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Elmira in Kings County, Prince Edward Island — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Elmira

The End of the Line / La Fin de la Ligne Ferroviaire

 
 
Elmira Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2019
1. Elmira Marker
Inscription.  
English:
The Elmira Branch of the P.E.I. Railway opened for business on 26 October 1912, one of the last expansions of rail service in the province. The terminus at Elmira was similar to other "ends," with an engine house and freight shed in addition to the substantial station. A wye, which still exists, was built on the south side of the branch to facilitate reversing the train.

One train missed the daily protocol. On a snowy evening in the winter of 1931, around 7:50 pm, a new driver was at the throttle of the regular train to Elmira from Souris. Electric lights had not reached the area and visibility was poor. The train ran through the bumper at the end of the track and crossed the clay road. Brakes were on and with a great deal of friction and noise the train came to a halt in a snow bank in front of a barn on the opposite side. It stayed upright and no one was injured. Children from the north side of the district were delighted the next morning to be escorted through the train to get to school.

With over 400 km of paths, Prince Edward Island’s Confederation Trail is a wonderful way to explore our
Marker detail: The Last Mail Car / Le dernier wagon postal image. Click for full size.
By Geoff Murray
2. Marker detail: The Last Mail Car / Le dernier wagon postal
beautiful Island.

Français:
Le tronçon d'Elmira du chemin de fer insulaire, qui constitue une des dernières expansions du service ferroviaire de la province, a ouvert le 26 octobre 1912. Le terminus d'Elmira était similaire à celui des autres terminus de fin de ligne. Il comprenait une rotonde et un hangar à marchandises en plus d'une gare de taille importante. Un triangle de retournement, qui existe encore, a été construit du côté sud du tronçon pour faciliter le virage du train.

Un jour, un train a raté le protocole quotidien. Durant l'hiver de 1931, par une soirée enneigée, vers 19 h 50, un nouveau conducteur était aux commandes du train régulier circulant entre Elmira et Souris. Il n'y avait pas encore de lumières électriques, et la visibilité était mauvaise. Le train a franchi la butée à la fin de la voie ferrée et a traversé la route d'argile. Les freins étaient engagés et, avec beaucoup de friction et de bruit, le train a fini par s'arrêter dans un banc de neige en face d'une grange du côté opposé. Le train est demeuré debout, et personne n'a été blessé. Le lendemain matin, les enfants du côté nord du district étaient ravis d'être escortés dans le train pour se rendre à l'école.

Le Sentier de la Confédération est composé de plus de 400 km de pistes cyclables qui vous mèneront d'un bout à l'autre de la province.
 
Erected by
Marker detail: The End of the Line / Le bout de la ligne image. Click for full size.
By Geoff Murray
3. Marker detail: The End of the Line / Le bout de la ligne
Prince Edward Island Museum & Heritage, Trans Canada Trail and Confederation Trail.
 
Location. 46° 26.393′ N, 62° 3.987′ W. Marker is in Elmira, Prince Edward Island, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from Elmira Road 1.6 kilometers south of Northside Road (Prince Edward Island Route 16), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located along the Confederation Trail, about 100 yards west of Elmira Road, near the Elmira Railway Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 457 Elmira Road, Elmira, Prince Edward Island C0A 1K0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elmira Railway Museum / Musée ferroviaire d’Elmira (here, next to this marker); East Point (here, next to this marker); The Original Fog Alarm Building (approx. 7.4 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .  Construction of the PEI Railway. The railway was a major employer and further benefited the province by cutting overland transportation costs, thus opening up the interior for development. It was an important link between communities, not only for locals but also for an increasing number of tourists. The PEIR was heavily utilized during the Second World War but then saw declining use as cars became more common, and passenger trains on the island ceased in 1968.
Elmira Marker • <i>wide view<br>(Elmira Railway Museum in left background)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2019
4. Elmira Marker • wide view
(Elmira Railway Museum in left background)
Freight operations too gave way to trucks and in 1989, the system was abandoned. Equipment was removed and the infrastructure was dismantled in the early 1990s. In 1994, the railway lands were turned over to the province and, over the next decade, its Rails to Trails program resurrected the rail bed as a recreational pathway dubbed the Confederation Trail. (Submitted on October 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Elmira Marker • <i>wide view looking south<br>(Confederation Trail in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 16, 2019
5. Elmira Marker • wide view looking south
(Confederation Trail in background)
At the center of three related markers at this location.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 17, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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