Photo by Barry Wallace
Several times over the last two weeks I've noticed railway track maintenance vehicles at work on each side of Dufferin Street, just north of the new King's Ridge Marketplace development. I'm fascinated to see what appear to be normal street vehicles turn onto the tracks, at the crossing, lower steel wheels onto the train tracks and head off to do track maintenance. Even at 74 years of age, I find stuff like this makes me feel like a wide-eyed kid again. I remember back in the 1950s, putting pennies on the railway track at the railway crossing in the middle of the village and collecting the flattened coinage after the trains had passed...pretty exciting stuff!
Photo by Barry WallaceHere's a photo (above) from a couple of years ago of another one of those vehicles that could drive on roads, as well as ride the rails. The photo was taken at the Dufferin Street crossing also. Meanwhile, below, is a photo from the King Township Historical Society of a bicycle adapted to ride the rails of the Schomberg & Aurora Railroad in the early 1900s.
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