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Feature Friday January 27, 2023

Then and now featuring CN 5227 and 5216 in September 1993 as they round a curve and lead an eastbound into the station at Orient Bay, ON while the high cliffs of the Pijitawabik Palisades loom in the background. Orient Bay was one of the major stations on this line when it was opened by Canadian Northern Railway in 1915. Located at Milepost 41.3/91, it was home to a station, two section houses, water tank and wilderness resort.

Thirty years later, the Palisades still remain but the rails are long gone (photo taken in May 2022). After becoming part of Canadian National Railways, the line was known as the Dorion Subdivision until 1960 when it was merged with the more eastern Kinghorn Subdivision. Twelve years after the first photo was taken, the last train would run on the line and the rails were pulled up in 2010.

Photo courtesy of Bill Hooper

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2023 in History, Railway

 

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Luna’s Offbeat Adventures-Episode I

Hi everyone! My name is Luna and I’m a very active and curious Labradoodle. I love to follow my dad on his history exploration adventures, so he decided to put a camera on me to record what I see while we’re hiking. It’s in its armoured housing, so the audio is muffled, the harness doesn’t always stay in the right spot and the GoPro can’t always compensate for my movements, so there are no awards for sound and cinematography here (seriously, it’s very shaky at times). It’s just raw, minimally edited video.

This episode took us the area south of Macdiarmid, ON, where we explored the railway grade from the Postagoni River to Orient Bay Station. The views of Pijitawabik Bay and the cliffs of the Pijitawabik Palisades are incredible.

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

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision MP 45-49.1 IV

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision near McKirdy, ON. Features the grade between Highway 11 and Keemle Lake with cuttings, a small span bridge and great views of the Pijitawabik Palisades.

Part 4 of 4.

Active, 1914-2005.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2020 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision MP 45-49.1 II

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision near McKirdy, ON. Features the grade alongside Sinclair Lake, with cuttings, embankments, a small trestle bridge and great views of the Pijitawabik Palisades.

Part 2 of 4.

Active, 1914-2005.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2020 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision MP 45-49.1 I

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision along the southern part Orient Bay, ON. Features the grade alongside bay with beautiful views of the Pijitawabik Palisades and a concrete culvert where Keemle Creek empties into the bay.

Part 1 of 4.

Active, 1914-2005.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2020 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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CNoR/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision MP 40.7-45 V

Video of the former Canadian Northern Railway/CN-Kinghorn (Dorion) Subdivision along Orient Bay, ON. Features the grade alongside Orient Bay with a small bridge, embankments, beautiful views of the Pijitawabik Palisades.

Part 5 of 5.

Active, 1914-2005.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2020 in Hiking, History, Railway, Video

 

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