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. Two years 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
106.3 Suckle Creek Bridge 1069
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
126.8 Gorrie/Kenwell* 1137
128.7 Kenwell Water Tank 1127
133.2 Gozo/Keemle* 1139
141.5 Kinghorn 1091
145.2 Namewaminikan River Bridge 1080
145.4 Kinghorn Ballast Pit 1085
150.5 Hector/Jellicoe* 1086

*Name changed **Planned but never constructed

For more information and photos, please read the following great article:

The Driving of the Last Spike on the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway by John Todd (Canadian Rail Magazine, November 1979)

Link to some of the timecards.


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