Canadian Pacific

by John Hinson

Cartierville tower
Photograph 1932, from the collection of Dr J W F Scrimgeour

This extraordinary tower was to be found in the northern suburbs of Montreal, where the Boulevard Gouin crossed the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

The only access to the tower seems to be from a ladder that enters the building through the floor. A large bell is fitted on the outside of the tower, which was presumably rung when the electrically operated barriers were about to be lowered.

The signpost in the foreground is interesting. One board reads RAILWAY CROSSING, whilst the other reads TRAVERSE DU CHEMIN DE FER - reflecting the French language spoken in this area.

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