Six months ago today the Northlander passenger train service was terminated. Definitely not one of the prouder moments in the history of Ontario. Four days prior to the last revenue runs I ... (more)
CN 451 hits a small snowbank deposited by the road plow earlier in the morning as it crosses North Lancelot Road, approaching the mileboard to Martins.
Back under way after making a drop at Huntsville Yard 451 pulls out from under the Highway 11 overpass and heads for North Bay. The trailing engine is GP9 4132, the power for the Hunstville Roadsw... (more)
CN 595 leans into the bend approaching Old Muskoka Road, kicking up powder from a small dumping of snow the previous day.
CN 595 returning from Longford Mills at the Mile 144 marker of the CN Newmarket Sub on the shore of Lake Vernon just south of Huntsville.
Yesterday it couldn't decide whether to drizzle rain or snow. It finally settled on snow in the early evening which continued off and on until the time of this photo, the resulting wet stuff stick... (more)
Yesterday it couldn't decide whether to drizzle rain or snow. It finally settled on snow in the early evening, which has continued off and on until now, the resulting wet stuff sticking to the tre... (more)
CN 4132 works the south end of Huntsville Yard, preparing to make one of 595's twice-weekly return trips to Longford Mills.
CN 4132 peeks through an opening in the snow-covered trees while working the south end of Huntsville Yard.
The snow clearing crew heads south from Huntsville on the Newmarket Sub, clearing grade crossings down the line. The snow fighter has plow blades at one end and a Railroad: Canadian National RailwayLocomotive: Snow fighterLocation: Huntsville, Ontario, CanadaLocomotive #: CN 62587Train ID: UnknownPhoto Date: February 11, 2013
CN 2565 trailing GTW SD40-2 5930 leads a tardy , normally nocturnal 450 down the Newmarket Sub just before 8 AM. Catching a daylight 450 is not super rare, but rare enough that it comes as a welco... (more)
451 rounds the bend approaching North Lancelot Road as light snow continues to fall.
With CN 595 with the GP9 4132 working in the background the snow fighter does its stuff in the foreground as the Foreman in charge of the snow clearing operations seemingly floats above the main ... (more)
Looks almost like a posed shot, but in reality it's just two jobs juggling position on the same chunk of real estate. The snow fighter has pulled off the back track at Martins to allow 4132 in so ... (more)
After getting stuck behind this very long 451 at both the Domtar Road and Aspdin Road crossings on either side of Martins I had only a couple of miles to get ahead of him, which I finally did here... (more)
The Polar Bear Express creeps over the Store Creek Bridge as it departs for Cochrane on a blackfly-season (err... summer) day in Moosonee.
451 negotiates the S-curve on the south shore of Lake Vernon at Mile 144 of the CN Newmarket Sub, just south of Huntsville.
Today's 451 has a freshly-painted Dash 9 leading a grimy Dash 8 cowl unit, approaching Domtar Road and the south switch at Martins at Mile 141 on the Newmarket Sub.
CN 595 heading south to Martins with its usual Monday morning consist of 2 boxcars for the Panolam plant. Nice to see 4136 back where it's spent so much time over the past decade, temporarily fill... (more)
With 595 out of its way having ducked in the hole at Martins, 450 is back up to track speed southbound approaching Old Muskoka Road, just north of the CN Newmarket Sub Mile 138 marker.
CN 595 approaching the north switch at Martins with its usual Monday morning consist of 2 boxcars for the Panolam plant. Nice to see 4136 back where it's spent so much time over the past decade, t... (more)
CN 451 rolls across the south end of Siding Lake, approaching the south switch at Martins at Mile 141 of the Newmarket Sub, as more snow clouds start to move in from the west.
595 heads home to Huntsville from Martins with an icy fog layer hanging above the frozen surface of Lake Vernon.
Southbound CP led by an SD90 slows to meet a northbound at Craighurst.
After dropping 6 cylindrical hoppers at the KWH Pipe plant at the north end of Huntsville Yard 4132 backs up to get back on the main so they can head back into the yard to finish up the switching ... (more)
The power for 451 rolls along the main past Huntsville Station to drop a cut of cars having left the remainder of its trin on the far side of Highway 11 (angled bridge in right of frame) in order ... (more)
In Better Days: With just a month remaining before the discontinuation of the Northlander passenger rail service, 1809 passes along the eastern shore of the appropriately-named Siding Lake,... (more)
Having returned fom this morning's run to Martins, 595 is about to do some switching in the yard. 4132's aged and grime-embedded paint job almost looks half-decent here in the cold winter sun!
4132 shoves 6 boxcars up the hill to the Panolam plant on this wintery "doomsday".
4132 prepares to push 6 boxcars up the hill to the Panolam plant on this wintery "doomsday".
CN 595 hits the big curve at Utterson the day after a small dumping of snow took the "blah" out of the scenery.
If April is the cruelest month, Novermber surely must be a close second and therefore it tries harder! Cold, damp and lifeless, a purgatory between fall and winter it inflicts its depressing bruti... (more)
Stopped by Oakville Yard after attending Remembrance Day ceremony at the George's Square cenotaph downtown. Caught 4116 doing some work with 4791 sitting a bit further back in the yard. Part of th... (more)
It's been over a month since the Last Ride of the Northlander. Having left one car in Gravenhurst that morning we rode the last northbound to Huntsville and returned in the afternoon on thi... (more)
A crew member takes advantage of a 75 degree October day as CN 595 trundles slowly through Foreman McIntosh's limits approaching Martins, where the finishing touches on the Aspdin Road grade cross... (more)
A touch of fall color still clings to the trees as 595 heads south through Allensville on its way to Washago and Longford Mills.
Approaching Ford Drive, CN 553 transfers 18 cars from Clarkson to Oakville Yard.
My last shot of the South Simcoe steam operations on Canadian Thanksgiving Day catches 136 crossing the 7th Line south of Beeton, heading home to Tottenham on her 5th and final run of the day. 4 r... (more)
While the fall colors this far south were mildly disappointing this Canadian Thanksgiving Day we did find the odd spot, such as here on the northern outskirts of Tottenham, that had a bit of flash... (more)
Whistling for the 7th Line crossing on the return trip from Beeton to Tottenham.
A throwback to earlier times has a CP vintage "American" on ex-CN trackage about to cross under the CP Mactier Sub (behind the photographer) at 7th Line south of Beeton, Ontario. In its present re... (more)
South Simcoe Railway's gorgeous 4-4-0 Number 136 pushes an extra run up to Beeton at the 7th Line crossing.Thankfully the turnout on this Canadian Thanksgiving Day was much higher than anticipated... (more)
Today's 595, a "one car wonder" on return from Longford Mills, passes some of the colorful fall foliage that makes the Muskoka area a magnet for tourists from all over the world at this time of ye... (more)
Cue The Doors: This really IS The End! The final scheduled Northlander pulls into Huntsville Station with the freshly-washed 1809 gleaming in the sun on point duty. This morning dawned clou... (more)
On the second-last day of scheduled service the southbound Northlander is greeted at Utterson by several people, including a couple of guys from Germany and these two school kids taking the long w... (more)
The engineer flashes a peace sign as 698 passes a sign protestiing the divestment of Ontario Northland assets and the termination of the Northlander train service nine days from today.
4132 hauls a longer than normal 595 back to Huntsville past the Newmarket Sub Mile 144 marker. In addition to the usual two chemical tankers from Longford Mills there were about 20 gons and ballas... (more)
Engineman Wayne gives the usual greeting as he flies over the Old Muskoka Road crossing on Labor Day, 2012.
3&1/2 weeks until the plug gets pulled on the Northlander train service, unless a miracle happens in the meantime. Gotta get my shots while I still can! 1809 leads 697 into Huntsville Stati... (more)
James has managed to glom a ride in the left seat of 1800 and leans out to give me a big wave as they pass the Mile 144 marker on the CN Newmarket Sub, just south of Huntsville. Sadly, we will no ... (more)
ON 697 arrives at Huntsville Station 10 minutes off the advertised, but before they get to their next stop at South River they'll be back on schedule.
A lucky break in the clouds illuminates ONR 1802 as it passes a meadow of wildflowers alongside Aspdin Road at the CN Newmarket Sub Mile 144 marker. Northlander train service is scheduled to be di... (more)
In the midst of thunderstorms old Number 2 sits simmering on the turntable outside the train shed. Greg has just turned on the air compressor to pump up some air for the brakes. Upon attaining eno... (more)
698 flies around the bend at Utterson with 1809 up front. I'm standing where the station used to be, and the remnants of the passing track roadbed are still evident.
698 flies around the bend at Utterson with 1809 up front.
Alex our brakeman, one of the student employees, brought in an 8mm lens that just happened to hook up to my camera, so I had a bit of fun with it between runs. Here I have old #2 poised to run aro... (more)
698 rolls through Martins on a hot summer day.
A daylight CN 450 heads south through Allensville at Mile 138 of the Newmarket Sub.
Classic ONR 1805 is back on the rails and doing Northlander duties after a lenghty absence.
Today's Northlander thunders past some of the MofW equipment used to replace "pretty much all of the ties in the siding" here at Martins, Mile 141 CN Newmarket Sub according to the workers I spoke... (more)
1800 leads the Northlander by the location of a long-closed crossing at the back corner of one of my woodlots. The Stephenson Road 8 crossing was closed due to multiple fatal occurrences, mostly i... (more)
Slowing for the station stop 1809 leads the Northlander across the Muskoka River in Huntsville. The bridge work that has been going on since late winter is finally complete. The bridge was jacked ... (more)
CN 450 with 2520 and 5621 doin' it elephant-style approaches North Lancelot Road at Mile 140 CN Newmarket Sub. Check out 2520 peeling paint job, a plague with so many CN units. 450 has been leav... (more)
698 swoops down around the bend at Martins on a beautiful spring afternoon. In this view you can see the spur going off the back track and up the grade to the Panolam plant at the far left.
698 leans into just another curve on the twisty Newmarket Sub led by a sparkling clean 1809.
Zoom-pan of GO 218 leading an evening rush commuter-hauler westbound out of Oakville Station.
Doin' the wave! Engineman Sykes waves out his window at the photographer while an attractive young lady on a tractor waves at the train from the other side of the tracks. Nice to see 1809 back on ... (more)
A bit nicer day than when I shot this train yesterday! 595 normally runs south to Washago/Longford Mills on Tuesday... (more)
Late-season snow falls as 595 eases up to the south switch at Martins after a rare double meet that saw ONR 697 take the main northbound while this train plus CN 480 - a track geometry test train ... (more)
4132 is making good time with 25 empties in tow as CN 595 heads south through Allensville bound for Washago/Longford Mills.
A grimy 1809 leads its train past the swamp just north of Falkenburg.
Wishful Thinking! The sign on 1809's front railing says "Ontario Northland NOT for sale!". Today's 697 with 1802 in charge also bore the signs. A noble sentiment, and one that I wholehearte... (more)
ONR 698 southbound approaching South Lancelot Road in Allensville.
With 1809 reflecting off the small pond on the east side of the tracks just south of Martins, this photographer can't help but reflect upon the imminent demise of passenger service on this line. L... (more)
A school bus waits at the Old Muskoka Road crossing for the passage of 698, whose arrival fortuitously coincides with the sun deciding to peek though a hole in the clouds.
698 leans into the big curve at the site of the former whistle-stop and siding in Utterson.
An early morning freight (CN 370 running 8 hours late - info thanks to Brendan Frisina) coming off the Dundas Sub and onto the Oakville Sub at Bayview Junction crosses over the municipal boundary ... (more)
Southbound at Mile 144 of the CN Newmarket Sub on a chilly spring afternoon.
About all that's left of the whistle-stop at Utterson is a couple of orphaned hydro poles with empty meter sockets and the dirt path where the siding used to be. One has to wonder how long it will... (more)
Cue The Doors... This is the End
The Ontario Government announced earlier that it will be divesting Ontario Northland assets and cancelling the Northlander train service. This could spel... (more)
1809 leads 698 southbound approaching South Lancelot Road on an 80 degree spring afternoon.
Caught this guy approaching Mississauga Road while waiting for 422, which I'd caught earlier at Bayview, to come by.
One of the many freights that travel this end of the CN Oakville Sub, 422 slows to do some work at Aldershot before heading to Mac Yard. The soil base in this area below the Niagara Escarpment is ... (more)
With old man winter getting the boot by an early spring (at least for now) we've entered the "dead zone" where the remaining snow is the same dirty brown as the leafless deciduous trees. Once agai... (more)
A mis-matched pair of IC locomotives along with a CN SD75I lead today's 422 through CN Snake and into Aldershot, where they'll do a bit of work before continuing on to Mac Yard.
Backlit by the dawning sky a pair of geeps head back to the yard after picking up some loaded autoracks at the Ford plant.
Silhouetted by the rising sun a pair of geeps head up to the Ford loading facility to pick up some loaded autoracks..
The crews of 595 and a snow removal team join forces to free a frozen switch at the south end of Martins Siding.
CN 450 heads south through Allensville at Mile 138 of the CN Newmarket Sub as light power. He will be meeting ON 697 at Falkenburg in about 15 minutes.