Kirkfield Crushed Stone
by R. L. Kennedy
Narrow gauge engine shoving cars towards incline for unloading.
Kirkfield Crushed Stone located east of Orillia was the last steam industrial operation in Ontario. The quarry operation was narrow gauge (3 foot) with two trains in constant use. Standard gauge trackage was at the crusher and connected with the CNR Coboconk Subdivision. In 1961 the spare narrow gauge steam locomotive was long out of service as was the standard gauge saddletanker. It closed at the end of season in 1961. The Whitcomb 0-4-0 unit went to parent company Dufferin Construction's Dufferin Street plant in Toronto where one of the narrow gauge steam engines was displayed for some time on the front lawn of their offices. All of the steam locomotives were saved, although none have been operated.
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Digital restoration courtesy of Gordon Kennedy.
Leaving the quarry pit area with loads.
Working hard upgrade from the quarry bottom
Ten 4-wheel dump cars were made up into two identical sets.
Still working hard up the grade from the quarry.
Train of empties returning backing up.
Crossing private road.
Both engines side-by-side.
Note ash and coal piles.
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