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Action Shots
Wreck
Wreck
Wreck
Wreck
Wreck
Wreck
Wreck
Wreck
Wreck
Wreck
Wreck
Wreck
Wreck
Wreck
This series of shots shows the aftermath of an incident at Franz during the winter of 1964 involving the northbound passenger train and a southbound freight. Notice the "caboose" on the end of the passenger train; this is actually the AC's flanger #10120. The siding at Franz was later extended in 1966. Franz 1964 Steve Dent
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
Virtual railfanning! This long sequence of photos shows 4 of the ACR's 6 GP38-2s (consisted in sequential order: 205, 204, 203, 202) bringing a long train of pulpwood into Sault Ste. Marie. Sault Ste. Marie 1995 Morgan Turney
Switcher
Switcher
Switcher
An ACR SW8 shunts cars of logs in Steelton yard. Sault Ste. Marie 1995 Morgan Turney
Tour Train
Tour Train
Tour Train
Tour Train
Tour Train
The southbound Agawa Canyon Tour Train arriving in Steelton, with a trio of Fs on the head end. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
No. 2 The southbound regular passenger train arrives at Steelton. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Trestle The southbound Agawa Canyon Tour train crosses the scenic Bellevue Trestle. Bellevue 1996 Blair Smith
Tour Train
Tour Train
Tour Train
The northbound tour train passes the small lake just south of Frater station. Frater Aug 1996 Blair Smith
Tour Train
Tour Train
The tour train passes through the rock cut just north of Frater siding. Frater Aug 1996 Blair Smith
No. 2
No. 2
No. 2
Several shots of the regular train making its trip south. The station platform shot is at Hawk Junction. 2001 Richard Schivley
Excursion
Excursion
Excursion
Excursion
Excursion
5 shots of a speeder excursion on the ACR. First 4 at the yard in Sault Ste. Marie, 5th shot is at Agawa Canyon Park. Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney
CN 5735 CN SD75i 5735 and a sister with the Agawa Canyon Tour train at Canyon. After the CN takeover of WC, the ACR F-units were taken out of service and CN engines used for pulling the passenger trains. Canyon 2002 John Speakman
CN 9540 CN GP40-2L leads the regular ACR passenger train through Heyden. Heyden 2003 Brian Switzer
CN 9541 CN GP40-2L with the southbound passenger train, #2 at Hawk Junction. Hawk Junction 2003 Brian Switzer
Canyon Tour The southbound Agawa Canyon Tour Train twists its way uphill from the canyon. near Agawa Canyon 2004 Mark Becker
Passenger The northbound passenger train, led by WC GP7L-m 1508 (ex-AC 170) slows for a flagstop. Batchewana? 2004 Mark Becker
Passenger The regular passenger train, led by FP9 1755 passes Mile 92 near Montreal Falls. Mile 92 2004 Mark Becker
Passenger Loading canoes into the baggage car at Batchewana. Batchewana 2004 Mark Becker
Passenger Northbound regular passenger train near Northland led by CN GP40-2L 9549. Northland 2009 Brian Switzer
Tour Train Southbound Agawa Canyon Tour Train. The Rio Grande painted equipment was used on the "Ski Train" in Denver, CO, and was purchased by CN early in 2009 for use on the Algoma Central. Northland 2009 Brian Switzer
Tour Train
Tour Train
Tour Train
An 7-car (6 coaches, one diner) Agawa Canyon Tour Train returns to Sault Ste. Marie with CN 105 & 106. Sault Ste. Marie 2009 Brian Switzer
Freight Northbound freight switching at Hawk Junction yard. Hawk Junction 2009 Brendan Frisina
Passenger The southbound passenger train makes its station stop at Hawk Junction. Hawk Junction 2009 Brendan Frisina
Tour Train
Tour Train
Tour Train
Tour Train
An 8-car (7 coaches, one diner) Agawa Canyon Tour Train returns to Sault Ste. Marie. Sault Ste. Marie 2009 Brendan Frisina
Tour Train An 8-car (7 coaches, one diner) Agawa Canyon Tour Train unloads at Sault Ste. Marie. Sault Ste. Marie 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Passenger
Passenger
The southbound regular passenger train stops to pick up a group of canoers at Hawk Junction. Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Freight
Freight
Freight
Freight
The regular northbound freight over the line, CN L571, switches at Hawk Junction after meeting the southbound passenger train. Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Freight This SD40-2 and loaded pulpwood car were set off by the northbound freight before it continued north towards Hearst. Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Structures & Locations
Sault Ste. Marie / Steelton
Sault Ste. Marie The tour train has just returned to Sault Ste. Marie, and this view shows the current layout around the station. (Corner of station building is just barely visible at left.) Sault Ste. Marie Rob MacCleod
Sign
Sign
Large advertisement sign post beside the station, both sides. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Station
Station
This is the new Sault Ste Marie passenger station, constructed in the late 1960's. The first view shows the main entrance and waiting room side of the building. The track is just to the right of the spot from which the first photo was taken. The second view faces the baggage area of the station, and the track is in the background of the photo. Note at the far right, partially obscured by a corner of the Station Mall, the original ACR station and headquarters building. (This is now a bank) Sault Ste. Marie 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Station
Station
Detail
Detail
Detail
Sault Ste. Marie passenger station. First two detail photos are signs on either side of main entrance doors on the south side of the building. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Waiting Room Here is the interior of the Sault Ste Marie station, showing the waiting room. The ticket desk is visible in the photo, and the hall in the background leads to the washrooms. Off to the right is a gift shop. Sault Ste. Marie 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Baggage Room Sign This sign appears beside the door to the baggage room in ACR stations. This sign gives a sampling of some of the items the baggage handlers on trains 1&2 can expect. Sault Ste. Marie 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Parking Sign Sign on Gore St. directing tourists to parking for the tour train. (Looking north.) Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Gore St. Gore St. crossing. (Looking south.) Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Steelton Yard
Steelton Yard
Steelton yard, showing WC era steel and paper traffic. Taken from the Canyon Tour Train. Sault Ste. Marie 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Shop Facilities View of the Steelton shops facilities, looking towards the east. Left to right: main freight sorting yard, scale track, caboose storage track, sanding tower & engine house leads. Main building behind the cabooses and sand tower is the enginehouse, the turntable is actually enclosed inside the building. Building in background far right is the car shops. Top of diesel fuel tanks can be seen behind the cabooses. Steelton c1990s Morgan Turney
Shop Facilities Another view of the Algoma Central shops complex at Steelton. Main building at centre left is enginehouse and repair shop. Car shops is at far right. 2-story brick building between the engine and car shop buildings is the stores building. The bulkead gondola towards the left of this image is sitting on the ACR's weigh scale. To the left are the main yards at Steelton. Steelton 1996 Blair Smith
Track Scale WC gondola loaded with logs spotted on the track scale at Steelton, showing the rear of the scalehouse. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Track Scale Weigh scale track at Steelton yard. In the background can be seen the enginehouse and diesel fuel storage tanks. Caboose storage track is just behind the scale. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Diesel Tanks Fuel storage tanks at Steelton. Sault Ste. Marie 1993 Blair Smith
Diesel Tanks Fuel storage tanks at Steelton. Compare to the fuel tank and track scale photos above from several years earlier. Obvious in this photo are the two new tracks run through the northwest side of the enginehouse, and the new concrete containment berm around the fuel tanks. Sault Ste. Marie 2001 Blair Smith
Sand House Sand storage and drying shed at Steelton engine facilities. Sanding tower and approach tracks to the enginehouse are visible at right. Sault Ste. Marie 1993 Blair Smith
Sanding Tower
Sanding Tower
Sanding Tower Sanding Tower
Sand tower and diesel fueling stands at the Steelton servicing facilities. Sault Ste. Marie c1990s Morgan Turney
Sanding Tower Sand tower and serving tracks at the Steelton enginehouse. Sandhouse and diesel fuel tanks visible to the left. One of the ACR's home-built steam generator cars is parked on the track to the right. Sault Ste. Marie 1993 Blair Smith
Sanding Tower
Sanding Tower
Two more views of the sand tower and servicing tracks, with several Wisconsin Central SD45s standing ready for their next assignments. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Sanding Tower WC 5972, a former Santa Fe F45 parked on the service tracks at Steelton next to the sand tower and fuel stand. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
New Sand Tower New sanding tower installed by WC, built from an old covered hopper elevated on a massive steel frame. Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney
Service Tracks
Service Tracks
Camp Car 77 and private car Agawa appear to be receiving some light servicing next to the main engine service tracks at Steelton. The new sand tower is clearly visible in the background of the first photo. Sault Ste. Marie 2012 Wayne Trudeau
Engine Tracks Engine servicing tracks in front of the enginhouse. Note the concrete foundations from the old sanding tower. Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Steelton yard enginehouse and repair shop. (Front side) Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Track Speeders A track speeder and several trailers parked on some storage rails in front of the ACR enginehouse at Steelton yard. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
New car repair tracks running through north side of enginehouse. Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney
Enginehouse Main front entrance doors to turntable and enginehouse. Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Enginehouse - front entrance doors. First photo looks into one of the new car repair tracks on the north side of the building. Second photo shows the main entrance to the covered turntable. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Material Storage Various materials stored near the front of the enginehouse. The brick building in the background is the main ACR stores warehouse. The small metal building is probably some sort of workshop building. Sault Ste. Marie 2012 Wayne Trudeau
Enginehouse Steelton yard enginehouse and repair shop. (Rear, north side) Sault Ste. Marie 1993 Blair Smith
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Steelton yard enginehouse and repair shop. (Rear, north side). The smaller workshop structures shown in the 1993 photo above have been removed. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Spur Trackage behind the enginehouse and backshop including a short dead-end track beside the rear lead into the enginehouse. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Steelton yard enginehouse. (Rear, north side) Note alterations since earlier photographs, with new entry doors and tracks running through the building for light car repairs. Sault Ste. Marie 2001 Blair Smith
Enginehouse Steelton enginehouse and shop (Rear, north side) showing the new car repair tracks through the north side of the structure. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Enginehouse Steelton yard enginehouse and repair shop. (Rear, south side) Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Enginehouse Steelton enginehouse and shop (Rear, south side) Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Interior views of the Steelton enginehouse. Sault Ste. Marie 1992 Morgan Turney
Enginehouse Interior view of the Steelton (Sault Ste. Marie) enginehouse. Sault Ste. Marie 1995 Daniel S. Dawdy
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Enginehouse - interior Sault Ste. Marie 1997 Blair Smith
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Enginehouse
Detail
Detail
Detail
Inspection Pit
Inspection Pit
Enginehouse - interior Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney
Back Shop Steelton heavy repair shop attached to the back of the main enginehouse. (Rear) Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
CN Trucks CN work trucks parked behind the old ACR backshop. Sault Ste. Marie 2012 Wayne Trudeau
Back Shop
Back Shop
Back Shop
Back Shop
Back Shop
Back Shop
Back Shop
Back Shop
Interior views of the heavy repair shop, attached to the rear of the steelton roundhouse. Several engines can be seen in for servicing. Sault Ste. Marie 1992 Morgan Turney
Back Shop
Back Shop
Back Shop
Back Shop
Back Shop
Back Shop
Back Shop
Back Shop
Heavy repair shop - interior Sault Ste. Marie 1997 Blair Smith
Backshop Heavy repair shop - interior Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney
Company Stores Parts stores warehouse at Steelton shops, located immediately south of the enginehouse. Sault Ste. Marie 1997 Blair Smith
Company Stores
Company Stores
Parts stores warehouse at Steelton shops. Sault Ste. Marie 2001 Blair Smith
Storage Building Metal storage or workshop building behind the enginehouse. The main company stores can be seen in the background at left, with the locomotive repair shop towering over directly behind. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Car Shop Steelton car shops Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Car Shop This shot shows the area behind the car shops, with several gons for repair/storage/scrap. Today the car shop building is empty and this area is used as a log loading area. Note log loading activity to far left. Sault Ste. Marie 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Car Shop
Car Shop
Car Shop
Interior of the old car shop building. This building is now vacant. Light car repairs are done on two new tracks running through the engine facility. Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney
Car Washer
Car Washer
Passenger car washer next to the old car shop building. Sault Ste. Marie 1993 Blair Smith
Car Washer Passenger car washer next to the old car shop building. Sault Ste. Marie 2012 Wayne Trudeau
Hose Rack Water stand and hose hangers next to the coach servicing tracks at Steelton shops. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Tie Storage Several 2300-series flatcars at Steelton yard being loaded with new ties. Sault Ste. Marie 1993 Blair Smith
Material Storage Maintenance material storage near the shops at Steelton yard Sault Ste. Marie 1993 Blair Smith
Material Storage A neat stack of spare rail and the fuel tank from a wrecked SD40 stored near the shops at Steelton yard. Sault Ste. Marie 1993 Blair Smith
Material Storage Switch points stored near the shops at Steelton. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Material Storage
Material Storage
Material Storage
Material Storage
Hoist buckets, track supplies and other materials stored behind the ACR shops facility. The tanks and tall towers in the background of the second photo is a Praxair liquid oxygen facility which supplies the Algoma Steel basic oxygen furnace. Sault Ste. Marie 2012 Wayne Trudeau
Boxcar Shed Ex-ONT OCS boxcar, now off its trucks and used as a storage shed within the service facilities at the Sault. Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney
Yard Office Steelton yard office, located at the north east end of the shops area, near the Wellington St. underpass. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Yard Office Steelton yard office Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Ed Borus
Shops Yard North end of the Steelton Shops complex. Sault Ste. Marie 1993 Blair Smith
Sault Multimodal Terminal This distribution terminal was constructed recently in the Sault (sometime between 2004-7) just south of the CN/HCRY (former AC/CP) interchange yard and is served by a spur from the CN yard. This shot shows the street side of the building. Sault Ste. Marie 2008 Neil Thompson
Wellington St:
South Side
South Side
South Side
North Side
North Side
Underpass supports
Wellington St. underpass, underneath north end ladder of Steelton Yard. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Yard North end of Steelton yard, just north of the Wellington St. underpass. The southbound tour train is just crossing Conmee Ave. in the background. Sault Ste. Marie 1996 Blair Smith
Conmee Ave.
Drain
Conmee Ave. grade crossing and drainage ditch. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Second Line
Looking South
Second Line grade crossing. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Bridge
Bridge
A bridge over the highway just north of town, with lettering advertising the railway's tour trains. Sault Ste. Marie 2008 Neil Thompson
Sault Ste. Marie - CP/HCRY
Yard Huron Central (ex-Canadian Pacific) yard at Sault Ste. Marie. Sault Ste. Marie 2012 Wayne Trudeau
Pulpwood Loading Pulpwood loading track at the Huron Central yard in Sault Ste. Marie. Sault Ste. Marie 2012 Wayne Trudeau
Bellevue - Mile 18
Trestle Bellevue Trestle Bellevue 1993 Blair Smith
Trestle Bridge deck detail on top of the trestle. Bellevue 1996 Blair Smith
Trestle The southbound Agawa Canyon Tour train crosses the scenic Bellevue Trestle. Bellevue 1996 Blair Smith
Bellevue Valley The view from the trestle, looking west. Near the horizon can be seen a bay or inlet of Lake Superior. Bellevue 1996 Blair Smith
Loading Chute
Loading Chute
Some sort of long-abandoned old loading chute just north of the trestle bridge at Bellevue. Bellevue 1993 Blair Smith
Searchmont - Mile 31.5
Bridge Truss bridge over the Goulais River, south of Searchmont station. The old veneer mill was located off to the right. Searchmont 2012 Wayne Trudeau
Station
Station
Searchmont station. Searchmont 1993 Blair Smith
Station:
South side
Front
North side
North and rear
Detail
Detail
Detail
Detail
Searchmont station, now long abandoned and exposed to the elements. Note in the third photo the outbuildings behind the station. The old storage shed is almost hidden by trees, and at far right is an old 2-stall outhouse. Fourth photo shows the rarely (if ever) photographed rear of the station. Searchmont 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Outhouse Old 2-stall outhouse in the trees behind Searchmont station. Searchmont 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Spare Rail Spare rail on blocks near Searchmont station. Searchmont 1993 Blair Smith
Searchmont Facing north, at the curve a little ways north of Searchmont station. Apparently some major trackwork was planned, judging from all the tie plates distributing along the track. Searchmont 1993 Blair Smith
Trout Lake - Mile 57
Trout Lake A passenger waiting shelter at a camp at Trout Lake (Mile 57). Trout Lake 2008 Neil Thompson
Montreal Falls - Mile 92.3
Storage Shed Maintenance building at Montreal Falls. Facing northward. Montreal Falls 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Storage Shed
Storage Shed
Another maintenance building at Montreal Falls. Facing northward. Montreal Falls 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Bunkhouses Bunk houses at Montreal Falls. Montreal Falls 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Siding
Siding
Siding
There was no passing siding at Montreal Falls, there being full size sidings less than 5 miles north (Hubert) and south (Regent), but there was a double ended 20 car spur here just south of the bridge. Older timetables designated half the spur for a forestry company (likely loading pulpwood) and half for the power company to occasionally bring in equipment for the generating station. Today the siding appears to be single ended and used only for MOW equipment. First and third shot are facing northward, with the second shot facing in the reverse direction. Montreal Falls 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Trestle The bridge and dam at Montreal Falls as portrayed on the front cover of the 1989-1990 Souvenir Guide handed out to passengers on the Agawa Canyon Tour train. This is a popular angle that is used for much of the railway's advertising. Montreal Falls Algoma Central Railway
Trestle This spectacular bridge crosses over a power dam, which was actually built after the bridge, poured directly around the legs of the bridge. Montreal Falls 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Trestle Here is a view taken out of the back of the passenger car on the end of the southbound regular Hearst train, showing the bridge during winter. The frozen lake above the dam is visible at right. Montreal Falls 2001 Richard Schivley
Trestle Here we can see the Agawa Canyon Tour Train crossing the Montreal Falls trestle, lead by two CN GP40-2W's. Following the engines is the private car Agawa in its new WC maroon and gold colours. Montreal Falls 2002 Ed Borus
Trestle Looking downriver at the dam and trestle. Montreal Falls 2004 Mark Becker
Trestle Montreal Falls 2004 Mark Becker
Trestle
Trestle
Trestle
Montreal River trestle, travelling northbound. Montreal Falls 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Trestle
Trestle
Montreal River trestle, travelling southbound. Montreal Falls 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Generating Station Downriver view showing generating station and penstocks. Montreal Falls 1992 Nell vanderHeide
Generating Station This is the generating station below the dam at Montreal Falls. The dam at this location was built right underneath the bridge. Montreal Falls 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Generating Station Another view of the power house and the valley below the dam. Montreal Falls 2002 John Speakman
Generating Station
Generating Station
Generating Station
Power generating station below the dam. Montreal Falls 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Hubert - Mile 95.5
Hubert This is one of the ACR's standard design section bunkhouses that that spaced along the line. This one is located just north of Montreal Falls. Hubert 2001 Richard Schivley
Hubert Hubert section house, now a private camp. Hubert 2001 Kris Roenigk
Hubert Hubert section house, now a private camp. Note the ties remaining in the ground for the removed siding. Hubert 2004 Mark Becker
Frater - Mile 102.6
Switch
Switch
Derail
Derail
South siding switch and derail at Frater. Frater Sep 1996 Blair Smith
Frater Spare rail at Frater, precisely at mile post 102, about half a mile south of the station. Frater Sep 1996 Blair Smith
Frater Between the south siding switch and the station, a portion of the siding runs along one of the small lakes that are common in the area. (Facing southward - siding is the track to the left, main track at right.). Frater Sep 1996 Blair Smith
Frater Passengers wait to board the ACR passenger train at Frater. Frater 1976 Sean Trofin
Station The station building at Frater. Frater 1983 Sean Trofin
Station
Station
Station
Station
Station
The station building at Frater. (First photo looking north; last photo looking south) Frater Sep 1996 Blair Smith
Frater Small utility sheds behind the station at Frater. Frater Sep 1996 Blair Smith
Frater Compare the the photo above. These two small buildings now appear to be used as a private cabin. The extension on the front of the grey building appears to be the operator's bay from the old Frater station, which has long ago been torn down. Frater 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Section House Former railway section house at Frater, now a lodge. Frater 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Shed
Shed
Old speeder/storage shed at Frater Frater Sep 1996 Blair Smith
Frater The tour train passes through Frater. Frater 1983 Sean Trofin
House Track Former location of the switch for the house track at Frater, directly across from the station building. Frater Sep 1996 Blair Smith
House Track
House Track
House Track
Compare to the two photos above. It appears the old house track was re-installed, and this area used for a while to load pulpwood. A sign near the logging road crossing by the switch indicated this was a loading site for St. Marys Paper in the Sault, which is now closed. Frater 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Frater North siding switch at Frater. Just off to the right can be seen some remnants of where the north end of the house track connected to the siding and milepost 103. Frater Sep 1996 Blair Smith
Rock Cut
Rock Cut
Rock Cut
Rock Cut
Rock cut immediatly north of Frater siding. Second and third photo shows the tour train at this location. Frater Sep 1996 Blair Smith
Tour Train The regular northbound passenger train, a little north of Frater, beginning the descent to Canyon. Frater 1983 Sean Trofin
Canyon - Mile 113.8
Sign Sign near the south end of the siding welcoming visitors to Agawa Canyon Park. Agawa Canyon 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Agawa Canyon Overhead view of the park from the lookout platform halfway up the canyon wall. Agawa Canyon 70's-80's Daniel S. Dawdy
Kitchen/Bunk House Kitchen/bunk house building alongside the house track on the west side of the tracks. Agawa Canyon 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Speeder Shed Speeder/tool shed, on the west side of the tracks at Canyon, next to the above bunkhouse structure. Agawa Canyon 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Speeder Shed Track speeder in front of the speeder shed at Canyon. Agawa Canyon 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Speeder Shed Speeder in front of the speeder shed at Canyon. Agawa Canyon 2002 Nick Masney
Souvenir Car
Souvenir Car
Two views of the souvenir car at Canyon. Agawa Canyon 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Souvenir Car Detail of the underframe of the car. Agawa Canyon 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Souvenir Car Interior of the Souvenir Car. Agawa Canyon 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Souvenir Car This view faces north and shows the washroom building and the souvenir car, which was built from ACR diner #502 Agawa Canyon 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Washroom Building This view shows the back of the washroom building at the canyon park. It is located just north of the souvenir car, which is to the left of this photo. Agawa Canyon 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Bunkhouse
Bunkhouse
This building is located right next to the Agawa Canyon station building. Two views show opposite sides of the building. Agawa Canyon 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Section House
Section House
The former section house serves as the park ranger's station at the park. Two views show the front and back, respectively, of the building. Agawa Canyon 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Section House The former section house at Canyon. Agawa Canyon 2002 Nick Masney
Agawa Canyon Looking northward near the section house. Agawa Canyon 2004 Mark Becker
Agawa Canyon This overhead view shows the north end of the park, with the old section house just visible at the edge. Notice the speeder display, and in the bottom left corner, note the picnic table made out of an old freight car truck. Agawa Canyon 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Handcar/Speeder Display This small display of historical railway inspection vehicles is permanently installed at Agawa Canyon Park. Note also the benches nearby made from old freight car wheels. Also nearby, but not in this photograph, is a picnic table made from an old freight car truck. Agawa Canyon 2000 Chris vanderHeide
Agawa Canyon
Agawa Canyon
Two views of Train No. 2, led by GP7 160, coming into Canyon Park from the north. You can see the towering canyon walls closing in behind the train. Agawa Canyon 1983 Sean Trofin
Agawa Canyon At the north end of the park, the canyon walls close in to a distance of barely 50' at its narrowest. This view shows the north end of the canyon in mid-winter. Taken from the rear of the southbound Hearst-Sault Ste. Marie train. Agawa Canyon 2001 Richard Schivley
Eton - Mile 120.1
South Switch A conductor throws south siding switch at Eton to allow the regular passenger train take the siding for a meet. Eton 2001 Richard Schivley
South Switch South switch, Eton siding. Eton 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Siding Eton siding, just north of the south end. Note the long ties at right indicating where the former house track once connected into the siding. Eton 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Section House
Section House
Former Eton section house, now a private camp/lodge. Eton 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Siding Eton siding, looking north directly in front of the section house. Abandoned rails of the old house track are barely visible in the long grass at right. The switch at left centre connects to the old logging spur around the corner, although note that the frog has been removed from this switch. Eton 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Log Spur Eton siding, north of the section house, looking south at an abandoned logging spur. This spur appears to be back in place and quite active again today, see following images. Eton Sep 2002 Blair Smith
Log Spur
Log Spur
Log Spur
Log Spur
Busy pulpwood loading spur at Eton. Note the large pile of old weathered logs in several images, remnants of earlier days of logging at this location? Note as well the long switch ties at the extreme right in the second image on the siding, indicating where the north end of the house track used to connect. Last image appears to be showing a similar angle to the abandoned photo above. Eton 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Siding Eton siding, near the north end, looking south. Eton Sep 2002 Blair Smith
North Switch North Siding Switch Eton. Facing south. Eton Sep 2002 Blair Smith
North Switch
Truss Bridge
North siding switch and truss bridge at Eton. Facing north. Eton 2001 Richard Schivley
North Switch North switch Eton siding. Eton 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Truss Bridge
Bridge Footing
Truss bridge over the Agawa River at Eton. First image facing north. Eton Sep 2002 Blair Smith
Bridge Truss bridge over the Agawa River at the north end of Eton. The railway follows the course of the river for at least 20 miles, from just south of Canyon (mile 113) to north of Agawa (mile 130). Eton 2013 Chris vanderHeide
O'Connor - Mile 125.6
Section House
Section House
O'Connor section house. O'Connor Oct 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Agawa - Mile 130.9
Section House
Section House
Agawa section house. Agawa Oct 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Perry - Mile 149.9
South Switch
Siding
North Switch
Perry siding and house track. Perry 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Perry
Section House
Section House
Former section house and nearby buildings at Perry. Perry 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Perry
Perry
Perry
Perry
Perry
Perry
Some additional small sheds and structures around the curve just north of the section house at Perry. The road crossing the tracks in the last photo leads down through the old ballast pit. Perry 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Spur Switch
Gravel Pit
Gravel Pit
Gravel Pit
Perry pit, mile 150.9. Spur switch shot is looking northward. This was a major source of ACR ballast for many years. Perry 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Mile 155
South End
South End
North End
North End
Mile 155 pulpwood siding. This was a former loading spur for St. Marys Paper. Mile 155 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Limer - Mile 156.5
Limer Former site of Limer siding. Looking north, somewhere in the middle of the former siding location. (Note the former roadbed to the left.) Limer 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Hawk Junction - Mile 164.6
Welcome Sign This sign welcomes visitors on the road into Hawk Junction. This would not be visible from the railway, but is a neat feature that gives an idea of the character of the town. Hawk Junction Blair Smith
Bridge Bridge just south of the south switch for the yard. Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Yard
Yard
Yard
South end of Hawk Junction yard. The southern portion of the yard was once used primarily for switching ore trains on the Michipicoten branch, while the main freight classification was done in the northern portion. Today the three tracks of the south yard are almost all that remains of the yard. Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Bunkhouse Crew bunkhouse on the south side of the station. Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Station
Station
Passenger station at Hawk Juction. First view looks north, second photo looks south. Hawk Junction 2002 Kris Roenigk
Station:
View facing SE
View facing SW
View facing NW
View facing NE
Photos showing all sides of the station. Dimensions of the station are 36'x24' for the central 2-story section, and 20'x24' for each wing, for a total footprint of 24x76'. View facing SE 2002, all others 1996. The only noticeable difference between 1996 and 2002, are a pair of large lights and an associated electrical box. Hawk Junction 2002 Blair Smith
Station Passenger station at Hawk Juction. Hawk Junction 2009 Brendan Frisina
Station:
Name Board
Track side
Detail
Detail
Detail
Detail
Detail
Detail
Rear side
Rear side
Detail
Detail
Detail
Detail
Detail
Baggage Notice
Hawk Junction station detail photos. Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Station Station Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Big Bear Hotel The old Big Bear Hotel, across the road from the ACR station. Hawk Junction 2001 Richard Schivley
Big Bear Hotel
Big Bear Hotel
The old Big Bear Hotel, across the road from the ACR station. Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Fire Hall This unassuming small garage once served as the Hawk Junction fire hall. Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Yard
Yard
Yard
Yard
Division between the old south yard and north yards, just north of the station building at Hawk Junction. The majority of the north yard has been torn out. Second photo shows the former location of the switch to the old freight shed track. Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Sand/Fuel Facilities Sand and fuel serving facilities at Hawk Junction. Sand tower, sand house, fuel stand and small shed. The enginehouse can be seen in the background. Diesel fuel tanks are not visible in the photo, would be off to the right. Hawk Junction 1996 Blair Smith
Sand House Sand storage and drying house. Hawk Junction 1996 Blair Smith
Enginehouse This three track diesel shed is the current enginehouse at Hawk Juction. In the steam days the enginehouse had six stalls and looked much like a standard roundhouse that had been straightened out to use switches instead of a turntable. The original steam roundhouse appears to have been a dark grey coloured wooden structure. Hawk Junction 1996, 2002 Kris Roenigk
Enginehouse Engines parked in front of the enginehouse at Hawk Junction. Hawk Junction 1994 Daniel S. Dawdy
Enginehouse:
South Side
East Side
North Side
West Side
Views of all four sides of the Hawk Junction enginehouse. Dimensions of this building are 144'x72'/ Hawk Junction 1996 Blair Smith
Enginehouse The old enginehouse at Hawk Junction is now just used by CN track maintenance crews. Several tracks in this area have been removed and the fuel spur and various MOW tracks have been torn out. The fuel tanks, sand tower and related outbuildings are all gone. Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Enginehouse Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Workshop:
View From NE
View From SW
Hawk Junction workshop. Located inside the wye, next to the car repair track. This building was demolished in 2002. Dimensions are 24'x60'. Hawk Junction 1996 Blair Smith
Switch Signal This fixed signal protected the spring switch to the Michipicoten subdivision at Hawk Junction. Hawk Junction Blair Smith
Yard
Yard
Yard
Yard
Yard
Yard
Yard
North portion of yard at Hawk Junction. Most of the track has been torn out, but clear signs remain of where additional trackage used to be. Note in second photo traces of the former switch to the team track and shed track. The abandoned Michipicoten Subdivision roadbed can be seen heading off into the distance in the first two shots. All shots facing northward. Hawk Junction 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Dubreuilville - Mile 184.2
Lumber Mill Dubreuil Bros. Forest Products mill at Dubreuilville. Dubreuilville 1994 Dan S. Dawdy
Lumber Mill
Lumber Mill
Lumber Mill
Lumber Mill
Lumber Mill
This sequence of photos travels from south to north, facing west. Taken from the regular passenger train to Hearst. Dubreuilville 1997 Ryan Willobee
South Switch
Spur
Spur
Lumber Mill
Lumber Mill
Lumber Mill
House Track
North Switch
Sequence from south to north. The mill appears inactive now. The side track at Dubreuilville was listed as a house track rather than a passing siding and only had a capacity of about 10 cars. Dubreuilville 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Franz - Mile 194.9
Franz
Franz
More structure views at Franz. Both looking south. First shows old and new section houses on east side of tracks, second photo shows another bunkhosue and older unused building on west side of tracks. Franz   Kris Roenigk
Section House
Section House
Two views of the old section house at Franz. The windows are boarded up and it does not appear to be in use. Franz Aug. 2002 Blair Smith
Section House
Section House
Franz section house and associated outbuildings. Franz 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Bunk House Newer Bunkhouse at Franz. Franz Aug. 2002 Blair Smith
Bunk house Another view of the same bunkhouse. Franz   Kris Roenigk
Bunk house
Bunk house
Franz 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Schoolhouse An old, abandoned building at Franz. I'm told this is the former schoolhouse, when there was actually a town at Franz. Franz Aug. 2002 Blair Smith
Schoolhouse Another view of the same structure. Franz   Kris Roenigk
Schoolhouse Another view of the same structure. Franz 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Storage Shed Motor car/tool shed at Franz. Franz Aug. 2002 Blair Smith
Storage Shed Another view of the shed, facing south. This photo also shows a propane tank and a 40' container used as a storage shed. Franz   Kris Roenigk
Storage Shed
Storage Shed
Same building as above. Franz 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Franz
Franz
Franz
Franz
Franz
Several photos taken at the diamond at Franz during the winter. At Franz, the ACR meets the Canadian Pacific Railroad at a diamond. The concrete structure in photos 1 and 3 is the foundational remains of the CPR water tank that once stood at Franz. The station, removed in 1992, stood in the centre of photo 4, to the left in photo 5. Photo 3 looks east along the CPR line. For more information about the station at Franz, see The Franz Swing Franz 1994 Daniel S. Dawdy
Franz
Franz
Franz
The truck in the first two photos is parked where the Franz station once stood. These photos show the newer CP Rail structures that now stand at Franz. First photo looks south, notice in the background the motor car shed, seen in several other photos below. Second and third photos look west and provide good view of the CPR interchange. Franz   Colin Churcher
Franz:
Looking East
Looking West
Looking North
Several more views at Franz. Looking East and West at the CPR tracks shows the interchange. Looking North shows a good view of all the buildings along the siding at Franz. (The diamond is north of the siding.) For orientation, see the yellow motor car shed and signal in the background. These two structures can be seen from the other direction in the first photo from Colin Churcher above. Franz August 2002 Blair Smith
Franz:
Looking East
Looking South
Looking West
Looking North
Franz 2003 David K. Despot
Hilda - Mile 207.7
South Switch
Siding
Siding
North Switch
Hilda siding. Hilda 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Oba Lake Bridges - Approx. Mile 212 to 214
Bridge
Bridge
Bridge
The southernmost of three bridges over bays of Oba Lake. This bridge is a 424' timber trestle (with approach causeways on each side). These bridges are remarkable in that the wooden piles do not rest on bedrock, but essentially float in the extremely deep muddy silt on the bottom of the bay, requiring severe speed restrictions for any crossing trains. According to a railway employee, if viewed from trackside the bridge structure can be seen to noticeably deflect by a couple of inches when a train passes over it! Mile 211.9 Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Woods Camp Flag stop and shelter for a camp on Oba Lake. A path to the left leads down to a small boat dock. Notice the bridge timbers and other material stored alongside the track ahead for maintaining the bridges. At the top right just poking out of the trees you can make out the end of an old boxcar at the company maintenance spur, see more below. Mile 212 Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Timber Storage
Company Spur
Boxcar
Company Spur
Company Spur
Company Spur
Company Spur
Company spur for parking work equipment and stored supplies for maintaining the nearby trestles. Mile 212.4 Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Bridge
Bridge
Bridge
Bridge
The longest trestle is this 1192' bridge across Hoodoo Bay. This bridge has actually been replaced at some point with a new steel-pile trestle. The old alignment can be seen by the wider approaches on the west side of the causeways, and while the water level in the lake was high at the time, the tops of the old wooden pilings could be seen just below the water surface beside the new bridge. Mile 212.7 Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Bridge
Bridge
Bridge
The third bridge, at Mile 214.2, is another 445' wooden trestle. Like the first bridge, this bridge floats in the muddy silt of the bay and has a 15 MPH speed restriction when crossing. Mile 212.7 Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Causeway A solid fill cutting straight across another small bay, a little north of the trestles, maybe mile 214.5 or so. Mile 214.5 Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Mosher - Mile 217.3
Spur Switch Former location of the Newaygo south spur switch at Mosher (Mile 217.0). Mosher was for many years the location of a logging operation run by Newaygo Forest Products. From 1974-1985 Newaygo also operated a sawmill at Mead (mile 275.3). The area where the spur ran has become significantly overgrown. Looking northward. Mosher Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Crossing Private crossing of a logging road at Mosher. Longer ties marking the former location of the north spur are visible just beyond the crossing and the station and siding are clearly visible in the background. Looking northward. Mosher Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Mosher Several abandoned buildings at Mosher. Mosher   Kris Roenigk
Spur Switch Former location of the Newaygo north spur switch at Mosher (Mile 217.3). Looking northward. Mosher Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Station Mosher station. (Mile 217.3) Mosher Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Station Mosher station. (Mile 217.3) Mosher   Kris Roenigk
Station
Station
Station
Station
Detail views of Mosher station. Mosher Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Siding Switch Mosher siding, south switch. Looking north. Mosher Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Siding Mosher siding, looking north. Note extra long headblock ties at bottom right indicating the former location of the switch for the south end of the house track. Mosher Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Siding Mosher siding, north switch. Note extra long headblock ties at bottom right indicating the former location of the switch for the north end of the house track. Mosher Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Siding Mosher siding, north switch. Mosher Oct. 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Langdon - Mile 239.1
Siding
Siding
Siding
Siding
Langdon siding, beginning from the south. This is currently the site of an active pulpwood loading operation. First two images looking north; second two looking south. Notice how the switches for the house track have been removed, but actually the old siding track removed between them, rerouting the siding through the original house track. Langdon 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Oba - Mile 244.7
Diamond
Diamond
Diamond
Diamond crossing of Canadian National Railway. Looking northward. Oba   Kris Roenigk
Oba
Oba
Oba, facing northward approaching the former location of Oba station. Algoma Central and Canadian National used to have a joint station here. Oba   Kris Roenigk
Oba
Oba
Oba
The community of Oba. Oba 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Oba Old buildings at Oba. The architectural false fronts suggest these are probably original store fronts from about 1914 when the ACR crossing of the (then) Canadian Northern Railway was built and Oba was established. One actually appears to be in good shape, the other looks abandoned. Oba 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Tourist Outfitters Tourist Outfitters shop at Oba. (Former Oba General Store building.) Oba 2001 Richard Schivley
Tourist Outfitters
Tourist Outfitters
Tourist Outfitters
Tourist Outfitters
Oba Outfitters. (Former Oba General Store.) First photo shows relation of the store to the other old storefront buildings above, and the switch to the ACR siding/yard at Oba. Oba 2013 Chris vanderHeide
House Old houses at Oba. Oba 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Section House
Section House
Oba section house Oba 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Interchange Switching lead/connecting track connecting the interchange tracks to the south end of the ACR siding at Oba. Looking southward towards the old ACR main. Oba 2013 Chris vanderHeide
House House at Oba, a little north of the main town, alongside the ACR siding and interchange yard, near the ACR wye. Oba 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Yard Interchange tracks and south leg of the wye leading into the bush. Oba 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Yard
Yard
North end of the ACR yard tracks at Oba. Oba 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Yard CN connecting track and interchange switching lead at the north end of Oba. Looking north/west towards the CN main. Oba 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Yard A pair of CN locomotives switching interchange cars from the ACR tracks at the north end of Oba. Looking southward. Oba   Kris Roenigk
Mead - Mile 275.3
Spur Spur at Mead. During a period from about 1974 to 1984, Newaygo Forest Products built and operated a sawmill here. The mill closed in 1984, and other than a large cleared area, there's not much sign of its former existence. Surprisingly however, the old office building and a maintenance garage and even a portion of the south end of the spur at Mead are still in place, and the switch is still fully intact. (The trackage into the sawmill once also connected at the north end as well, this portion was torn out and fully overgrown.) Perhaps this location was still used for loading pulpwood recently? Mead 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Garage Maintenance garage at Mead. Mead 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Office
Office
Newaygo Forest Products office building at Mead. Mead 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Wyborn - Mile 294.1
Wyborn Shed at Wyborn. Pulpwood loading track in background. Wyborn   Kris Roenigk
Wyborn
Wyborn
Two views of Wyborn (mile 294.1, just south of Hearst Junction) showing a massive pile of pulpwood logs. Wyborn   Kris Roenigk
Bridge
Shed
South Switch
Siding/Yard
North Switch
Wye Switch
Sequence of views at Wyborn, looking north. Beginning from the bridge over the Mattawishquia River to the wye switch Wyborn 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Hearst - Mile 295.7
Hearst Dramatic night view of passenger train at Hearst, lit up by flash bulbs and enveloped in steam. Hearst 1993 Daniel S. Dawdy
ONT 1800 & 1801 Ontario Northland (ON Rail) GP38-2 1800 and 1801 at Hearst, ON, junction point between the ACR and ONR. Hearst 2001 Richard Schivley
Office Ontario Northland Railway maintance/crew building at Hearst. Hearst 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Shelter
Shelter
Passenger shelter at Hearst. Hearst 2013 Chris vanderHeide
Trackside Details
Derail Derail - manual derail and derail sign on Manitoulin Transport/Welded Beam spur just north of Steelton yard. Steelton 2004 Chris vanderHeide
Derail
Derail
Derail - derails without switch stands and targets are marked by a yellow post. Frater Sep 1996 Blair Smith
Derail Derail - Sliding derail and stand near the WC/HCRY (formerly AC/CP) interchange yard next to the former AC shops. Sault Ste. Marie 1997 Blair Smith
Flanger Sign Flanger sign, to indicate flanger operator to lift the flanger blade to clear crossings, switches, etc. Chris vanderHeide
Switch Stands Pair of switch stands on a industrial siding in Sault Ste. Marie. Chris vanderHeide
Baggage Sign Baggage sign, which appears on the side of all ACR stations. This gives a good idea of the type of baggage regularly carried by AC trains 1 & 2. Chris vanderHeide
Wheel Stops Wheel Stops. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
End Track Sign End of track sign. Sault Ste. Marie 2004 Chris VanderHeide
Agawa Mile Board This scenic winter shot includes one of the markers that tells crews (and passengers) that a station or siding is coming up in the next mile. This one is near Agawa, roughly halfway between Canyon and Hawk Junction 1 mile from Agawa 2001 Richard Schivley
Speed Limit Sign Speed limit sign. Passenger on top, freight bottom. Oba Kris Roenigk
Track Bumper The current "end of track" (or beginning of track) at Sault Ste. Marie. Sault Ste. Marie 2008 Neil Thompson
Rail Blocks
Rail Blocks
Spare pieces of rail are stored on concrete blocks at various places along the line. First photo is at Frater, second photo is at Searchmont. Blair Smith
Milepost 30 Standard ACR milepost. Searchmont Aug 1993 Blair Smith
Flange Oiler With tight and constant curvature found on the southern part of the Algoma Central, flange oilers were extensively used. This one is located just south of Searchmont. Searchmont Aug 1993 Blair Smith
Coil Cradle Non-permanent crade for transportation of steel coils mounted on a bulkhead flatcar. Sault Ste. Marie 1997 Blair Smith
Other
CN 5621 CN SD70i is looking a little unhappy after splitting a switch in the Hawk Junction yard. Hawk Junction 2002 Blair Smith
Road Crane The very large road crane brought in to re-rail CN 5621. Hawk Junction 2002 Blair Smith
Wrecked Cars A wrecked box car and tank car at the Steelton shops yard. Note the age of the tank cars design. Probably an old OCS water tanker left to rot. Sault Ste. Marie 2002 Nick Masney

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