2023 TSG Photo CallThe BRS Publications Committee is looking for recent (last two years) photographs for the outer and inner covers of the 2023 edition of the Canadian Trackside Guide ®.

Preference for the outside front cover is a striking colour slide or high-resolution digital image (tif or jpeg format) of a current “Canadian locomotive or train in a vertical format”, or a horizontal image that would, with cropping, lend to a vertical format measuring 5-1/2 x 8-1/2”. Preference for the inside covers and the back cover is for horizontal images of current Canadian locomotives or railway equipment.

At a minimum, please include locomotive type, equipment number(s), date and place of the photo, and any other information relevant to the subject matter.

Photographic categories are:

  1. Class 1 Locomotives
  2. Industrial and Shortline Locomotives
  3. VIA Rail Locomotives and Passenger Equipment
  4. Traction/Preserved Equipment
  5. Work Equipment

Please submit entries no later than December 16, 2022, by one of two methods

  1. By Mail: “Cover Contest”, Bytown Railway Society, PO Box 47076, Ottawa Ontario, K1B 5P9. Please submit digital images on a CD or USB flash drive, or
  2. By email: to tsg at bytownrailwaysociety dot ca .  Please indicate "Cover Photos" in the email Subject line.

There is a limit of 25 entries per contributor. Ensure all entries are identified with: category, location, date, photographer's name, as well as the name and address of the sender. Please indicate if we may retain unused images for potential use in Branchline magazine. Upon request, submitted materials will be returned. If you submit any image with suggested cropping, please also include the unaltered original.

2021 TSG


The 2022 edition of the Canadian Trackside Guide® is the Bytown Railway Society’s 40th edition

Edited by Earl Roberts & David Stremes

Thank you for your business in supporting our annual publication!

Please visit our Canadian Trackside Guide page to order previous year copies available at reduced prices or locate dealers that may still have inventory.

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 Picture of OS Don Book CoverNOW SHIPPING!

“OS Don” is the story of author John F. Mellow’s early years working for the Canadian Pacific Railway in southern Ontario, giving readers a 1960s front row seat as the Canadian railway industry transitioned from traditional Morse-code telegraphy and train-orders to the present age of computer-assisted operations.

Mellow’s career as a train-order operator began at Toronto’s Don station in 1963. Before recalling his own experiences there and elsewhere on the CPR, he presents the history of Don station and its role in the operations of steam and diesel era CPR and CNR trains through Toronto’s scenic Don Valley.

A hardcover book measuring 8-1/2” x 11”, it has 128 pages with more than 160 colour and black and white photographs, as well as maps, steam locomotive assignments and a glossary.

A publication of The Bytown Railway Society.

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We've acquired some classic books that you may want to consider adding to your collection. Here are the latest additions:

  • "Great Railroad Photographs U.S.A" by Lucius Beebe & Charles Clegg.
  • "The Central Pacific & The Southern Pacific Railroads” by Lucius Beebe.
  • “Mansions on Rails – The folklore of the Private Railway Car” by Lucius Beebe.
  • “Some Classic Trains” by Arthur D. Dubin

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