Upper Canada Railway Society (UCRS) and its publications

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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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

Copyright notice:
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.)

Subject Index
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.

Bulletins:

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

Newsletter pre-1976

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

1980
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

1981

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
384 Oct
385 Nov missing
386 Dec  

1982

387 Jan
388 Feb
389 Mar
390 Apr
391 May missing
392 Jun missing
393 Jul
394 Aug missing
395 Sep
396 Oct
397 Nov
398 Dec

1983

399 Jan
400 Feb
401 Mar
402 Apr
403 May
404 Jun
405 Jul
406 Aug
407 Sep missing
408 Oct
409 Nov
410 Dec

1984

411 Jan
412 Feb
413 Mar
414 Apr
415 May
416 Jun
417 Jul
418 Aug
419 Sep
420 Oct
421 Nov
422 Dec

1985

423 Jan
424 Feb
425 Mar
426 Apr
427 May
428 Jun
429 Jul
430 Aug
431 Sep
432 Oct
433 Nov
434 Dec

1986

435 Jan
436 Feb
437 Mar
438 Apr
439 May
440 Jun
441 Jul
442 Aug
443 Sep
444 Oct
445 Nov
446 Dec

1987

447 Jan
448 Feb
449 Mar
450 Apr
451 May
452 Jun
453 Jul
454 Aug
455 Sep
456 Oct
457 Nov
458 Dec

1988

459 Jan
460 Feb
461 Mar
462 Apr
463 May
464 Jun
465 Jul
466 Aug
467 Sep
468 Oct
469 Nov
470 Dec

1989

471 Jan
472 Feb
473 Mar
474 Apr
475 May
476 Jun
477 Jul
478 Aug
479 Sep
480 Oct
481 Nov
482 Dec

1990

483 Jan
484 Feb
485 Mar
486 Apr
487 May
488 Jun
489 Jul
490 Aug
491 Sep
492 Oct
493 Nov
494 Dec

1991

495 Jan
496 Feb
497 Mar
498 Apr
499 May
500 Jun
501 Jul
502 Aug
503 Sep
504 Oct
505 Nov
506 Dec

1992

507 Jan
508 Feb
509 Mar
510 Apr
511 May
512 Jun
513 Jul
514 Aug

RAIL & TRANSIT

515 Sep
516 Oct
517 Nov-Dec

1993

518 Jan
519 Feb
520 Mar
521 Apr
522 May
523 Jun
524 Jul
525 Aug
526 Sep
527 Oct
528 Nov
529 Dec

1994

530 Jan
531 Feb-Mar
532 Apr
533 May
534 Jun
535 Jul
536 Aug
537 Sep
538 Oct
539 Nov
540 Dec

1995

541 Jan
542 Feb
543 Mar-Apr
544 May
545Jun
546 Jul
547 Aug
548 Sep
549 Oct
550 Nov
551 Dec

1996

552 Jan-Feb
553 Mar
554 Apr
555 May-Jun
556 Jul
557 Aug
558 Sep-Oct
559 Nov-Dec

1997

560 Jan
561 Feb
562 Mar
563 Apr
564 May
565 Jun-Jul
566 Aug
567 Sep-Oct

1997-1998

568 "Winter-Spring"
569 Jul
570 Aug 

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