Picturing the Past

A Train Journey through the Ottawa Valley Using the Mattingly Image Collection

Pembroke to Golden Lake



After the departure of the train for Ottawa, the Pembroke train is turned on the wye at Golden Lake, ready for the return to Pembroke. A wye is an arrangement of three tracks set out in the form of a triangle. The train enters one “leg,” then backs along the second leg, and on to the third. In this way the locomotive or train can be turned in preparation for its return journey. Note the station has two bay windows for the operator to see the trains approaching, one for each line.