Tuesday, January 30, 2007

CNR shops..

I started with the CNR in 1956 as a messenger in the car side. Bid quite a few jobs there..back shop..electric shop..Turcot Rdhouse..and diesel shop..all as timekeeper. Ended up at HQ as senior timekeeper.Quit there on Dec 1969, had enuff of the bull.
Thirteen years of my life ..SRB 713372
My dad worked in the back shop as a  pipe fitters helper, till steam was killed off then he worked in the maintence shop. Then had a job in CNR stationery store where he retired from.
Nothing   as great as hearing the bells and see a steam locomotive being moved over head with the cranes..powerful..good memories they were, or watching locomotives at Turcot in the roundhouse.(Mr. Horseman)


mom1945-linda MSN said...

beeaired ~~ I wonder if you may have known my father, Bob Noble, as he worked at all the places you mentioned.  I recall him mentioning a Cliff (?) Horseman.  Boy I loved it when my dad took us to the Turcot roundhouse.  Gorgeous machines that's for sure.   Cheers.

beeaired MSN said...

Bob Noble rings a bell, but cant say why. what did he do in the CNR?

mom1945-linda MSN said...

beeaired,   Ya really got me there.  I seem to remember him as a 'carman'.  Eventually, I guess around 1970 or so, he went to work for the AAR (American Association of Railroads) where he used to go wherever they had a derailment to check for explosive cargo (or something like that).   Any of this sound familiar.

beeaired MSN said...

A carman in the CNR was a carpenter who would install the new floors in the box cars..not a trade for the outside...about  it..

arbutus MSN said...

My Dad Bill Mace was a Carman at The Point Shops he died Feb. 1960 - 54 y/o.... Seems to me it  was a very tough job - hard work - I remember him talking about having to crawl into tank cars to do some of the work. He was still employed by CNR up until he died. I was 14 y/o when he died. Feb. 20 1960 was certainly a date forever etched in my mind. Anyway talk of Carman made me curious so I looked up the definition by - Human Resources and Skills Developement Cananda   7314 Railway Carmen/women
Railway carmen/women inspect, troubleshoot, maintain and repair structural and mechanical components of railway freight, passenger and urban transit rail cars. They are employed by railway transport companies and urban transit systems.

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Railway carmen/women perform some or all of the following duties: Inspect interior and exterior components of freight, passenger and urban transit rail cars to determine defects and extent of wear and damage Repair and install railway car parts such as compressors, air valves, bearings, couplings, air cylinders and piping Repair and maintain electrical and electronic controls for propulsion and braking systems Repair defective or damaged metal and wood components, using hand and power tools Repair and repaint wooden fixtures Replace damaged windows and repair upholstery Test and adjust parts using testing gauges and other test equipment Perform and document routine maintenance.Employment requirements

Completion of secondary school is usually required. Completion of an internal company apprenticeship program or three to four years of on-the-job training are usually required.Additional information
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mom1945-linda MSN said...

beeaired & Gary,   I just remembered that he also was a car inspector.  As well, he worked up at Cote de Liesse.  Always worked 4-12 PM shift.   Cheers.

johnmelinvin2 MSN said...

i think half of verdun fathers worked at CNR..my father worked there for 41 years or so..worked loading trucks mainly at turcot yards and another yard , could be Bonadventure ??. I remember him coming home so tired everynight, after supper he would fall asleep readin the mtl star..He had  nine children..

beeaired MSN said...

Ahem..nine kids..omg.

beeaired MSN said...

Forgot to mention, was the first clerk to work at the Diesel shop Cote de liesse, hard place to get into from the 2-20. I also started the bowling league there..

the lad MSN said...

Hi   I worked at Turcot as well. The roundhouse was gone by then.I see you worked at Stationary Stores as well. I almost go in there but stayed in the Point. Worked all over the stores. Did you work with Frank D. at Stationary. He must been there when you were there. I also did work at Diesel Shop but in stores before moving over to shop. I remember walking out one day and seeing the last Steam Engine coming in.6060. Climbed on board when it was in.Now that was something. The guy I was with decided to see how loud the whistle would be so pulled the cord...man did we haul out of there after that... Funny you talk about all the b.s.  I still hear that one today from the guys there.. Guess nothing changes..   Lad

winnie3ave MSN said...

Nine kids. No wonder he was tired. Obviouslly not from the hard work alone. The things we men have to go thru, to keep our women happy!!!!   Yes I know. It is our (the men) cross to bear...but you know what???? Someone has to do it.
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beeaired MSN said...

Nope was me dad worked at stationery stores.

the lad MSN said...

Right must have read too fast.   Lad

johnmelinvin2 MSN said...

ha ha...think it was the thing in those days have
lots and lots of kids.Especially in Quebec..Seven
sisters , got the hair brush to me many times

happydi2 MSN said...

My husband's uncle, Roger Bernard worked at the Turcot Yards for years until he retired about 15 years ago.   Dianne