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A few of my pics along the abandoned ex. Midland and Northern rail lines

The Midland Town Elevator was the end of the line in the early-1990s

Midland, Ontario's last train station and grain elevator

Canadian National GP9RM 4102 Shunting cars in Midland, Ontario

Train photobombs my sailboat pic on Midland Bay...

Midland Cannonball

Rainy day at Tiffin

The last train leaves Midland, Ontario on Oct 7, 1994

The pond at Tiffin. A housing and condo development are here now

The Tiffin Elevator's foundations now serve a condominium complex

Another bad weather day at the Wye Trestle

Location of abandoned wye connecting branch line through Wyebridge

On top of the "Hole in the Wall" at Hogg's Bay

The reconditioned caboose at Hogg's Bay - Port McNicoll elevator in background

Hogg Creek

Looking across Hogg's Bay at Port McNicoll

Many photographs were taken from the Park St. bridge in Victoria Harbour

The barn still stands near Sturgeon Bay

The final train heads around the sweeping curve at Sturgeon Bay

Rounding the curve at Waubaushene

This church was constructed in 1881 - five years after the Midland Railway arrived

Near Coldwater Road in Waubaushene, Ontario

52¢ for gas at the "Flying D" in Fesserton

Heading east towards Coldwater near Fesserton

Crossing the Coldwater River in Coldwater, Ontario

Constructed first, the CN line had the right-of-way over the CPR

Wainman Line looking northwest - Sept. 1992

The cut near Foxmead

No longer an offset level crossing, the cut at Thorburn Rd has been filled

Uthoff Quarry - Montreal Locomotive Works S-3

Stone train hauled by two SD40-2 locomotives begins to climb eastward near Uthoff

From my evergrowing "where did I take that?" collection - I suspect near Silver Creek

Heading downhill into Orillia from the west

Last train from Uthoff rounding the curve at Huronia Rd. on March 10, 1995

Slow going through Couchiching Beach Park in Orillia

Canada's #1 train on the old Midland line through Orillia

Atherley Narrows at dusk w/almost new Dash 8-40CM 2406

MLW M-420 on the old Northern line at Midland Junction in Orillia

The southbound 450 w/new CN North America paint scheme in Orillia

Headed south under Hwy 12 in Orillia

South of Orillia and headed for Toronto

End of an era! No caboose on the last train servicing the Midland line in Orillia

Today this view from the ridge is obstructed by overgrowth - Hawkwstone, Ontario

This gentleman recalled the steam-era at Oro Station

About to pass under Ridge Road near Shanty Bay w/MLW C-630M 2031

The 450 at Kempenfelt Park, Barrie

Midland Turn - Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie, Ontario

The southbound "Canadian" at Barrie

Crossing the Nottawasaga River on the old Northern

Headed for Collingwood on a right-of-way contructed in 1855

Batteaux Creek near Collingwood, Ontario

Rail Removal Pics sent in by Christopher Furman

Chris had sent me some great pics from his youth when the rail removal crew was working in Orillia and he has graciously agreed to have them posted for your viewing pleasure. Later in life, Chris is now working in the industry and spent two years under contract removing the old CP line between Mattawa and Smith's Falls.

A young Mr. Furman on the porch of GP40-2L(w) 9438 in Orillia, Ontario.

At the wye near the station and Midland Junction.

With the Ossawippi Express in the background, this is certainly the Mississaga St. crossing.

Another view from Mississaga St with the old CP Rail Station in the background.

At the Elgin St. crossing a supporting cast of cars between the CWR cars and head end units.

Front end of the continuous welded rail cars.

An excellent pic from the cab looking east along the right-of-way that parallels Atherley Road.

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