Evening Ritual (Except Sat & Sun)
18" x 24", Acrylic on Canvas, 2005
Steve Bradley Collection

Text written by Steve Bradley

Port Union was a 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CNR Station located on the then Oshawa Subdivision of the CNR
Toronto-Montreal mainline. Located 16 miles east of Toronto, the stations Express needs were served by Daily
Except Sat and Sun Train Number 9, which made pretty well all stops between Belleville and Toronto.

My family lived about 1/2 mile east of the station, and it was an easy walk along the tracks to the station.  At
age 14, the Agent offered me my first railroad job.  Monday to Friday, I would open the station and load the
Express on # 9 when it made it's arrival at 7:37 pm.  With my
love of railroading, I then had the best job in the world!

Depicted in this painting is that daily ritual of the hoggers friendly wave as he gets ready to look back at the
Expressman leaning out and ready to spot the Express car near the baggage cart, and me waiting to spring into
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