Feature Friday February 18, 2022

18 Feb

Then and now featuring Keemle Lake, just north of Nipigon, ON. The first photo shows the highway and railway grade on the south shore of the lake, likely in the early 1940s. Very visible in the background are the cliffs and ridges of the Pijitawabik Palisades.
The second was taken in October 2021 and features the former railway grade in more detail. This spot was just east of the railway station at McKirdy, which was located at Milepost 50.1 of the Canadian Northern Railway Nipigon Subdivision and at the time of the first photo, Canadian National Railways Dorion Subdivision (MP 99.4 of the later CN Kinghorn Subdivision). McKirdy Station was named after well-known local guide and businessman William McKirdy.

Grade south of Orient Bay at Keemle Lake, 1940s postcard.
Keemle Lake, October 2021.

Posted by on February 18, 2022 in History, Railway


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2 responses to “Feature Friday February 18, 2022

  1. dave Nakonechny

    February 18, 2022 at 17:30

    thoroughly enjoying all the work you do but was wondering what happened to part 5 which I assume would have been the macdermid tunnel near mileage37.3

    • Padwrr

      February 18, 2022 at 17:49

      Hi Dave. Thanks for following along. The tunnel video is a work in progress. I recorded most of that video last spring, and then the information changed. I hoped to finish it last summer, but that didn’t work out. I hoping to get it done this spring or summer…it is quite the story.


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