The next “You Asked” will be posted in mid-August.
Name: James Tyson
Comment: I’m hoping that you might be able to shed some light on a ‘historical’ mystery.
There is the remains of a large concrete structure just above the tracks on the Bruce trail between Brock and Sydenham, resembling a series of hoppers on an angle, or part of an aqueduct system. It appears to be about 80 years old. So far I have not been able to determine what function it actually served, if it was part of something larger now decommissioned (there is evidence of an iron structure that has been oxy cut), or who built it.
Any help on this matter would be appreciated.
I paraphrased Phil’s initial response
Phil Lomax has replied to the website, concerning your question but first he wants to verify that you are both referring to the same site. I have enclosed two photos that he has sent. Is this the site? He will elaborate once it is confirmed that you are both talking about the same place?
Phil’s second response (before Jim could reply)
I had a railroad photographer here yesterday afternoon and mentioned the enquiry about the structure near the tracks. Arnold (the photographer) thought you might be referring to a hopper near the bottom of the incline, so I am sending this “link” so you can better identify whether it is the hopper or the screen house, to which you are referring. – both are shown in this link’s photos. If it is the hopper, then I need some time to specifically find out about its history and application.
Jim clicked on the link viewed the photographs and emailed this response.
Oh wow! This picture actually makes things quite a bit clearer. It indeed was the hopper that I was referring to, its relationship to the RR wasn’t clear with the upper set of tracks and inclined spur now entirely missing.
Interestingly, I now owe my girlfriend an apology – as we were walking along the trail where the spur is in the photo, there were buried RR ties visible. She suggested that that part of the trail had been a rail line, but I told her that it was far too steep to have been. Clearly I was mistaken.
Thank you very much for the photo, and for taking the time to reply.
Final comments from Phil
We appreciate you getting back to us, mentioning the steep incline railway portion which is operated by a winch and cable. I shall enquire further about the hopper and provide that information. I have attached a further link to another photograph.
Thank you for your interest in the DVHS and we hope to meet you personally,
Web administrator’s note: Philip Lomax is the author of a history of the railroad in Dundas entitled, “Life on the Copetown Hill”
Recently, I watched a Murdoch Mysteries’ episode entitled, “A Murdog Mystery”, I thought that I recognized the front and back porch of Mount Fairview, which is on South Street, here in Dundas. I had visited Mount Fairview when it was on the Christmas House Tour a few years ago.
Am I correct? Do you know of any other episodes that included scenes of Dundas?
A Regarding your first question, you are correct. The episode clearly shows the front and the back of the house. (I believe that the view with the grand columns originally was the front of the house.)
front view as filmed for “A Murdog Mystery”
back view as filmed for “A Murdog Mystery”
To your second question……..
……..The Devil Wore Whalebone was filmed at the Heirloom Bridal Shoppe on King Street.
The episode, Murdoch Takes Manhattan includes a sequence of Constable Higgins considering the purchase of an automobile. This was filmed on Melville Street.
Murdoch Mysteries filmed one scene in Grove Cemetery. I believe that this was the one shown in Confederate Gold. However, Dundas is not mentioned in the location credits.
Viewers. Are you aware of any other Murdoch Mystery sequences filmed in Dundas?
If so, please reply using the anonymous “Have Your Say” page.
To see the houses as they actually were in 1885, I refer you to this website’s Historic Homes page
Dave MacDougall – web administrator
Q My house was built in 1908. I was telling my neighbour that some of the brickwork needs repointing. He says that if it is necessary to repoint, I should not use modern Portland cement mortar. He says I should use a lime based mortar. Does he know what he is talking about?
A Actually, he does. Portland cement mortars were introduced early in the twentieth century. The common and popular grades of these cement mortars which contain little or no lime, are dense, hard and inflexible. They are appropriate for modern bricks which are hard fired and contain very little water.
However, Victorian era bricks were not hard fired.These bricks, which contain about 25% water, have a hard crust and a softer centre.
Moisture cannot escape through this Portland cement mortar, so it is forced out through the face of the Victorian bricks. Eventually, the faces of the bricks will fall off. This activity is referred to as spalling.
When these Victorian bricks expand in the summer heat, the Portland cement mortar does not compress, so once again, the bricks spall.
Portland cement comes in five grades, M, S, N, O, K, with M being the hardest and K being the weakest.