Jackpine Station Beardmore Station Warneford Station

Beardmore, originally known as Hanning, was a station on the line located at Milepost 20.6/70.3. It was named after Walter William Beardmore, the son-in-law of William Mackenzie, President of Canadian Northern. Beardmore hailed from a very affluent family, as his grandfather, George Beardmore, created what would become the largest tannery in the British Empire in Acton, Ontario.

Early on, Beardmore was composed of just a siding and water tank. In 1935 a small station building was erected to support the increased freight and passenger traffic due to the growth of mining and forestry in the area. The water tank was removed in 1933, but the 2550-foot siding remained until prior to 2005. There was also a spur known as Shed Track KI-35 (470 feet).

In 1930, a mining development began just northeast of the community and a station was created at Milepost 19.4/69.1 known as “Gold Mine Camp.” In 1934, the station was changed to “Empire,” after the name of the mine, the Northern Empire Gold Mine. At times there were two small spurs serving the mine, which were removed along with the station by 1942. For more information on the nearby Northern Empire Gold Mine, please click here and here.

Click here to see a 2009 Google Streetview image of Beardmore with the rails still in place.

There are numerous videos of the Beardmore area in the playlist below.


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