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Extra Credit VII “Companions”

Extra Credit is video series that examines topics related to history in the Thunder Bay District and exploring that history.

Most people hike in pairs, with a group or with a special furry friend. Companions are often an integral part of the being in the outdoors, so this episode is all about my experiences during my 30+ years of exploring. Who is your favourite hiking companion?

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2021 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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Extra Credit VI “Summer Hiking”

Extra Credit is video series that examines topics related to history in the Thunder Bay District and exploring that history.

Summer is a great time to get out and explore, but you need to make sure you have the right gear. Watch as I break down my suggestions for what to wear, literally from head to toe. This includes items for both hiking and biking.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2021 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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Extra Credit V “Hiking n’ Biking”

Extra Credit is video series that examines topics related to history in the Thunder Bay District and exploring that history.

This episode is all hiking and biking…literally. I’ve been biking almost as long as I’ve been exploring local history. A few years ago I decided to combine both of these interests to allow me to cover more ground and give viewers a more “railway-like” experience. You hear me explain my history with bikes, show off my current ride as well as some of the accessories I use in my explorations. You’ll also see some video of my biking adventures, including an unexpected “accident.” Enjoy!

**Please just ignore my dog Luna when she appears on camera. I was so focused I had no idea she was in the frame or what she was doing.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2021 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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Extra Credit IV “Photography”

Extra Credit is video series that examines topics related to history in the Thunder Bay District and exploring that history.

This episode is all about photography, which I’ve been involved with photography since the mid 90s when cameras were still using film. I explain the evolution of my photography from that time to the present, some of the cameras that I have used along the way and how technology has changed this particular field of history exploration. I’ve also included some of my better shots from the past to today, including my newest foray into drone photography.

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Posted by on May 19, 2021 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision MP 120.6-123.4 III

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision (MP 170.6-173.4) at Pass Lake, ON. Features the grade as it approaches the Blende River Viaduct/Pass Lake Trestle. Here there is half mile of rails left on the ties as it pass over a culvert and through a rock cut to the viaduct.

Active, 1914-2005.

Part 3 of 3.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2021 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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Extra Credit III “The Pee Dee, Part I”

Extra Credit is video series that examines topics related to history in the Thunder Bay District and exploring that history.

This episode deals with the Port Arthur, Duluth and Western Railway, or Pee Dee Railway as it is commonly known and is the first of several on the topic. I explore the entire history of the railway, right from its early years in the 1880s until its abandonment in 1938. I highlight many of the challenges leading up to the construction of the line, and then the series of misfortunes that led to its eventually bankruptcy. Its time under the control of Canadian Northern Railway and Canadian National Railways is also discussed.

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Posted by on April 21, 2021 in History, Railway, Research, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision MP 120.6-123.4 II

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision (MP 170.6-173.4) at Pass Lake, ON. Features the grade as it passes between Pass Lake Station and the Blende River Viaduct with rock cuts, a stone culvert and rails still on the ties.

Active, 1914-2005.

Part 2 of 3.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2021 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision MP 120.6-123.4 I

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision (MP 170.6-173.4) at Pass Lake, ON. Features the grade at Pass Lake Station, including the former section house, the line as it skirts Pass Lake and a lengthy rock cut.

Active, 1914-2005.

Part 1 of 3.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2021 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision MP 100-103 IV

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision (MP 150-153) at Dorion, ON. Features the grade south of Dorion as it passes through a rock cut, crossing Meyers Road toward Ancliff Station.

Active, 1914-2005.

Part 4 of 4.

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2021 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision MP 100-103 III

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision (MP 150-153) at Dorion, ON. Features the grade south of Dorion, with numerous telegraph poles, an old crossing and a small cutting.

Active, 1914-2005.

Part 3 of 4.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2021 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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