Upper Canada Railway Society (UCRS) and its publications
An excellent history of the UCRS is provided by Derek Boles of the Toronto Railroad Historical Association:
"A Brief History of the Railfan Hobby in Canada - Part 4 of 5" by Derek Boles:
"In 1941, the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association became the Upper Canada Railway Society. ... For many years the UCRS was Toronto's most active railfan organization, sponsoring numerous excursions and holding well-attended monthly meetings. ... The vicissitudes of the UCRS can be traced in the evolution of its monthly periodical. For many years it was called simply the Newsletter. In 1975, it was renamed Rail & Transit and given a visual makeover twice until 1980 when it reverted to being called the Newsletter and resumed its pre-1975 appearance. In 1992 it was made over and renamed Rail & Transit once again before suspending publication altogether in 1998. Unfortunately this long-running identity crisis has made it difficult for researchers to locate back issues of this periodical in library catalogs. ... The UCRS also published a series of Bulletins, pamphlets devoted to single topics such as individual railways and classes of steam locomotives. As well, they produced booklets and calendars and, on at least one occasion, a substantial book on the history of the Toronto Civic Railways."
In its newsletter Canadian Rail (Number 544) CRHA advised that the UCRS archives were donated to the Ontario Electric Railroad Historical Association.
I joined UCRS in 1979 and have most of the newsletters from 1979 to the end of publication in 1998, which I will scan to this page. It is a time-consuming process, and this page will be "under construction" for some time. Donations of earlier publications for the purpose of recording on this page would be much appreciated. Please Contact Me.
Excerpts from various UCRS periodicals also appear by topic on my page Quick Railway Histories and Related Information.
All the information on this page is provided on the basis of being for personal use and research only. Its dissemination or citation in whole or in part may be subject to copyright law with respect to UCRS and/or the author of the material in question.
Jeffrey P. Smith, on his CNR in Ontario website, has posted extracts from early issues in the cited years:
(The number behind each year represents the number of pages recorded.)
- Upper Canada Railway Society Bulletin (Toronto)
- Upper Canada Railway Society Newsletter (Toronto)
Mostly, only the feature or main articles are shown below. In addition, each issue also contains equipment roster and other rail company news, CTC decisions, abandonment reports, miscellaneous items, society news and activities, publication reviews and so forth. Unfortunately, these may appear in various locations by different contributors under different titles in each Issue, so that a careful search may be required.
These newsletters specialized in Canada LRT and TTC news and notes.
It is planned to produce a more-detailed by-topic index in due course.
Bulletin 37 - Four Whistles to Wood-Up, Stories of the Northern Railway of Canada, by Dr. Frank N. Walker
Bulletin 39 - The Centenary of the Buffalo, Brantford & Goderich Railway, by Dr. Frank N. Walker
Bulletin 50 - Sir Adam Beck and the Hydro Radial Proposals, by John F. Due
Bulletin 56 - The Toronto, Grey & Bruce Railway 1863 - 1884, by Thomas F. McIlwraith
212 1963 Sep ACR - Steamtown roster - Lindsay Bobcaygeon & Pontypool Ry - CNR CPR TTC news
246 1966 Jul CNR news and aband. - CP "Dominion" - general and equipment news - CNR #74 - railway photography - Traction topics
251 1966 Dec CN Turbo - CPR wreck Pickering - Equipment and general notes - CN diesel excursion - expo67 express - Montreal Metro - Traction topics
264 1967 Jan (partial) The Confederation Train
278 1969 Mar Steam's Final Years on the Stratford Division - Car 13
290 1970 Feb-Mar General news and comment - equipment news - National Transportation Act - CN winter timetables - Edmonton LRT - Traction Topics
294 1970 Jul Railway news and comment - CP's summer timetable - Toronto Belt Line - passenger train news - photos - equipment notes - Traction topics
297 1970 Oct LNER Flying Scotsman and visit to Toronto
300 1971 Jan Railway news and comment - fighting snow - passenger train news - rapid transit news - Traction topics
301 1971 Feb Rly news and comment - CP electrification? - passenger train news - Whitby CNR station - TH&B #103 - equipment notes - Traction topics
304 1971 May Railway news and comment - passenger train news - Hamilton Street Railway
306 1971 Jul retirement CNR #6218 - railway news and comment - equipment notes - passenger train news
311 1971 Dec Railway news and comment - passenger train news - BC Hydro's new SD 38 - Port Whitby & Port Perry Railway - decline Cdn passenger train
354-355 1975 Jul-Aug Switzerland - reprint of Bulletin 39 - UCRS trip Budds to Barrie - Traction Topics
1977 Aug Newsletter Informer UCRS news and advice re trips
1977 Sep Newsletter Informer Unity train - TTC Spadina subway cars - UCRS news and advice re trips
Rail & Transit
1976 Volume 1 Numbers 1 - 6?
1977 Volume 2 Numbers 1 - 6?
R&T 2-4 1977 Jul-Aug All Photo Issue
1978 Volume 3 Numbers 1 - 6?
1979 Volume 4 Numbers 1 - 6
R&T 4-1 1979 Jan-Feb
R&T 4-2 1979 Mar-Apr
R&T 4-3 1979 May-Jun missing
R&T 4-4 1979 Jul-Aug
R&T 4-5 1979 Sep-Oct
R&T 4-6 1979 Nov-Dec
Newsletter from 1980 onwards
363 Jan Introductory statement - Obituary Andrew Merrilees - GO Transit Hamilton - Buffalo Light Rail
364 Feb Bramport Terminal - expansion Union TTC station - Prairie grain transportation - financial aid Montreal transit
365 Mar Scarboro LRT - CP Rail dieselization past and present Pt I - CNR Wiarton Sub abandonment - TH&B loco #71
366 Apr Future of WP&Yukon - Vancouver LRT - CP Rail dieselization past and present Pt II - TTC pass and Subway extensions - GO Transit plans
367 May 20th anniversary of 1960 tripleheader excursion - Edmonton Vancouver and Buffalo LRT news - Caledonia, Ont. wye
368 Jun Royal Hudson 2857 Farewell - CP Rail dieselization past and present Pt III - Farewell Cannonball Express (Port Hope 1951)
369 Jul Calgary LRT - CN and CP Notes - TTC Russell substation - TTC Boston tests - CTC Notes
370 Aug GTW and DT&I - Motive Power & Equipment news - CN notes - TTC CLRV notes - CPR battery car #9002 - VIA Rail equipment notes
371 Sep GO Milton line - Edmonton and Calgary LRT - National Railway Historical Society Convention Toronto - CN #6060 - VIA railiners
372 Oct VIA Halifax-Yarmouth service - 1201 excursions to Wakefield - West Coast notes - TTC news including demolition of North Yonge terminal
373 Nov BCR news - VIA and ONR news - CP rebuild program - CN motive power and gouging GO - TTC news and San Francisco cars
374 Dec TTC subway extensions - motive power and equipment news - operating news - CNR #86 - Vancouver trolleys
375 Jan GO Willowbrook maintenance depot - CTC Haliburton Sub - Vancouver LRT - GTW-DT&I merger - International Ltd - TTC notes - railway news
376 Feb Vancouver transit - Cantrak - CNR #50560 - Calgary and Edmonton LRT - VIA western trip report - CNR #86 - CTC report - TTC news and roster
377 Mar CPR centenary - Transport 2000 - CNR Palmerston Div - transit news - Golden Age Pt I - Toronto memories - GO news TTR - operating/TTC news
378 Apr CN motive power - rly news - Golden Age Pt II - Florida rlys - CN Forest Sub - TTC trolleys - motive power news - ORA tourist rly Meaford Sub
379 May General, roster, and VIA GO THB notes - Nephton branch - CP Rail change out unit (RCU) - TTC magnetic tickets - TTC notes - TH&B farewell
380 Jun TH&B last run - SW Ontario notes - BC news - "Maple Leaf" train - CN derailment Paris West - Scarboro LRT
381 Jul Scarboro LRT - T2000 Ottawa train proposal - - Sault area news - Kirkfield Mackenzie home - Nfld Ry Centenary - Calgary LRT - VIA and other notes
382 Aug Toronto Suburban Ry - CN Brampton Intermodal tml - CPR Toronto West stn - TTC news - GO equpt notes - VIA notes - Operating notes (Nickle)
383 Sep Pepin VIA cuts - Ont task force rail policy - Edmonton LRT - VIA LRCs - TTC news - trolleys Mississauga? - Toronto next LRT? - Nfld Ry first lines
385 Nov missing
391 May missing
392 Jun missing
394 Aug missing
407 Sep missing
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