COOL VIDEO: Mid ’60s home movie of trains in Ottawa


(Via Dave Allston at the Kitchissippi Museum blog)

It is a privilege to present some incredible home video footage from the mid-1960s of trains in the west Ottawa area.

This footage is all courtesy of local train historian/archivist/enthusiast Bruce Chapman, who shot all of this footage himself. Up until now this video has only been seen by a few people.

With Bruce’s permission, the Kitchissippi Museum is proud to share a collection of Kitchissippi-area clips of this footage. There are a total of 8 different clips, some are dated, some have accompanying info from Bruce Chapman, and I’ve done my best to label key reference points in each video.

There is no audio that was recorded. The first clips are the most exciting, as the footage is filmed from inside the cab of the engine, essentially providing an unbelievable opportunity to experience (at least to some degree) the feeling of driving down the CPR rail track along Scott Street inside a train in 1967. Enjoy and please feel free to comment any memories/thoughts you have on this amazing video. Thank you!

0:00 – October 28, 1967 – Final days at Ottawa West station. Leaving Ottawa West station going west towards Churchill Avenue, alongside Scot Street, from inside the cab of the RDC of #261.
2:59 – 1967 date uncertain – In cab of RDC unit on train #262 travelling from Brockville to Ottawa; this is footage from Churchill to Ottawa West station
4:50 – April 2, 1967 – Train #90, 8795-8745-8749 bringing 4-8-4 3100 to Ottawa, crossing Churchill Avenue
5:30 – October 28, 1967 – Ottawa West station’s last day, panning the area from inside the yard
7:26 – Date unknown – “Scott Street in Ottawa; ‘light’ diesel locomotives heading westbound to pick up the rest of their train which they’ve left west of Westboro station, as their train was too long to fit into the small Ottawa West yard in one cut. The locomotives are all MLW: RS-10, RS-18, RS-10, RS-18”
8:26 – Date unknown. Shot from up Gilchrist Avenue looking north. “RS-18 and RS-10 on train #90 passing by on Scott Street.”
9:31 – 1966 – Train #75, the through freight from Montreal to Ottawa on the M&O Sub, arriving at Ottawa West station early one morning (after crossing the Prince of Wales bridge)
10:12 – April 12, 1966 – #2 (“The Canadian”) and #4 (“The Dominion”) consolidated at Scott Street/Gilchrist Avenue

Please visit the Kitchissippi Museum for more local history!

OttawaStart Staff


3 Responses

  1. Ross Barclay says:

    Very interesting video, not only for the trains themselves, but to get a glimpse of what that part of Ottawa looked like 50 years ago. Amazing how much it’s changed over that time. I noticed in one of the videos that the train included Canadian Pacific steam locomotive #3100. It was built in Montreal in 1928 and would have been retired from active service by the time the film was made. It is now located in the Canadian Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. I wonder where it was being moved to at the time the film was shot in the 1960s?

    • Patrick says:

      I believe CPR 3100 was being moved to Ottawa for the purpose of being displayed in the Museum of Science and Tech. It seems that it was coming from Winnipeg, where it was likely stored/mothballed/ or waiting for disposal.

  2. Linda Holmes says:

    What a pleasure to watch! Loved seeing the old cars and the OC Transpo bus as well! I remember well sitting in the wooden pews at the Central Station on Rideau St with my mom. We would regularly travel to Montreal by train to visit friends. It was in the late 50’s. Great memories! Thanks for sharing!!

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