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Further to Mr. Mooney's August 9, 1985 photo from the backside of CN's Hornepayne station, here is what it looked liked from the front side 16 years later in December 2001.  The absence of tenants, heat and caretakers has certainly taken its toll on the once busy structure. I am sure that in 2015, 14 years after this shot, the station and attached buildings must be a total disaster. The shop building (behind me) was still active in 2001 when I was there commissioning a new snow fighting machine. It stored CN vehicles, some work equipment machines, and a few pieces of rolling stock required for emergency purposes, and, the under roof turntable was still functioning. The town, the station, the shops and yard are but a shadow of themselves from when I lived and worked there in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Hornepayne has become but another casualty of the bigger, better, stronger, faster, more reliable trains, track, and service personnel across the system. Although that is a sad commentary, it is a good thing for railroading.
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Caption: Further to Mr. Mooney's August 9, 1985 photo from the backside of CN's Hornepayne station, here is what it looked liked from the front side 16 years later in December 2001. The absence of tenants, heat and caretakers has certainly taken its toll on the once busy structure. I am sure that in 2015, 14 years after this shot, the station and attached buildings must be a total disaster. The shop building (behind me) was still active in 2001 when I was there commissioning a new snow fighting machine. It stored CN vehicles, some work equipment machines, and a few pieces of rolling stock required for emergency purposes, and, the under roof turntable was still functioning. The town, the station, the shops and yard are but a shadow of themselves from when I lived and worked there in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Hornepayne has become but another casualty of the bigger, better, stronger, faster, more reliable trains, track, and service personnel across the system. Although that is a sad commentary, it is a good thing for railroading.

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Paul O'Shell [159] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/18/2001 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
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Subdivision/SNS: Hornepayne/Ruel/Caramat (search)
City/Town: Hornepayne (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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7 Comments
  1. Nice, Paul. Before I even looked close at this image, the memory of a huge flock of pigeons came back to me. And yep, there they are!!!Big monstrosity held together by pigeon poop.

  2. Very nice. Do either of you have photos of Manitouwadge or Hillsport?

  3. Sorry Brad, I worked in and around Hillsport for several years but didn’t take any photos that I can recall. P.

  4. Hey guys, this is coming in pretty late, but I just finished screening some of my great grandfathers 8mm home movies. One of them was a trip on VIA from Toronto to Vancouver in 1964. I have an image of them outside this station (when it was clearly active and not in such decay).

    It’s pretty amazing to see this photo as the “after” to my “before” I’m just uploading the film to youtube so will post the link if you guys want to see it.

  5. It’s never too late for more images. I lived and went to school in Hornepayne in 1961, 62 & 63. The school was at the top of the hill behind the station. About a hundred yards from where Arnold stood when he took his shot of the backside of the station. http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=20415
    It will be nice to see some footage of Hornepayne from 1964.

  6. Did the video ever make it to youtube?

  7. Demolition of station began in Oct 2020.

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