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Steam in Northern Ontario

A treatment of the Canadian National Railways mainline from Toronto to the Lakehead. This and the Allandale volumes cover the entire Northern Ontario District. One of two titles we reprinted.

Steam in Northern Ontario

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  • hardcover 9" x 11.5", 192 pages

  • 239 photographs, 116 maps, 10 timetables

  • released October 2007, reprinted November 2018

  • ISBN 978-0-9683815-5-7

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Yes, we reprinted Steam in Northern Ontario!

For years, we fielded inquiries from readers, especially newer ones, about getting a copy of this volume we first published in 2006. Only once in 20 years previously did we reprint a title, that being Steam at Allandale (almost nine years after release). We broke the drought again with Steam in Northern Ontario.

A word about the reprint: aside from the occasional typographical correction, the content and layout of Steam in Northern Ontario matches the first edition of 2006. HOWEVER, the second printing is on a state-of-the-art press not available in 2006. We achieved even greater excellence in photo reproduction.

Be sure to also check out Steam Scenes of Northern Ontario. That is a 48-page softcover supplement featuring 87 photographs not included in the hardcover volume for space reasons.

What territory does Steam in Northern Ontario and its companion volume cover?

The books document operations on the CNR Northern Ontario District mainline from the Don Valley in Toronto to the Lake Superior region.

Behold Mikados and F-units hauling manifest freight through remote territory patrolled by school cars.

Watch bullet-nosed Mountains with the solid green heavyweight cars of the Continental wend their way across a landscape of lakes, streams and evergreens as far as the eye can see.

Explore the switching operations of Consolidations handling pulpwood, lumber, coal and paper against a backdrop of log booms and pulp and paper mills between Longlac and Port Arthur.

Travel behind a Pacific aboard an all-night local passenger train, an express extra or a weekly mixed.

Observe the connections with the Ontario Northland at North Bay and the Algoma Central at Oba.

From section houses and water tanks at remote sidings to the coal docks, roundhouses, icing platforms and division point stations at South Parry, Capreol, Foleyet, Hornepayne, Jellicoe, Nakina and Armstrong, this is single track mainline operation at its finest.

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