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Program 135
Agawa Canyon Odyssey / Nickel Plate Road 587

The first part of this program takes place in the Canadian Province of Ontario and the Agawa River Canyon. That's where we spend five days on the Canyon View, Algoma Central Railway's exclusive camp car. There we'll have the whole place to ourselves to enjoy the parade of freight trains, local passenger trains, and the ever-popular Tour Train.

For the second part of the program, we'll take one last ride behind Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive 587 before it is taken out of service for a lengthy and extensive overhaul.

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Our objective, the Agawa River Canyon, 114 rail miles north of Saute Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada. The Algoma Central mainline is visible on the right (west) bank of the river. The Canyon View is on a siding below, hidden by surrounding trees.

Today's Algoma Central Canyon View camp car was originally built in 1972 as Green Bay & Western business car #1776. This photo was put on a company post card.

That former business car would be our home deep in the Agawa Canyon for the next five days.

The camp car is parked next to the Algoma Central mainline on a siding bordered by the Agawa River to the east and the canyon walls to the west.

Who owns the railroad now is evident in this image. Canadian National SD75i's prepare to lead Algoma Central's popular Tour Train south back to Saute Ste. Marie.

Train number 2, the southbound local passenger train, rolls through Canyon. This view is from one of the many trail lacing through the park.

Our last day in the canyon. As the Tour Train departs in the background, train no. 1 (just out of sight to the right) backs down to pick up the Canyon View. This was also the day the Eco-Challenge TV show came to the park.


A bittersweet day at the Indiana Transportation Museum. Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 steam locomotive backs down onto the last train it will haul for a long time.


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