Photo 5 of 8 in Pontiac Pacific Junction

PPJ #12 with Passenger Car 1409

Steve McKenzie's Album: Pontiac Pacific Junction

DESCRIPTION : My railroad is based on the Pontiac Pacific Junction Railway Company (PPJR) which was a historic Canadian railway that operated in the upper Ottawa River valley in west Quebec and northeastern Ontario, in Canada. The railway originally ran from Aylmer through Quyon, Shawville, Campbells Bay, Fort Coulonge, and Waltham to Pembroke, Ontario We often knew it by its nickname as the Push, Pull and Jerk and the " Poor People's Journey ". It is said that there were three classes of passengers: first class passengers stayed on the train, second class passengers walked, and third class passengers got out and helped push the train up the grades. Many of my family members worked and rode the PPJ even using it to get to school. The PPJ was taken over by Canadian Pacific in 1902 but in my version a major mineral find allows her to continue until the early 50s as a narrow gauge line.