Algoma Central Railway
Steelton shops June 1979 Rob Kitchen
Track maps (India ink drawings by Wayne Brittain) :
North From The Soo
Algoma Central Railway and Algoma Steel had what could be described as a love-hate relationship. This came about following the bankruptcy of August 1932 when the president of the newly reorganized Algoma Steel Corporation came on the scene. Sir James Dunn set about trying to get the better of the railway through such tactics as attempting to create a direct connection with the CPR, which would have diverted much revenue from the ACR. Also, by political tactics and other methods including denying it traffic. He failed in his many attempts including trying to get control of the railway. Algoma Steel even incorporated the Southern Algoma Ry. in an attempt to bypass the ACR to reach the CPR. Nothing came of this paper railway until in 1941 a survey was made which sent ACR off to Ottawa to prevent the railway being built. All remained dormant until a 1975 strike on the ACR forced Algoma Steel to truck everything to the CPR. Track was finally laid to connect with the CPR under this old charter, however the end of the lengthy strike meant it wasn't actually used.
Algoma Steel became the 3rd largest producer in Canada, shipping 2 million tons annually by the ACR. In more recent years it has gone through yet another major refinancing, and as of 2003, is still having great difficulty maintaining itself.
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