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The Glen

The Glen

by Michael Leduc

The history of The Glen, the CPR Montreal yard built to service the locomotives and passenger cars using the famed Windsor Station (Montreal, QC). At its greatest extent, the yard had 76 tracks with a total of 26 km (16 miles).

The first recorded use of the word glen occurred during the fifteenth century. It defined as a mountain-valley, usually narrow, and forming the course of a stream. On the Island of Montreal many such places exist but only one was given the name Glen, located in the area today known as Westmount.

The story of The Glen must begin with Windsor Street station, Canadian Pacifics most prominent railway terminal in Montreal. As Windsor expanded, so did its requirement for servicing the passenger trains and locomotives that operated there. Thus, CP announced in 1904 that they would expand its Montreal Terminals in Westmount. The facilities were given the name Glen Yard and were opened in 1906.

This book outlines its founding, growth and decline to abandonment in 2004.

ISBN: 978-0-96988705-3-1 | WMPub# 1136 | 5" x 8" | 64 page papercover | 40 black & white photos, 4 diagrams | $14.95 CDN


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Table of Contents

from page 55

5     Preface

7     Introduction

9     Windsor Station

12    The Move to Westmount

15    Building the Glen

18    Glen Yard

25    Glen Roundhouse

29    The Diesel Era

32    Passenger Car Serviceing

37    Commuter Operations

41    Closure of the Glen

46    Photographic Essays

58    Bibliography

60    Acknowledgements

60    Photograph Legend

61    Index


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