This railway line has run through Almonte - across the river and on to North Bay Ontario - since 1860. At one time it was part of Canadian Pacific's Trans Canada rail network. Since CP decided to stop using it for freight service a couple of years ago it's been mostly idle.
Today I heard a few train whistles on the line as service trains ran through Almonte again. That's bad news as CP is now ripping up the tracks further up the Ottawa Valley and using the line to haul the rails away to Montreal. So it looks as if after 150 years this historic railway line will soon be gone.
The problem is that as any sort of commuter line it's really a trip to nowhere. It connects a bunch of small towns running north and west through the Valley and there hasn't been passenger service on it for close to 50 years. It doesn't go into Ottawa, and besides another line that actually did do just that was already ripped out 20 years ago. So much for green commuting I guess.
The one good thing that may happen is that the old right of way may be preserved as a bike/hiking/snowmobile trail over the many picturesque bridges and trestles in our part of the country. Otherwise it seems like a tragedy to destroy so much local history.