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  • Snowplane at Beardmore
        Residents of Beardmore Ontario pose beside a Snowplane. Snowplanes were the invention of Karl Lorch Of Spy Hill, Saskatchewan. The machines were propeller driven, could carry two to six people, and glided over snow on skis. They were used in rural areas by doctors,mail carriers, and others who needed to ...
      Residents of Beardmore Ontario pose beside a Snowplane. Snowplanes were the invention ...
  • Locomotive CPR 3002
        The locomotive 3002, was built at the Montreal Locomotive Works, and was assigned to service the area between Toronto and Windsor, Ontario
      The locomotive 3002, was built at the Montreal Locomotive Works, and was ...
  • Steam Locomotive '4008' - Rainy River Heritage Museum
        The famous '4008' Locomotive was built in 1916 by Dunkirk of Montreal. It was a Sante Fe type locomotive, which carried 200 pounds of steam pressure and weighed 144 tonnes(288,000 lbs). The '4008' was 81 feet long x 14'11' high and 10'95/8' wide.
      The famous '4008' Locomotive was built in 1916 by Dunkirk of Montreal. ...
  • Chart of No.24RL
        The above chart is a diagram of the braking system used on the Santa Fe 4008.
      The above chart is a diagram of the braking system used on ...
  • Marathon Train Station
        Photo of Marathon Train Station In April of 1944, work began on the mill site. The General Timber depot near the CPR tracks became construction headquarters. Temporary board and tar paper buildings sprang up to the east.
      Photo of Marathon Train Station In April of 1944, work began on ...
  • Canadian Pacific Railway '8000'
        This multipressure locomotive was designed in Montreal at Montreal Locomotive works in 1928. These locomotives were assigned road numbers 5900 through 5919. These were part of the Selkirks, a name chosen for then range of Rockies they travelled and crossed. Exhaust steam was mixed with 250 psi pressure steam from ...
      This multipressure locomotive was designed in Montreal at Montreal Locomotive works in ...
  • C.N.R Ticket(1938)
        Canadian National Railway ticket issued to Mrs. Marander to take the train to market twice per month, from the stop at Wolfe to Fort William in 1938.
      Canadian National Railway ticket issued to Mrs. Marander to take the train ...
  • C.N.R Photo I.D.
        Identification, or pass, for the Canadian National Railway, with photo of trackman and his wife. This would have allowed them free transportation on the CNR. The employees years of service with the CNR, was also recorded on the back of the pass.
      Identification, or pass, for the Canadian National Railway, with photo of trackman ...
  • Locomotive '5468'
        CPR '5468' represents a high pressure oil-fired, heavy freight locomotive. It is one of the last class freight steam locomotives built new for a Canadian Railway. It is currently under lease to the Selkirk Division of the CRHA, Revelstoke, B.C. and is on display at the Revelstoke Railway Museum. Built ...
      CPR '5468' represents a high pressure oil-fired, heavy freight locomotive. It is ...
  • Canadian Pacific Railway Selkirk '5900'
        The Canadian Pacific Railway used a variety of locomotives to lead its trains from coast to coast in Canada. These were built to handle rugged terrain of western Canada. The 'Selkirks' were designed to maintain smooth flow of mainline Canadian Pacific traffic through treacherous winding curves and heavy grades of ...
      The Canadian Pacific Railway used a variety of locomotives to lead its ...
  • C.P.R '2925'
        One of the twenty locomotives of this type designed in the 1930's for CPR's fast intercity passenger services and completed in 1937-38 by the Canadian Locomotive Co. in Kingston, Ontario. Also, referred to as Class Flas 4-4-4, steam locomotive.
      One of the twenty locomotives of this type designed in the 1930's ...
  • Steam Locomotive
        Black and white photo of a steam locomotive once used in the mill, now retired. Referred to as 'Old Dixie'
      Black and white photo of a steam locomotive once used in the ...
  • Presentation of '4008'
        Among the bridge highlights on July 30,1960 was the presentation of the steam locomotive '4008' to the town of Rainy River by C.N.R. VP J.R. McMillian. Among those on the platform with the vice president of western region Mr. McMillian (at front) are Hon. James Maloney,Min.of Mines(left), Mrs. McMillian, Hon. ...
      Among the bridge highlights on July 30,1960 was the presentation of the ...
  • C.N.R. Bridge
        The Canadian National Railway bridge was almost complete in this photo that was taken in 1901.
      The Canadian National Railway bridge was almost complete in this photo that ...
  • C.N.R. Roundhouse and Turntable
        Railroaders would have to dig into their memory to recall the above scene. The name on the train in the photo reads 'North Pacific Manitoba'. The roundhouse or turntable was used at the C.N.R. shops to service the locomotives that were in for repair. The Turntable would turn the trains ...
      Railroaders would have to dig into their memory to recall the above ...
  • Driving Piles at the Big Bridge - Rainy River
        These men are driving pilings at the C.N.R. bridge across the Rainy River in the 1900's. These pilings are part of the platform which permits the turning of the center span of the bridge to allow higher than usual river craft to pass.
      These men are driving pilings at the C.N.R. bridge across the Rainy ...
  • C.N.R. '4008' Santa Fe Steam Locomotive
        The focal point of the Heritage Square in Rainy River Ontario is the '4008', a 2-10-2 Sante Fe type steam locomotive built by Dunkirk in Montreal, 1916. This locomotive was used to haul 65 cars of freight between Rainy River and Atikokan during the 50's. This locomotive was donated by ...
      The focal point of the Heritage Square in Rainy River Ontario is ...
  • C.N.R. Conductors' Hats
        The conductor's job was to punch tickets of passengers with his personalized punch. A conductor could recognize a punch in the ticket and know if it was valid. At his retirement, the conductor would be presented with his punch as a reward and memento of his years of service. The ...
      The conductor's job was to punch tickets of passengers with his personalized ...
  • Baggage Car-Outside
        A photo of the Baggage Car exhibit outside at the Rainy River Heritage Square Museum located in Rainy River Ont. Inside the baggage car are various historical artifacts pertaining to the history of the Canadian National Railway in the surrounding Rainy River/Fort Frances area.
      A photo of the Baggage Car exhibit outside at the Rainy River ...
  • Caboose
        Early wooden cabooses were numbered and then assigned to conductors. It became his home away from home, and was often decorated to suit his personal tastes. The caboose would have been equipped with a pot-bellied stove, ice box, and three beds which would have been used by the conductors and ...
      Early wooden cabooses were numbered and then assigned to conductors. It became ...
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