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CPR Algoma District

Sudbury Division

Bascule bridge Sault Ste. Marie. Part 1 and part 2.

When completed in 1913 it was the longest (336 feet) Bascule bridge in the world.

Diesel Gallery (scroll down to steam gallery)

Gallery 4200's MLW C-424

Enginehouse and turntable with yard engine 6506. April 30, 1973.

Westbound 481 with 4730_4503_4706_8820. Note intermoda containers on headend. May 21, 1983.

5747 with lots of pigs at the Levack mileboard ten miles from Cartier. Onaping Falls.

High bridge 115 feet high and 1,695 feet long over the Seguin River at Parry Sound Mile 22.6 Parry Sound Subdivision.
August 1986 Wolf Kirchmeir

5538_5513 crossing bridge Pointe au Baril on the Parry Sound Sub. 5/12/1990 Wolf Kirchmeir

8245_824x eastbound Nairn Centre on the Webbwood Sub. 4/07/1994 Wolf Kirchmeir
This later became shortlined as Huron Central.

CP 6576,6594 m.u. MLW S-3's have 29 cars as they depart the CPR yard heading to the ACR yard with a transfer.
The pair of Alcos on the switch job was not a normal situation. Normal power for this job was either CP 7099 or 8171.
Sault Ste. Marie June 19, 1982 Chuck Schwesinger

6703 long a London Division yard engine is shown in Sudbury. September 24, 1989 Marty Bernard

7094 second to last MLW S-2 ordered #75869 3/1949 sitting at Sault Ste Marie station. June 1978
Paul H. Oliver Jr.

7099 still with original equipment. Sault Ste Marie, 1974 Tom Farence

Note: This was the first CPR MLW S-4 a 20 unit order (7099-7118) and the last for CPR. #76469 6/1949

7099 has just been started up for the afternoon shift yard job and the still-cold engine is smoking on this cool day.
Sault Ste. Marie October 30, 1982 Chuck Schwesinger

Two views of 8109 switching in Espanola. SW1200RS GMD A1489 7/1958 August 1979. Wolf Kirchimeir

When the engine gets out of the way it reveals what it is switching. None other than the "famous" E.B.Eddy pulp mill.

8159_1271 before and after (rebuilt) versions of SW1200RS. 1271 was one of only nine upgraded units to retain transition and therefore still able to operate at normal top road speed of 65 mph compared to 35 mph for yard version. Soo 7/1986.

8171 last SW1200RS GMD A1917 9/1960 Sault Ste Marie 5/15/1974 Bruce Chapman

8437 first order for 21 units (8426-8446) RS-3 MLW 81002 5/1954
Sault Ste. Marie 8/17/1971 Paul Mc.Grane

8716 a CLC-FM unit a stranger on Eastern Lines it is an indication that the Speno train in around with 8715 and 8716 is a spare due to requirement for slow speed control. Two photos Sudbury 1974 Tom Farence

8764-8716 on the shop track.

Passenger service

RDC-2 9112 still has red marker lights lit from inbound train.
Two views. Sault Ste Marie, 1974 Tom Farence

Ready to depart for Sudbury.

9021 westbound at Blind River. October 1976.


Blind River station is mostly hidden behind large tree at right. The buildings in the background to the left are across Highway
17 most gone now. Old Mill Motel, still there, renovated circa 2004, and a good clean place to stay. October 1976.

9021 westbound over Blind River itself. October 1976

9021 westbound at Blind River in March 1976. Wolf Kirchmeir
A single RDC-3 was all that was needed for these daily runs.

No.428 9024 at Blind River eastbound from Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury shortly before discontinuance. Wolf Kirchmeir
Originally shown in public time table as last run May 23, 1977 it was ordered by CTC continued until June 14th.

Steam Gallery

Extra 1266 backing into a siding in Sturgeon Falls. August 1955 Dr. Richard Leonard

G2 Class 2601 sits on the shop track at Chalk River, Ontario eastern limit of Algoma District.
Addy Schwalm/Bruce Chapman Collection

H1 class 2809 on the shop track Chalk River August 1955. Dr. Richard Leonard

Although a little dirty for a passenger engine 2809 may well have been
a protect engine for The Canadian and The Dominion.

M4c 3412 with slope back tender for yard service. CLC 630 9/1904 North Bay c.1947 Al Paterson

Yard engine 3440 switching consist off No. 555 from Ottawa. Road engine is at the shop. It and combine will be wyed for outbound 558 back to Ottawa. Note markers already on coach. (M4d 3421-3440 Schenectady 30292 10/1904)
4014 (MLW FA1 77309 8/1950) leads No. 951 The Coast Freight, Saint John, NB-Vancouver second class
freight train has now been dieselized. Chalk River circa 1950. Bruce Chapman Collection LBC 517

When #556 arrived at Carleton Place from Chalk River about 1000 am, he would meet #563, the morning pool train from Ottawa to Brockville, and then meet the CN to Toronto. So anybody up the valley could get to Toronto that day.
Then the afternoon guy from Chalk, #558, would meet the afternoon pool train #559 at Carleton Place, so the same thing took place. In reverse, #562 would arrive at Carleton Place about 1600, and people would get off and take #557 back to Chalk,
up the valley, they had an hour wait. L.B.Chapman

3491 North Bay 6/01/1935

M4 Class 3528 hides 2813 and 2805 on the shop track at Chalk River. 8/31/1957
Addy Schwalm/Bruce Chapman Collection

N2b 3696 Cyl. 223" x 32" Drv. 57" Press. 190 lbs t.e. 43% MLW 51543 10/1912
Sudbury October 12, 1958 C.T.Feltstead/Bud Laws Collection

P1 5168 on the shop track. North Bay 8/28/1959 A.B.Crompton

P2 class 5361 on the shop track Chalk River August 1955 when it was just another P2. Dr. Richard Leonard

Note the steam supply pipe along the running board towards the front of the engine. This was used in work train service to power a Lidgerwood machine. This engine was a tourist. It finished up on the Algoma Division after having been on the New Brunswick District and in the mountains of BC. Seems it had a problem with breaking staybolts and even after coming out of Angus this problem remained unsolved. Whenever instructions were issued to transfer power to another point the Locomotive Foreman (or, Master Mechanic perhaps) would make the actual selection of an engine within the desired class. Get rid of that #%&* engine! It has been privately preserved in the U.S.

5418 CLC 2022 4/1943 McKerrow 1/1954 Mert Lee/Joseph Testagrose Collection

5455 Bruce Chapman Collection

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