Christmas 1922 is here and finds us all healthy and happy, as healthy as humanly possible in these later days of the professional “cure-all,” and as happy as any normal man has ever been since the advent of prohibition. The physical aspects of the town have undergone a decided improvement during the past year. Old unsightly sheds have given way to smooth lawns and well-painted dwellings. The tracks in the yard have finally been lifted and levelled, and no longer merit that painful epithet ̶ ” the track, it’s like a camel’s back.” The roundhouse1 has been equipped with electric lights and is being lined inside, making it much warmer and, consequently, more easily heated. During the last year the new coal chute2 has been put in operation and has given good service. Coming down to the human standpoint, there are those who may seriously dispute it, but I nevertheless contend that the Canadian National Forces here have made an appreciable step toward business efficiency and economy during 1922. There have been dark moments and blunders, it’s true, but, speaking broadly, progress has been made; and, given necessary encouragement, will continue to be made during the coming year.
During 1923, we have a few pet schemes to carry out. We hope to see the inauguration of electric lights and water in the depot, with facilities on the main line for watering cars of stock, etc. The shop staff hope to have cinder pits installed for the better hostling of locomotives. It would be splendid for the company to build a few good houses ̶ the present ones are inadequate and too cold in winter ̶ and rent them to employees. A more stable class of citizens would thus be encouraged to make this their home. In the sports field, we intend to improve the baseball diamond, and build tennis courts. These are only a few of the things we wish to do, or would like to see done. Even a part of the program accomplished, will mean good progress.
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Our school teacher, Mr. McKenna. bas resigned, but the position will be filled shortly.
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Mr. P. Bohan, Miss Beatrice Bohan were in Edmonton; Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Canfield, and Mr. Frank Lee, in Foleyet; and Mr. “Wilf” Smith in Port Arthur, for the Christmas holidays.
We are glad to hear of Mr. Napier’s recovery from his recent illness.
01 “Cinders are what was left in the ash pits when steam locomotives dumped their ash pans at the end of a run. From there they usually went into company service gondolas to be used wherever a rather poor quality non-organic fill material would be appropriate – including ballast on secondary tracks and spurs.” Source: Cinders or Ballast? – Model Railroader Magazine – Model Railroading, Model Trains, Reviews, Track Plans, and Forums
02 “To hostle – to move a locomotive or locomotives within the confines of a service facility, to spot for service/maintenance or to move to a ready track after service/maintenance.
The over-the-road engine crew was off-duty as soon as the train arrived at its destination. Getting the newly-arrived locomotives moved from the train to the fuel rack (or coaling station/water crane/ash pit) and then to the outbound ready track was, and is, the job of the hostler.” Source: hostling locomotive – Trains Magazine – Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms
06a View of Jellicoe CNR roundhouse in 1940s. Photo Bruce Franklin Collection.
06b The water tower and coal tower at Jellicoe. View looking north from the tracks in 1961. Photo Robert Wanner Collection.