Climb on up and lets embark on a journey through the beautiful wilderness of the North, captured through the many camera lenses of Mike Robin. Join us as we witness first hand, the day to day operations of the North's legendary Ontario Northland Railway. Ready to go? Well, put on your bug spray because we're heading North!
Friday, July 12, 2019
June 2019 in Photos!
Our Saturday Shops Shot features the power for June 2nd's 313 to Hearst. GP38-2's 1802 & 1806 and GP40-2 2200 stand ready on 3 Track at Cochrane Shops June 1, 2019.
She was once GO Transit APU 801. But after 1994 she was Ontario Northland APU 205. She's still powering strong to this day tied in to the Polar Bear Express consist at Cochrane Shops June 1, 2019.
Ontario Northland 'Strap Car' 100509 with her strap container captured at Cochrane Yard June 1, 2019.
Say hello to the newly rebuilt 1801! GP38-2 1801 has been working in and around Cochrane for a little over the last week since her release from North Bay. Here she is in the 'trail' position after arriving on 620 June 1, 2019. Note the ventilation for the unit's APU Warming System above the number board.
GP38-2's 1800 and 1801 captured at Cochrane Yard June 1, 2019.
CN Test RDC 1501 overnights at Cochrane Yard after testing Ontario Ontario Northland's Kapuskasing Subdivision June 4, 2019.
Here's a little something that I found interesting on CN Test RDC 1501 on its overnight tie down at Cochrane June 4, 2019. Each set of horns on either end of the unit have this little socks on them. Now I don't know the official reason for these little socks to be placed on the horns but I'm thinking this is to prevent snow and ice from clogging them. Talk amongst yourselves.
A pogo stick view of dining car 701 at Cochrane Shops captured June 1, 2019.
Train 901 Work 1501, the CN Test Budd Car, waits at the Junction switch at Porquis for a Tie Gang to clear in order for the 1501 to continue testing Ontario Northland's Ramore Subdivision June 6, 2019.
CN Test RDC 1501 rolls through the junction switch at Porquis heading (and testing) to Englehart from Kidd June 6, 2019.
CN Test RDC 1501 tests the Ontario Northland main through Matheson located at mile 66 of the Ramore Subdivision June 6 2019.
CN Test RDC 1501 rounds the bend at Kidd Yard as testing begins of the Ramore Subdivision June 6, 2019.
Switching around power at Cochrane Shops June 8, 2019
Things are beginning to look quite blue at Cochrane Shops June 8, 2019.
Say hello to the 750! The newly built dining car is captured marshalled into the Polar Bear Express consist at Cochrane June 9th, 2019 ready for her inaugural revenue run on Monday morning.
A 'Saturday Shops Shot' featuring Cochrane's resident Trackmobile alongside GP9 1603 June 8, 2019.
The northbound 421 Polar Bear loads up at Cochrane June 7, 2019.
Brand spanking new dining car 750, built at North Bay Shops, sparkles as the sun pops out for a few minutes at Cochrane Shops June 9, 2019.
Headin' for the great wide open. CN Test RDC 1501 heads south out of Porquis bound for Englehart June 6, 2019.
308 with SD75I 2102 on point is ready to head south with Foreman Randy's hi-rail truck in the foreground at Kidd June 6, 2019.
We're at Cochrane Shops June 15, 2019 where we see APCU 221 marshalled into the Polar Bear Express consist as testing of the newly built units continues.
The morning sun rises to greet GP38-2's 1809 and 1808 on Track 3 at Cochrane Shops June 16, 2019.
620's power is lined up for the shop track while 50 footer 2704 sits on shed 2 at Cochrane Yard on a gloomy June 15, 2019
Newly commissioned APCU 221 is seen coupled to her Polar Bear consist at Cochrane on Sunday June 16, 2019 before her Monday morning test trip. APU 205 also accompanied the 221 on the trip as a standby power unit.
Here's a shot of APCU 221 arriving at Cochrane on the 622 Polar Bear June 21, 2019. APU 205 is still included on the opposite end of the passenger car consist as a spare power supply.
The crew of Ditcher #1 Work 1735 at Cochrane Yard runs through necessary paper work before heading south June 22, 2019.
Some Saturday morning lifting before Ditcher #1 heads south from Cochrane Yard June 22, 2019.
We're at mile 5 of the Kirkland Lake Subdivision in the town of Kirkland Lake where members of NARCOA stop to mingle with the residents and grab some lunch June 24, 2019.
We're at Englehart Ontario located at mile 138 of the Temagami Sub as members of NARCOA stop for a break and an opportunity to chat with local residents June 24, 2019. NARCOA is on a 5 day journey from North Bay to Kirkland Lake and Timmins this year.
We're at mile 7 of the Ramore Sub as 4 of the 20 or so member motorcars and hi-railers of the North American Rail Car Operators Association (NARCOA) proceed to Swastika Junction and on to the Kirkland Lake Subdivision June 24, 2019.
113 rolls into Englehart from North Bay June 24, 2019.
The NARCOA convoy rolls past Mike and Kelly who are handling the morning yard job with SD75I 2103 at Englehart June 24, 2019.
Members of NARCOA roll through mile 0.30 of the Kirkland Lake Subdivision as they make their way from Englehart to Kirkland Lake June 24, 2019.
Time for a short break at Englehart as members of NARCOA roll into town from New Liskeard June 24, 2019
A pogo stick view of heritage liveried SD40-2 1730 captured at Englehart June 24, 2019. She's definitely earning her keep and picking up some grime, but still looks great!
A quick staff meeting with Guy from Ontario and Mike from NARCOA during a momentary stop at mile 0.30 of the Kirkland Lake Sub June 24, 2019.
Members from NARCOA mingle with residents during a lunch stop at Kirkland Lake June 24, 2019.
The NARCOA convoy pulls away from Englehart Yard heading north to the Kirkland Lake Subdivision June 24, 2019.
The first summer scheduled 423 Polar Bear Express hustles past Clute (mile 9 of the Island Falls Subdivision) on Sunday June 30, 2019.
Colin protects the tail end as the passenger portion of the 423 Polar Bear Express is brought down from the coach yard at Cochrane June 30, 2019.
423 Polar Bear Crewmember Colin calls out lengths to the head end as APCU 221 is inched back to lift line car 264 on the Ice House Track at Cochrane June 30, 2019.
Mike and Kelly pulling the morning yard job at Englehart with SD75I 2103 June 24, 2019.
Community members from Kirkland Lake take a look at the motor cars and chat with the owners as NARCOA visits June 24, 2019.
There's piggyback and then there's PIGGYBACK! This heavy looking load was captured at Cochrane Yard June 30, 2019.
Members of NARCOA venture onto the Kirkland Lake Sub at Swastika, Ontario June 24, 2019.
Mike and Kelly take a second for a quick staff meeting during their 0600 yard job at Englehart June 24, 2019.