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Feature Friday December 9, 2022

The “Moose’s Nose” or alternately “The Devil’s Elbow” was a unique section of railway grade located west of the then City of Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay). It formed part of the Grand Trunk Pacific’s Lake Superior Branch, which ran from Fort William to Superior Junction (later Sioux Lookout) where it joined with the National Transcontinental Railway (NTR). The GTP and NTR was a partnership between the Grand Trunk Railway and the Canadian Government to build a second transcontinental railway in Canada.

The unusual appearance of the Moose’s Nose, with its tight curve, was due to very strict construction stipulations regarding the incline of the grade, which could not exceed one percent. Because the terrain west of city rose steeply from Lake Superior, railway engineers designed the elaborate loop to mitigate the grade issue. The line crossed over a branch of the Neebing River at several points, and in 1917 three concrete culverts were built at these points (two of which still remain). Alba Station was located on the southern end of the nose.

In 1926, 26 miles of grade, including the Moose’s Nose, was abandoned following a reorganization of the Canadian National lines in the area.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2022 in Hiking, History, Railway

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision MP 134.1-137.1 III

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision (MP 33.3-36.3) near the Lake Nipigon Reserve, ON. Features the grade near Scroll Lake with cuttings, telegraph poles and milepost markers.

Part 3 of 4.

Active, 1914-2005.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2022 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision MP 134.1-137.1 II

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision (MP 33.3-36.3) near the Lake Nipigon Reserve, ON. Features the grade near Scroll Lake with cuttings, culverts and milepost markers.

Part 2 of 4.

Active, 1914-2005.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2022 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision MP 134.1-137.1 I

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision (MP 33.3-36.3) near the Lake Nipigon Reserve, ON. Features the grade west of Keemle Station with cuttings and a heavily damaged trestle at the north end of Scroll Lake, which has washouts at either end, exposing the buried fibre optic cable.

Part 1 of 4.

Active, 1914-2005.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2022 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision MP 130.4-134.1 V

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision (MP 29.6-33.3) west of Kenwell, ON. Features the grade west of Keemle Station with milepost markers, a former logging camp? and a heavily damaged trestle at the north end of Scroll Lake.

*The mystery of the cross has been solved thanks to the efforts of historian Edgar Lavoie. Angus Mishquat spent time in the area when his father was a sectionman on the railway at Keemle.

Part 5 of 5.

Active, 1914-2005.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2022 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision MP 130.4-134.1 IV (Keemle Station)

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision (MP 29.6-33.3) west of Kenwell, ON. Features the grade and the siding at Keemle Station with flooding, ties and the remains of the section house and water tank.

Part 4 of 5.

Active, 1914-2005.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2022 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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Feature Friday December 2, 2022

An unidentified Canadian National Railways locomotive, possibly 1059, moves somewhere on the North Lake Subdivision likely during the 1930s. Originally built as the Port Arthur, Duluth and Western Railway and opened for traffic in 1893, the line later became part of Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) network. In late 1918, CNoR was merged into the Canadian National Railways (CNR).

Locomotive 1059, a 4-6-0 engine (G-10-b classification), was one of 25 built for CNoR in 1903 by the Canadian Locomotive Company. She likely began running on the North Lake line in the late 1920s until it was abandoned in 1938.

CNR 1059?, date unknown
 
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Posted by on December 2, 2022 in History, Railway

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision MP 130.4-134.1 III

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision (MP 29.6-33.3) west of Kenwell, ON. Features the grade near Keemle Station with telegraph poles, cuttings and milepost markers.

Part 3 of 5.

Active, 1914-2005.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2022 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision MP 130.4-134.1 II

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision (MP 29.6-33.3) west of Kenwell, ON. Features the grade as it skirts the north shore of Wildgoose Lake with telegraph poles and milepost markers.

Part 2 of 5.

Active, 1914-2005.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2022 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision MP 130.4-134.1 I

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn Subdivision (MP 29.6-33.3) west of Kenwell, ON. Features the grade west of Wildgoose Beach Road as it skirts the north shore of Wildgoose Lake with telegraph poles, milepost markers and a 400-foot long rock causeway.

Part 1 of 5.

Active, 1914-2005.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2022 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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