Trainspotting – 1942
Geoffrey Baker was an avid train enthusiast. An British air force pilot and flight instructor, Baker was stationed at Mount Hope Airport. Finding the Hamilton area a fine place for trainspotting, he took a number of photographs of trains and meticulously identified the trains as much as possible, and in some cases identified where he took the pictures.
Above is a map drawn by Baker – it shows the Y Junction where the line from the west branched off into Hamilton or to Toronto. A number plus a letter were used to identify where the pictures were taken. Baker’s captions are placed below the images.
“A. I.W. “6400″ Class Engine. To Windsor. Passenger Train. Engineer, seeing me taking pictures, signed me to wait & take one of next train. (see B)” [Bayview Junction. Northern Class. Streamlined]
“1. W. “6400″ Class Streamliner by Rock Gardens. Hamilton, Ont. To Windsor.”
“2. W. “6400″ Class C.N.R.”
“2. W. “6400″ Class C.N.R. train on its way to Winsor [sic] Ont. C.”
Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.