October 27, 2021: Thank you to Rotary and Sun Life Insurance
Andy Kooistra met with representatives of Rotary and Sun Life Insurance to acknowledge a gift presented this summer in support of the Bridge the Gap campaign.
On the left is Sun Life representative Brent McKay, McKay Insurance. Brent received corporate recognition for his many and varied professional and community achievements and was consequently given the honour of choosing charities that would receive support from the fund that accompanied his award.
Brent chose to make a contribution to The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise with the intention that the funds would be passed on to the Bridge the Gap project. On hand was Louise Schebesch, President of Sunrise Rotary, to congratulate Brent and thank him and Sun Life for the support.
The Shadow Lake Group sincerely thanks Brent, SunLife and Rotary Norfolk Sunrise for helping bring our goal to fruition.
Waterford’s rail history
During the golden age of rail in the first decades of the 20th century, Waterford was the junction point of three railroads. An intricate intersection of switches and track alignments allowed trains to transfer from one rail line to another to head in a different direction. Trains could even be turned around to travel the opposite direction on the same line.
Viewed from the north, the intersection appears as a “Y” shape with bridges on both arms spanning the Waterford Ponds. These bridges were removed in the 1990s when the rail beds were dismantled.
The “East Gap” as it became known, requires a bridge to complete the Shadow Lake Trail loop.
Above: a steam train approaches from the north heading towards the “East Gap” bridge to the right of the photograph. Note the lack of vegetation between the arms of the “Y” in this undated photograph.
Above: a steam train crosses the “East Gap” bridge in this undated photograph. Note how the vegetation has changed.
Above: this undated hand-drawn depiction of the Waterford junction shows the location and number of tracks and sidings, structures and some geographic features. Note: North is to the right.