Canadian Northern Railway Long Lake Subdivision

The Canadian Northern Railway Long Lake Subdivision began in Fitzbach (later Hornepayne), Ontario and terminated 150.5 miles to the west in Hector (later Jellicoe), Ontario. Unfortunately, this subdivision only existed for 8 years.

In 1923, it became the Canadian National Railways Longlac Subdivision. A year later, it was totally re-organized following the completion of the Nakina Cut-off. This 30 mile line, which connected Longuelac (later Longlac), Ontario and Nakina, Ontario, linked the former Canadian Northern line with the former National Transcontinental Railway (NTR) line. Most of the Longlac Subdivision was renamed the Caramat Subdivision, and it still originated in Hornepayne, but now terminated in Nakina. The former Canadian Northern line to Longlac, thence to Nakina, and then the former NTR line from Nakina to Winnipeg became the new Canadian National Railways mainline across this portion of Canada. The other sections of the CNoR and NTR were relegated to secondary status.

The remaining 49.7 miles of the Longlac Subdivision from Longlac to Jellicoe was named the Kinghorn Subdivision. In 1960, the Kinghorn and more westerly Dorion Subdivision were merged, and became the Kinghorn Subdivision, running from Longlac to Port Arthur. The stations and some of the notable locations on the line are listed below (mileage shown is per the original line):

Milepost Station, Siding or Point Elevation (ft.)
0 Fitzbach/Hornepayne* 1088
99.9 (100.8) Kenogami/Longuelac/Longlac* 1040
102.4 Suckle Creek Bridge 1069
102.7 Behun*** 1070
106.6 Grassy Lake** 1107
109 Octopus 1094
111.7 Kenogamisis River Bridge 1087
112.1 Devilfish** 1093
116.3 Langmuir 1099
118.7 Hardrock 1091
121.6 Jack/Geraldton* 1112
125.1 Bankfield/Macwell* 1128
126.9 Gorrie/Kenwell/Bankfield* 1137
128.8 Milepost 28 Water Tank 1127
133.2 Gozo/Keemle* 1139
141.5 Kinghorn 1091
145.2 Namewaminikan River Bridge 1080
145.4 Kinghorn Ballast Pit 1085
147.8 Zroback*** 1090
150.5 Hector/Jellicoe* 1086

*Name changed **Planned but never constructed ***Added after 1996

For more information on the construction and later discontinuation of this line, please see the page on the Nipigon Subdivision.

Link to some of the timetables at Railway Pages and Traingeek. Link to the 1982 timetable. Other timetables courtesy of J. Smith and Ingenium.


Timetables and Stations

There are numerous videos of the remains of the CNoR-Long Lake Subdivision in the YouTube playlist below.


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