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Intermodal train eastbound to Montreal from the west crosses the CN/CP diamond at Coniston behind CP 5819, 6078 and 5936. With the demise of the Chalk River line in 2012 thru trains no longer run this route but rather turn south at Romford, just to the west of here.  The CN Bala sub from Toronto crosses, running west to Capreol, Winnipeg and beyond. As seen in this photo the trackage off the CN at mile 257.1 is being taken up. (old mine lead??)
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Caption: Intermodal train eastbound to Montreal from the west crosses the CN/CP diamond at Coniston behind CP 5819, 6078 and 5936. With the demise of the Chalk River line in 2012 thru trains no longer run this route but rather turn south at Romford, just to the west of here. The CN Bala sub from Toronto crosses, running west to Capreol, Winnipeg and beyond. As seen in this photo the trackage off the CN at mile 257.1 is being taken up. (old mine lead??)

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1307] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/26/1998 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 5819 (search)
Train Symbol: unknown (search)
Subdivision/SNS: CP Cartier Sub. (search)
City/Town: Coniston (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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10 Comments
  1. Oh oh. I hope you were kidding, Terry.:o)

  2. Great shot from a great vantage point. So now I know who the guy was standing on top of that pile of slag.

  3. Shade? You’d friggin’ bake up there in no time on a hot day. Hot sun and black rock. What a combo. Even a self-respecting tree wouldn’t think of hanging out there.

  4. Great shot Arnold. That was a great spot to spend an afternoon back when Chalk River line was active. Sometimes hard to find shade though. ;)

  5. Thanks, Davis. This was a fun place. So that line does lead off to an old mine? I kinda thought so, as the mound I shot from we referred to as the ‘slag heap’….I was shocked that one day I climbed to the top and there was an landing strip up there !!! Had no idea.

  6. Great one, Mr. Mooney. This being a favourite area of mine it definitely brings up some nostalgia for me. The power, freight consist, landscape – All too familiar. The partially lifted track in the foreground is in fact what’s left of the CN spur in to the now defunct Coniston mine. Still exists roughly in this state today as far as I know although it’s been several years since I’ve vistited the area. Vegetation has also started to make a comeback in these slag hills so it’s also a little more grown over now, that much I do know.

  7. “Superior” was a great beer. Made by Northern, previously Doran Brewery when I first went up there.

  8. Well, we frequented places such as the Townhouse, Beef ‘n Bird, the Grand – and because we were friends with the manager we got into the Grand anytime despite being full and without cover.. and VIP too. Plus getting ball of beer from the Northern Brewery – they sold beer in plastic balls…. like little mini kegs. Oh boy…

  9. South of this rail line is, well, just that, South. Anything North is the Land of the Beer Boys!

  10. I was here 5 years later. Did get one train, 430 coming off the OVR.

    Wish I spent more time here, I wasn’t with railfans – friends and we had drinkin’ to do.

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