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On a cold and crisp December 18, 2001 I was in Hornepayne, ON putting a new snow clearing machine into service for CN. After going through basic training with the operator and mechanics I wandered around the yard to snap a few photos. While the weather was not cooperating with adequate lighting or warmth, I made the best of my time capturing what I could because it was quite evident that with each passing year there would be less and less to shoot in the once thriving division point. The two roll up doors on the end of the house provide access to the Work Equipment repair area where MOW machines are serviced, repaired, and often stored during the winter. The two silver roll up doors seen in the middle of the photo provide access to the under roof turntable within this unique structure.
A great view of the turntable can be had by viewing Craig Allen's photo from 01/01/2000 http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=13460
From where I was standing to take this shot of the roundhouse, I turned 180 degrees to capture this view of the deteriorating Hornepayne station http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=20428
I'm guessing that 16 years later in 2017 the entire area looks even more depressing.
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Caption: On a cold and crisp December 18, 2001 I was in Hornepayne, ON putting a new snow clearing machine into service for CN. After going through basic training with the operator and mechanics I wandered around the yard to snap a few photos. While the weather was not cooperating with adequate lighting or warmth, I made the best of my time capturing what I could because it was quite evident that with each passing year there would be less and less to shoot in the once thriving division point. The two roll up doors on the end of the house provide access to the Work Equipment repair area where MOW machines are serviced, repaired, and often stored during the winter. The two silver roll up doors seen in the middle of the photo provide access to the under roof turntable within this unique structure. A great view of the turntable can be had by viewing Craig Allen's photo from 01/01/2000 http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=13460 From where I was standing to take this shot of the roundhouse, I turned 180 degrees to capture this view of the deteriorating Hornepayne station http://www.railpictures.ca/?attachment_id=20428 I'm guessing that 16 years later in 2017 the entire area looks even more depressing.

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Paul O'Shell [159] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/18/2001 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN (search)
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Subdivision/SNS: Hornepayne, Ruel/Caramat (search)
City/Town: Hornepayne (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Yes, it was quite the structure back in the day Lance. I recall being in the turntable portion of the shop many times when it was still in daily use and packed with everything from locomotives, wrecking cranes, cabooses, boarding cars, and supply cars. Have another look at Craig’s photo and you will see a small orange ‘battery powered’ locomotive sitting at the far end of the turntable. In order to avoid the smoke and fumes as much as possible inside the enclosed turntable area, this switcher was used to move equipment to and from the house. There were however times when a locomotive, the wrecker, or a piece of work equipment was fired up and the air inside became a little ‘blue’. :-)

  2. Most interesting Paul. Followed your link to Craig’s photo. First time for me seeing an indoor table. I bet they enjoyed it during the winter months. Although a smoky Alco could be a nuisance in there. Idle her easy as you go on and off the table. :-)

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