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October 6, 2015

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St. Marys Paper Co. (formerly Abitibi Paper), Sault Ste. Marie
Mill 1992 overhead view of the paper mill from the International Highway Bridge. Compare to 2000 view of plant below. Note gondolas with end racks for moving pulpwood within the mill, and paper boxcars seems to be mostly WC. Sault Ste. Marie 1992 Nell VanderHeide
Mill
Mill
Mill
Three overhead views, taken from the International Highway Bridge, which crosses above the paper company property. Sault Ste. Marie 2000 Chris VanderHeide
Office
Main Entrance
St. Marys Paper Co. office building. The main plant is to the right in the first photo. Sault Ste. Marie 2000 Chris VanderHeide
Mill View of the mill from across the power canal. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
Mill
Mill
Mill
Mill
Several recent images of the paper mill, under demolition. The surviving original sandstone structures appear to be deliberately preserved, but the rest of the mill has almost completely been torn down in these views. Sault Ste. Marie 2013 Chris VanderHeide
Switcher GE 80-tonner, switching cars at the paper mill. Sault Ste. Marie Feb 2001 Blair Smith
Switcher
Switcher
The paper company's switcher is this yellow General Electric 80-ton locomotive. Here it is sitting beside the paper mill, near where the finished paper is loaded into boxcars for shipment to the states. Sault Ste. Marie 2000 Chris VanderHeide
Switcher Another switcher owned by St Marys Paper. Model is probably a GE 60-tonner. Sault Ste Marie 2003 Brian Switzer
Algoma Steel Co., Sault Ste. Marie/Steelton
Algoma Steel is the Algoma Central's main shipping customer, and it has been in existance as long as the railway. Both the steel mill and the railway were established by the Lake Superior Co. in 1899 to exploit large discoveries of iron ore near Wawa. As mining operations grew, a diagonal shaft from the works was built to haul the ore directly to the sinter plant at Wawa. The sintered ore is then shipped by rail to the mills in the Sault. Finished steel is shipped from Sault Ste. Marie across the ACR to interchanges with the CPR and CN.
Steel Mill This page gives a good overview of the Algoma steel plant, mostly taken from the International Highway Bridge. All photos taken in 2000. Chris VanderHeide
Steel Mill Portion of the steel mill as viewed from the ACR's shops. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Basic Oxygen Furnace
Basic Oxygen Furnace
Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) building at Algoma Steel. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
Coke Plant
Coke Plant
Coke plant at Algoma Steel. The BOF is just to the left in these photos. In the second photo, the entire coke facility is almost obscured by steam, as hot coke out of the ovens is quenched with water for cooling. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
ASC 31 General Electric 80-ton switcher. Shown here parked in the steel plant, near the sheet steel warehouse. Sault Ste. Marie 2000 Chris VanderHeide
ASC 42
ASC 42
General Electric 80-ton switcher. Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney
ASC 50
ASC 50
ASC 50
SW8 Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
ASC 51 SW900 Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
ASC 51 SW900 - One of Algoma Steel's switcher's working cars at the coil (sheet) steel warehouse. This unit is a GMD SW1200 with a unique low-clearance roof. Sault Ste. Marie 2000 Chris VanderHeide
ASC 51 SW900 Sault Ste. Marie 2013 Chris vanderHeide
ASC 52 SW1200RS - ex-CN. Switching interchange cars from CN (Algoma Central). Steelton Yard 2004 Chris VanderHeide
ASCX 114
ASCX 122
ASCX 124
ASCX 128
Algoma Steel owned gondolas at the tube mill. These gondolas are former Algoma Central cars. These cars are for internal plant service, and it is unlikely that they ever leave Algoma Steel's property. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
TD 42 Algoma Steel flatcar at the tube mill, with strange markings. Possibly the TD marks stand for "Tube Division". This car likely never leaves Algoma Steel Property. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
Hot Metal Cars A string of hot metal "bottle" or "torpedo" cars, used for moving molten steel between furnaces. Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney
ASC 1166 Home-built covered gondola. (Scale test car?) Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney
Scale Test Car Unique scale test car. Sault Ste. Marie Feb 2001 Blair Smith
Scale Test Car Unique scale test car. Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney
ESAX 010
ESAX 025
Bulkhead Flatcar - new (acquired in 2014) bulkhead flatcars owned by Essar Steel Algoma, in the Huron Central yard at Sault Ste. Marie Sault Ste. Marie 2015 Chris vanderHeide
ESAX 038
ESAX 038
ESAX 038
Bulkhead Flatcar - new (acquired in 2014) bulkhead flatcars owned by Essar Steel Algoma, on CP at White River White River, ON 2015 Chris vanderHeide
Besse Forest Products/Columbia Forest Products, Sault Ste. Marie
Loading Yard
Signs
Pulpwood loading yard set up on ACR property next to the now vacant ACR car shops. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
BFPX 1010 Pulpwood flatcar. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
BFPX 1121 Pulpwood flatcar. Milton, ON. 2004 Chris VanderHeide
BFPX 1122 Pulpwood flatcar. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
BFPX 1131 Pulpwood flatcar. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
Algoma Steel, Welded Beam Division, Sault Ste. Marie

The welded beam shop was just north of the main yard. Formerly known as Dominion Bridge, it was later purchased by Algoma Steel.
The yard was built in the form of a H with one leg running out to the main line (Map). Crews from the ACR yard would run up to switch the plant.

There were several sets of 3 car units made up of a 48 ft. gon with a 40ft. flat at either end with a large frame built on the middle car to hold a 70 to 80 ft. slab of flat steel which was then cut and welded to order. Some was shipped out by truck but mostly by rail due to the size of the finished product.
The frame on these cars were made up of 4 parallel 10"x10" I-beams with 10" channel welded at each end. This frame was welded to the middle car, supported on 10" I-beams so as to allow the ends clearance over the 2 flats. The cars were all old ACR equipment.

Mill West end of mill building, seen from intersection of Conmee Ave. and Huron St. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Mill
Mill
Mill
Mill
Mill
Mill
Mill
Mill building, photos going from north-west side/end to east end. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Ryan Willobee
Mill East end of mill building. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Crane Overhead travelling crane at west end of building. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Ryan Willobee
Crane Overhead travelling crane at east end of building. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Ryan Willobee
Crane Overhead travelling crane at east end of building. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Yard Track layout behind the beam mill. Taken from underneath the west overhead crane. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Ryan Willobee
Spur The spur at right leads to the welded beam mill. This view looks north along the Algoma Central main line. Ahead is Manitoulin Transport. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Ryan Willobee
AC 3903 - B
AC 3903 - C
These unique 3-unit cars were put together from old Algoma Central equipment. The cars are provided by the ACR, and carry AC marks, but are in dedicated service for Algoma Steel and Dominion Bridge, carrying raw steel plate and slab from the Algoma Steel main mill, to the Welded Beam Mill.
The middle car is an ex 3501-3850 series 48' gondola, the B-end flatcar is an ex 2300-2373 series flatcar, with the end racks cut down, and the A-end flatcar is an ex-2200-2250 series 40' flatcar.
Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
AC 3907
AC 3907 - A
AC 3907 - B
AC 3907 - C
These unique 3-unit cars were put together from old Algoma Central equipment. The cars are provided by the ACR, and carry AC marks, but are in dedicated service for Algoma Steel and Dominion Bridge, carrying raw steel plate and slab from the Algoma Steel main mill, to the Welded Beam Mill.
The middle car is an ex 3501-3850 series 48' gondola, the B-end flatcar is an ex 2300-2373 series flatcar, with the end racks cut down, and the A-end flatcar is an ex-2200-2250 series 40' flatcar.
Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
AC 3908 - A
AC 3908 - A
These unique 3-unit cars were put together from old Algoma Central equipment. The cars are provided by the ACR, and carry AC marks, but are in dedicated service for Algoma Steel and Dominion Bridge, carrying raw steel plate and slab from the Algoma Steel main mill, to the Welded Beam Mill.
The middle car is an ex 3501-3850 series 48' gondola, the B-end flatcar is an ex 2300-2373 series flatcar, with the end racks cut down, and the A-end flatcar is an ex-2200-2250 series 40' flatcar.
Sault Ste. Marie Aug 1997 Blair Smith
Manitoulin Transport, Sault Ste. Marie
Warehouse -
North
East
South
NorthWest
Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
Switch Main switch off the main, looking south. Curved track at pair of switches heading away from photographer heads to the Welded Beam mill. The track closest to the main is a switching lead; the switcher can back into the lead in order to push cars into the beam mill. This switching lead dead-ends next to the Manitoulin warehouse (see above). Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
View 1
View 2
View 3
View 4
View 5
Panoramic sequence, from the switch off the main to the warehouse. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
Lyons Building Supplies, Sault Ste. Marie
Cement Plant Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
Domtar Lumber Co., Sault Ste. Marie
Lumber Mill
Lumber Mill
Lumber Mill
Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide

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