The “Umbrella” and “Susan Push” found on King St to the west of the Visitor Centre at 10 King St E. are #4 on the Town of Gananoque’s self guided tour. The description there reads:
“Erected in 1880 and renovated over the years, the “Umbrella” (wooden shelter) served as the uptown stop for the Thousand Islands Railway. Engine 500 (a.k.a. the ‘Susan Push’) was built in the Grand Trunk Oshawa Railway Shops in the 1930’s and was one of the last engines to serve on the T.I.R.R.“ (Copies of the tour are available at the Gananoque and 1000 Island Visitor Centre, 10 King East.)
Some additional interesting facts about the Umbrella and Susan Push:
– The “Umbrella” and is preserved much as it was when built in 1883.
– The “Umbrella” once had a mailbox so mail posted after post office hours could still go out on the night train.
– “Susan Push” began service for 1000 Island Railway in March 1931.
– “Susan Push” sits on what was once a part of the 1000 Island Railway line.