Sydney & Louisbourg Railway

Sydney & Louisburg Railway
circa 1910-1968
Cape Breton, NS
The S& L Railway was a product of the Dominion Coal Company which operated many of the coal mines on Cape Breton at the turn of the 20th Century.

Getting coal from the coal fields to the steel mill in Sydney and to ships docked at Louisbourg was the primary business of the S&L, but it also carried passenger cars and in 1913 carried 173,000 passengers.

Prior to WWI with the boom of coal mining on the island, the S&L actually carried the distinction of being the busiest stretch of rail in Canada for freight.

The S&L was one of the last railways in North America to run all of it's engines on coal and didn't begin to dieselize until 1960.

Although the railway went through several reorganizations during the 60's and operated into the 70's, the last rail car left Louisbourg in 1968.

The station at Louisbourg still stands, and is open to the public as a museum run by the Sydney & Louisbourg Railway Historical Society.
The S& L Railway was a product of the Dominion Coal Company which operated many of the coal mines on Cape Breton at the turn of the 20th Century.
Getting coal from the coal fields to the steel mill in Sydney and to ships docked at Louisbourg was the primary business of the S&L, but it also carried passenger cars and in 1913 carried 173,000 passengers.
Prior to WWI with the boom of coal mining on the island, the S&L actually carried the distinction of being the busiest stretch of rail in Canada for freight.
The S&L was one of the last railways in North America to run all of it's engines on coal and didn't begin to dieselize until 1960.
Although the railway went through several reorganizations during the 60's and operated into the 70's, the last rail car left Louisbourg in 1968.
The station at Louisbourg still stands, and is open to the public as a museum run by the Sydney & Louisbourg Railway Historical Society.The S& L Railway was a product of the Dominion Coal Company which operated many of the coal mines on Cape Breton at the turn of the 20th Century.
Getting coal from the coal fields to the steel mill in Sydney and to ships docked at Louisbourg was the primary business of the S&L, but it also carried passenger cars and in 1913 carried 173,000 passengers.
Prior to WWI with the boom of coal mining on the island, the S&L actually carried the distinction of being the busiest stretch of rail in Canada for freight.
The S&L was one of the last railways in North America to run all of it's engines on coal and didn't begin to dieselize until 1960.
Although the railway went through several reorganizations during the 60's and operated into the 70's, the last rail car left Louisbourg in 1968.
The station at Louisbourg still stands, and is open to the public as a museum run by the Sydney & Louisbourg Railway Historical Society.The S& L Railway was a product of the Dominion Coal Company which operated many of the coal mines on Cape Breton at the turn of the 20th Century.
Getting coal from the coal fields to the steel mill in Sydney and to ships docked at Louisbourg was the primary business of the S&L, but it also carried passenger cars and in 1913 carried 173,000 passengers.
Prior to WWI with the boom of coal mining on the island, the S&L actually carried the distinction of being the busiest stretch of rail in Canada for freight.
The S&L was one of the last railways in North America to run all of it's engines on coal and didn't begin to dieselize until 1960.
Although the railway went through several reorganizations during the 60's and operated into the 70's, the last rail car left Louisbourg in 1968.
The station at Louisbourg still stands, and is open to the public as a museum run by the Sydney & Louisbourg Railway Historical Society.
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