“The Spirit of Windsor” steam engine is this week’s Throwback Thursday Pic. The engine is a Pacific 4-6-2, build in 1911 by the Montreal Locomotive Works for the Grand Truck Railway as their engine No. 5588. The engine was retire in 1961 by the Canadian National Railway. On May 6, 1965 at a celebration on the riverfront, the engine was dedicated as the “Spirit of Windsor”. Behind the steam engine is one of CN’s river barges that transported freight cars between Windsor and Detroit. CN’s riverfront rail yards where still active when this photograph was taken sometime in the late 1980s. The rail yards were closed in the early 1990s and the property transferred from CN to the city to be transformed into parkland for the enjoyment of everyone. If you would like to view other historic photographs of Windsor, please visit the library’s digital exhibits page “Windsor’s History and Pictures” at

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