“W” Whistle post makes final “whistle stop”

Whistle posts along the railways reminded steam locomotive engineers on the Grand Trunk Railway, the Toronto Hamilton and Buffalo Railway, Hamilton and Northwestern Railway, Canadian National Railway, and the Hamilton Radial Electric Railway lines to sound the whistle at upcoming road crossings and other mileposts.  Given the frequency of rail traffic through Burlington Junction in the early Twentieth Century (typically, more than 40 trains a day), there must have been an almost continuous cacaphony for the locals. And when the last of them faded into history, a bit of nostalgia, too.

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Through the generosity of a local Burlington family, one of these Whistle posts has just arrived at its new resting place at 1285 Fairview Street – home of the Burlington Junction Station.  Thanks to all who participated in retrieving it and bringing it to the Freeman Station... where, from time to time, one may hear – just faintly – a hint of the past!

Some background on Whistle posts can be read at


Video by Kevin Davies; photography by Bob Chambers, Bob Miller, Nikki Wesley, John Mellow, Joel Waterman, Denny Williams, Alan Harrington, Al Pettman and others (by permission)