PHOTOS: Old pictures of trains in Stittsville

A few weeks ago there were some popular posts on Facebook group of old trains running through Stittsville — here’s a few of them.

The above photo is one I’ve seen quite a bit over the past few years. It was apparently taken in 1973. Here is a composite I made around 2015 of that image with what the area looks like these days…

Unfortunately the Bradley’s General Store in the background is no longer there — burned down a few years ago.

This photo was taken on July 19, 1965 by Bill Linley, who says: “My friend, Bruce Chapman of Ottawa is the relief agent who is ‘hooping’ train orders to the train. He was a new CPR employee and worked in Stittsville for two weeks that summer relieving the regular agent.”
This photo was said to be taken in 1921. Stittville or Stittsville? (Unknown photographer)
Date not known. (Unknown photographer)

Stittsville Canadian

The Canadian

For your reading pleasure, here’s an account of the last train trip that ran through Stittsville — in 1990.


8 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Old pictures of trains in Stittsville”

  1. Imagine if those tracks had remained in place and you could take the train in to Ottawa and back like in ‘the good old days’ instead of having to wait how many years for the LRT to appear! The route was certainly more direct than the LRT is ever going to be. It was very short-sighted of them to take up the tracks.
    Does anyone remember what it cost to ride the train in to town?

    1. All the politicians that have parks, arenas, and streets named after them should be renamed for their short sightedness. I took OC Transpo downtown for the first time and it was the ride from hell.

    2. they never removed the tracks. they just buried them in gravel. as a kid i would go to the lookout with a shovel to “excavate” the tracks. got some nice railroad nails, and saw the actall tracks still there!

  2. The engine in the first picture, Locomotive 1057, is now in Tottenham with the South Simcoe Railway. It hasn’t been operational since about 2007 because it needs maintenance the SSR can’t afford. You can see it in action in 2003 at: and
    There’s a 2013 picture of it at:

  3. What a thrill!
    I remember my mother Edna Craig taking my brother Daryl and I to the Stittsville station where Craig Hobbs was busy tapping out morse code. The train picked us up and we ended at the Union Station across from the Chateau Laurier Hotel. We would walk under Rideau street in the tunnel and swim in the Hotel swimming pool.
    Always enjoyed watching the train go through Stittsville.

  4. I used to bike to those tracks from behind fringe wood to see the trains go by. It was fun until this dumb kid named Donnie would start throwing rocks at the train. Stupid Donnie

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