Ontario Northland Railway ... some scenes

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Ontario Northland Railway ... some scenes
Posted by Miningman on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:30 PM

This photo begs for comedy.., "Ahh, guys, we've gone 40 miles in the wrong direction"  Please feel free to add your own caption.

1300 in 1950's scene unknown location.

My old town of Cobalt! Spent 3 years there 71-74 , little did I know I would return for a year in 2008

ONR 113 (North Bay to Englehart freight) is running late allowing for this photo as it passes the old Right-of-Way silver mine during mid morning in Cobalt, ON. ONR GP38-2's # 1800, 1805 & 1808 along with SD40-2 1733. July 26, 1989

The Northlander begins its northbound journey on ONR rails after coming off the CN Newmarket Sub at this junction. FP7Am powered European TEE trainset. Note the location sign for Staffend which is mile 0.6 in the ONR Employee Timetable. ONR yard and shops are just behind and to the right of where the photographer is standing.


1507-1305-1511

1507-1305-1511 with freight westbound at Sunnyside (Toronto) in last stretch of its long journey running through from 
North Bay to Mimico yard. TTC Roncesvalles Division car barns in right background. St.Joseph's hospital at far left. 
October 1964 Bill Thomson 

 

The Polar Bear is still with us and the last ONR passenger service available.

T&NO 1000 with trailers 1001 and 1002. This motor train handled the Cochrane-Porquis service for many years. It was created in 1939 by rebuilding a 1924 Ottawa Car Brill model 206 73 foot, 77 seat 250 hp Westinghouse 52 ton car into an all-headend car with a 250hp Cummins. The lightweight short trailer cars were converted from battery-electric cars built by CC&F in 1924. Combine 1001 had 44 seats while coach 1002 had 52 seats. 

1519 leads an RS-3 and another FP7A in the new "progressive" paint scheme on the 
Polar Bear Express 

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Posted by SD70Dude on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:58 PM

"It's only a SMALL dent, think they'll notice!?"

Greetings from Alberta

-an Articulate Malcontent

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Posted by Miningman on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 11:02 PM

"A flat? Whaddya mean a flat? 

Love that Cobalt picture.. the photographer is on a bridge. I crossed  that bridge everyday walking my dog. At the end of the bridge on the left side of this photo is blacksmith Fred Larose's cabin, exactly the way it was the day he scared away a fox by throwing his hammer, which hit the outcrop revealing pure silver, setting off a claims rush into the richest silver mining camp ever in the history of the world. 

The Right of Way Mine in the photo is still there, or at least its Headframe. Cages, skips and underground loci's with their ore cars are strewn about on surface in a somewhat organized fashion. 

A statue of Fred Larose and the fox are nearby in town. 

Oh we'll sing a little song of Cobalt

If you don't live there it's your fault

Where all the silver comes from

And you live a life and then some. 

Cobalt you're the best damn town I know

.... The Cobalt Song, best done with 20 or so Mining students after 3 beers in a bar, preferably The Miners Home Tavern in Cobalt.  

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Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 8:04 PM

"When Jesse lets one rip the cab clears out real fast"

Few railroads are as poorly understood or known about than the Ontario Northland, formerly called the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario, especially with our American cousins. It went as far West as Hearst and Kapuskasing, South to North Bay, North to James Bay on Hudsons Bay at Moosonee, East to Rouyn-Noranda. This is an enourmous area the size of Texas. It served the important mining areas of Kirkland Lake, Timmins ( home of Shania Twain), Cobalt, Noranda, Temagami and many other small operations. Major pulp and paper and logging operations throughout the system and a large Agricultural area in New Liskeard up to Engelhard. These agricultural areas were the reason the railroad was built in the first place to bring farmers production to market. When silver was discovered in Cobalt it set off a prospecting rush throughout the North that uncovered vast rich resources of Gold, Nickel, Copper, Iron Ore all of which are still producing today. 

That T&NO gas electric is one classy looking passenger train.

The name was changed to Ontario Northland after WWII because the reporting marks T&NO frequently wound up with cars being routed from, and to, the Texas and New Orleans thousands of miles away, which probably was not too amusing during the war. 

 

 

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Posted by Deggesty on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 8:14 PM

Yes, Mining Man, some railroad names could cause confusion. There was a Mississippi Central in Mississiippi, which could have been confused with the Michigan Central, but it had the reporting mark MSC

It is well that the Georgia Northern did not take the names of its two end towns--Boston and Albany.

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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, September 02, 2018 12:11 PM

Red number boards. I think this was pretty rare anywhere. Early paint scheme .. looks pretty good to me.

1308 (1304-1311 one order 8 units) RS-3 MLW 76116 11/1951

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, September 02, 2018 4:52 PM

A caption for that RS-3 photo?

"Waddaya mean you locked the keys in the cab?"

Or...

"I have the jumper cables?  I thought you had the jumper cables!"

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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, September 02, 2018 7:52 PM

Keep those joke captions rolling in ...thanks Firelock

I doubt if the white band on the RS2 would hold up very well. Also wonder if the red number board was put in to match the red lettering on the white band, or if there was more to it than that?

Anyone know if red numbers boards were tried elsewhere?

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