together with interpretive displays.

Locomotive on display
CP 6539 in Schreiber, ON

The locomotive on display is CP 6539. This is a Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW) S-3, built in July 1955. It worked for CP until 1983, when it was retired and sold to Kimberley-Clark. It was put on display here in 1994.

The museum has a nice building – which was closed when we were there – and from their web site, I can see they have a number of artefacts on display.

Railway museum
Part of the display

They have a boxcar painted in CP maroon. The lettering underneath the paint indicates that this used to be CP 58552. I’m glad to see that people are maintaining and updating the displays. Museum volunteers are so valuable.

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