Picturing the Past

A Train Journey through the Ottawa Valley Using the Mattingly Image Collection

Ottawa to Pembroke over the Canadian Pacific Railway



Above is a heavy freight train at Renfrew. In the background is the coal chute, which was built over the tracks. Steam locomotives stop here to replenish their tenders with coal. This is an inescapable fact of steam railways—the locomotive starts out with a full tender at Smiths Falls, yet it has to be replenished at Renfrew in order to make it through to Chalk River, and vice versa.