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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision MP 123.4 (Blende River Viaduct-Pass Lake Trestle)

One hundred ten years ago this week, the first train rolled over the Blende River Viaduct, which is more commonly known as the Pass Lake Trestle. Constructed between May and December 1912 by the Canadian Northern Railway, the viaduct stretches 2258 feet across the Blende River Valley and 130 feet above it.

Opened for traffic in 1915, it remained in use until 2005; the rails around the viaduct were removed in 2008. The iconic structure remains the longest railway trestle in central Canada.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2023 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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Feature Friday January 13, 2022

Then and now photos featuring the Blende River Viaduct, more commonly known as the Pass Lake Trestle. Located northwest of the community of Pass Lake, ON, the first train rolled over its spans 110 years ago this week. In May 2005, the last regular train crossed the viaduct and the rails around it were pulled up in late 2008.

Constructed between May and December 1912 by the Canadian Northern Railway, the viaduct is 2258 feet long and 130 feet high. To bridge the wide Blende River Valley, workers poured 3600 cubic yards concrete and placed 5 million pounds of steel at a cost of $350,000. It remains the longest railway trestle in central Canada.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2023 in History, Railway

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision MP 123.4 (Blende River Viaduct-Pass Lake Trestle)

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision (MP 173.1) at Pass Lake, ON. Features the 2258-foot long, 130-foot tall Blende River Viaduct, which is more commonly referred to as the Pass Lake Trestle. Constructed between May and December 1912, it remains the largest railway trestle in central Canada.

Active, 1914-2005.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2022 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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Feature Friday April 22, 2022

A few drone views of the Blende River Viaduct, more commonly referred to as the Pass Lake Trestle, which is a former railway structure located northwest of the community of Pass Lake, ON. These photos were taken while capturing footage for a video on the viaduct.

Built by Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) in 1912, its construction only took an amazing 8 months to complete. It was situated at Milepost 123.4 of the CNoR-Nipigon Subdivision/Canadian National Railways-Dorion Subdivision and Milepost 173.1 of the later Canadian National Railway Kinghorn Subdivision. At 2258 feet long and 130 feet high, it is the largest railway trestle in central Canada. It saw it last regular train in May 2005.

Viaduct, August 2021.
Viaduct, October 2021.
Viaduct, October 2021.
Viaduct, March 2022.
 
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Posted by on April 22, 2022 in Hiking, History, Railway

 

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Feature Friday April 15, 2022

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Taken in the fall of 1912, crews from the Canadian Bridge Company of Walkerville, Ontario assemble spans of the Blende River Viaduct (Pass Lake Trestle). This structure was one of the biggest engineering projects on the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway line built from Ruel (Sudbury area) to Port Arthur, Ontario between 1911 and 1914. Construction on the 2258-foot trestle, still the longest in central Canada, was completed in only 8 months.

The viaduct under construction, 1912.
 
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Posted by on April 15, 2022 in History, Railway

 

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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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