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Clippings of the K & P Railroad Kick and Push –Buchanan Scrapbooks

Clippings of the K & P Railroad Kick and Push –Buchanan Scrapbooks

Snow Road Village got its name from John Snow the man who did the survey for the old Snow Road, which began at Belfours Bridge and went through to Vennacher.

The K&P railroad had the first train into Snow Road in 1883. In 1913 the Canadian Pacific Railroad took over this line and in May 1915 they closed some of the stations making them flag stations, Snow Road being one of these. John A. Geddes was appointed caretaker/agent of the station at that time and continued as such until the station was closed in Feb. 1963. Snow Road was a busy spot during the 1920’s and 30’s, pulp wood was being shipped by farmers from as far away as Watsons Corners. It was common to see as many as 50 or more teams coming in hauling pulp wood and various other types of wood. The wood was loaded and shipped out on the K&P. Maple syrup was another large export, every spring this syrup could be seen piled as high as the ceiling in the freight shed and the balance on the platform outside. There was more syrup shipped from Snow Road then anywhere else in the dominion of Canada. Clarendon and Miller Archives
Bruce Osborne

The Old K&P Railway Jig was composed by Bruce Osborne in January, 2017. When I was a wee lad, my father used to take me over to Sharbot Lake Ontario, get a ticket for me and then put me on the K&P train for a trip to my uncle’s home in Harrowsmith Ontario for a visit there. Here is a link to an article about the K & P Railway by Susanna McLeod writing in The Kingston Whig-Standard. news paper. Link below — http://www.thewhig.com/2013/06/25/mon…

The Kick and Push Railway


The Kingston and Pembroke Railway (K & P) was a Canadian railway that operated in eastern Ontario. The railway was seen as a business opportunity by business people in Kingston, Pembroke, Montreal and New York. It would support the lumber (especially pine lumber which was in high demand across Canada and the United States) and mining industries, as well as the agricultural economy in eastern Ontario.

Incorporated in 1871, the K&P was intended to run from Kingston to Pembroke. By 1884, approximately 180 km of mainline and sidings had been laid, reaching Renfrew where it ceased after 12 years of construction. The K & P never did reach Pembroke. On January 1, 1913, the K & P Railroad officially became part of the CPR. The line was gradually abandoned beginning in the 1950s, with the last operating section from Kingston to Tichborne closing in 1986. The K & P is affectionately remembered as the Kick and Push railroad.

In the 1880s the Kingston and Pembroke railway completed its last leg. The K & P ran three trains daily but only the day train went as far as Renfrew. Altogether within the 24 hour period there were many passenger trains daily on the mainline, as well as the freight trains.

The K & P coming northward from Robertsville stopped at many of the little villages along the way such as: Mississippi, Clarendon, Snow Road, Wilbur, Lavant etc.

The Kingston and Pembroke railway was nicknamed “The Kick and Push’ because the railway twisted through the rugged Frontenac Hills and the old steam engine had little chance to display its full power.

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here.

Ronald HodgsonA lot of history captured here in this photo from 2014.
KandP Kingston and Pembroke train crossing at Calabogie

The K & P Railroad..-From Lanark & District Museum
The K & P Railroad..-From Lanark & District Museum
Flower Station

The K & P Railroad..-From Lanark & District Museum

There is a small engine house at Renfrew that was built to service the K. & P. locomotives. This railway did not manage to build beyond Renfrew, and eventually became part of the Canadian Pacific Railway. In this photograph, taken in August 1953, steam locomotives Nos. 5328 and 1003 are in the yard beside the engine house. Have you read about K & P? The Kick and Push Town of Folger-The Kick and Push Town of Folger

Memories of the old K&P
Once the Kingston and Pembroke Railway
by Robert Curry

All photographs the author’s collection. read more here…click

The Lanark County “Carpetbaggers”–Lanark Electric Railway

The Lanark County “Carpetbaggers”–Lanark Electric Railway


In 1892 a scheme was proposed to build the Lanark County Electric Railway Company Perth, Lanark, Oliver’s Ferry, Smith’s Falls, Carleton Place, Almonte. Outside companies could help finance the venture and own a part of it. Riley and Wendler were the Americans from New York proposing the venture and locals included: Alexander H. Edwards and James Fowler from Carleton Place. In 1896 talks fell dead and as the Perth Courier said,“the whole scheme had a faraway look to it”. ..

Alexander H. Edwards 

Mayor of Carleton Place – 1897 – Lumber Manufacturer.

In 1898 and much back and forth it was defeated and Mr. Fowler formerly of Carleton Place and now of Arnprior was promoting a million dollar beet root project for sugar– and by the looks of the clipping below–water plants.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal09 May 1898, MonPage 7


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal30 Aug 1897, MonPage 8

Carleton Place 1897


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal30 Aug 1897, MonPage 8


May 7, 1898-Mr. Jas. Fowler, the promoter of an electric railway in this county now proposes to run it from Lanark Village to Smith’s Falls via Oliver’s Ferry and Perth. He wants the corporation of Perth to give a cash bonus of $10,000 or to purchase $25,000 first mortgage 5 per cent. 20-year bonds.

May 28,1898-The promoters of the Lanark County Electric Railway are again on the warpath. They want $10,000 each from Lanark, Perth and Smith’s Falls, and promise the people of the latter .place a belt line in their town.

April 12, 1898 – Ground breaking for the County of Lanark Electric Railway was accomplished by Mr. James Doyle, of Perth, and the ground was broken on his farm at Armstrong’s Corners, near Perth.  He used his road grader for the purpose, and turned up the sod for about two acres along the proposed route.  The object was to save the company’s charter, although little else was achieved, and the line was never opened to traffic.

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Clipped from– Local Railway Newspaper Items.. the complete rise and fall is documented here. December 8,1898

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Related reading:

So Which William Built the Carleton Place Railway Bridge?

The trial of W. H. S. Simpson the Railway Mail Clerk

The Titanic of a Railway Disaster — Dr. Allan McLellan of Carleton Place

Did You Know About These Local Train Wrecks?

The Glen Tay Train Wrecks of Lanark County

55 years ago–One of the Most Tragic Accidents in the History of Almonte

The Kick and Push Town of Folger

Train Accident? Five Bucks and a Free Lunch in Carleton Place Should Settle it

The Glen Tay Train Wrecks of Lanark County

The Men That Road the Rails

Tragedy and Suffering in Lanark County-Trains and Cellar Stairs

The Mystery Streets of Carleton Place– Where was the First Train Station?

Memories of When Rail was King- Carleton Place

Linda’s Dreadful Dark Tales – When Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling — Our Haunted Heritage

I was Born a Boxcar Child- Tales of the Railroad


Debbie Dixon and The CPR Bridge Incident in Carleton Place–Linda’s Mailbag





Yesterday I got this email:

I am/was Debbie Dixon. My married name is Barrie and I go by Deborah Elaine Barrie now. I am a writer and an activist who helped bring in a ban or phase-out on cca treated wood in over thirty countries.
I was very surprised to learn of your article:

What Happened on the CPR Railway Bridge?


While some of the details ( files were from newspaper (Ottawa Journal) archives) are certainly correct, I did not break my leg but I had several injuries some of which I have never recovered from.

I had a concussion and a fractured skull and two chips knocked from my spine. I also had two broken bones in my right arm and a brachial plexus injury in my right arm/shoulder which cost me most of the use of the upperarm and all of the use of my forearm and hand. It never grew after that date and my cousin who found this article named it Tiny to which my family still fondly refers to it. The injury to the arm went on to save my life but that is another story being written about in my biography.
My sister, Karen, did only receive a scratch and a bruise. Karen had her shoe caught in the tracks that day. I was ahead of her and Maureen was ahead of me. When the train came I went back and freed Karen’s foot and pushed her off the bridge. I froze and did not jump.
Maureen happily did escape uninjured. I still remember her screams as she ran and jumped to safety.
I am married to a retired CP railroad engineer but he was not one when we married. What do you think Freud would say about that? The story of the train accident has been written many times including a piece in the National Enquirer but I have never seen it written with the facts straight yet. The Enquirer wrote it with my arm going to recover. I am not sure where your research came from ( Ottawa Journal)  but likely from one or more of the incorrect articles so I thought you might like to hear from me.
Thanks for taking an interest in our story. Of course there is much more to the story including why we were there. Karen and I had never been there before.
Take care and please keep safe.