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  • Canadian National Railways Schedule (1929)
        Cover of an actual schedule from Canadian National Railways, August 1929. This timetable shows local departure and arrival times across Canada and the Western region. Mileage was 11,345 miles. The whole CNR system was 22,790 miles, the largest railway system in America in 1929.
      Cover of an actual schedule from Canadian National Railways, August 1929. This ...
  • Locomotive '4008'
        A view of the Sante Fe, type 4008. This was the largest engine used by the C.N.R. because the trip to Rainy River and Atikokan was hillier than the average prairie landscape and required more power. The final run for the '4008' was on December 2, 1958, with engineer John ...
      A view of the Sante Fe, type 4008. This was the largest ...
  • Aerial View of Washout
        In this photo we see the damage to C.N.R. tracks, hydro lines and culverts that resulted after the heavy rainfall in June 2002. This aerial photo was taken two miles from Flanders Station near Rainy River, Ontario.
      In this photo we see the damage to C.N.R. tracks, hydro lines ...
  • Canadian National Track Placement - Red Rock (1937)
        Black and white photo of Mr. Johnston, a CNR superintendent and promoter, and other officials locating a place for the CN tracks in Red Rock, May 1937. In the background is Lake Sulphite.
      Black and white photo of Mr. Johnston, a CNR superintendent and promoter, ...
  • Construction of C.N. Tracks (1937)
        Black and white photo of C.N. officials in conference on tracks, Red Rock,Ontario,in 1937.
      Black and white photo of C.N. officials in conference on tracks, Red ...
  • Construction of the Canadian National (May 1937)
        Photo of C.N. officials surveying the work under construction May 19, 1937. Red Rock, Ontario.
      Photo of C.N. officials surveying the work under construction May 19, 1937. ...
  • Red Rock Engine - CN Train (1957)
        An example of a Canadian National locomotive. Diesel and electric power were used around industrial settings or private trackage. Versions were built for common carrier, military and industrial applications and were commonly used in North America.
      An example of a Canadian National locomotive. Diesel and electric power were ...
  • Train Derailment (1980)
        Black and white photo showing Bob Beaugeron, and Howard Stanseel waiting. The train was stuck at the crossing.
      Black and white photo showing Bob Beaugeron, and Howard Stanseel waiting. The ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Caboose
        A closer view of the caboose at the Rainy River Heritage Square Museum. Each caboose was numbered and assigned to a conductor. In the early years, the caboose was equipped with a pot bellied stove, ice box and sleeping quarters for the trainmen on the train. With the 'Run Through', ...
      A closer view of the caboose at the Rainy River Heritage Square ...
  • C.N.R. Coal Docks - Rainy River
        The Canadian National Railway coal docks in Rainy River, Ontario, opened in 1901 and closed in 1960.
      The Canadian National Railway coal docks in Rainy River, Ontario, opened in ...
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