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Passing through rock cuts south of Long Lake, CP 4223 leads two other MLW C424 sisters heading southbound on the Nephton Sub at County Road 44 crossing (Mile 10), heading back down to Havelock with traffic from Nephton and Blue Mountain. Timetables indicate the speed on this line in 1987 was a pokey 30mph max, with some 20mph stretches, so the units wouldn't have been moving too quickly through here (although there are grades on the line to tax the power, including a few 1.8% - 2% climbs).  CP's Nephton Sub was constructed in 1954 through rock cuts and swampland as a 16-mile line (later extended to 20 miles) north from Havelock to serve the American Nepheline Ltd's nepheline syenite mines at Nephton and Blue Mountain, still in operation today under Unimin. Those mines are the sole traffic generated on the Nephton Sub, and very likely the main reason it and the Havelock Sub haven't been abandoned by CP yet.  Peter Mumby photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.
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Caption: Passing through rock cuts south of Long Lake, CP 4223 leads two other MLW C424 sisters heading southbound on the Nephton Sub at County Road 44 crossing (Mile 10), heading back down to Havelock with traffic from Nephton and Blue Mountain. Timetables indicate the speed on this line in 1987 was a pokey 30mph max, with some 20mph stretches, so the units wouldn't have been moving too quickly through here (although there are grades on the line to tax the power, including a few 1.8% - 2% climbs).

CP's Nephton Sub was constructed in 1954 through rock cuts and swampland as a 16-mile line (later extended to 20 miles) north from Havelock to serve the American Nepheline Ltd's nepheline syenite mines at Nephton and Blue Mountain, still in operation today under Unimin. Those mines are the sole traffic generated on the Nephton Sub, and very likely the main reason it and the Havelock Sub haven't been abandoned by CP yet.

Peter Mumby photo, Dan Dell'Unto collection slide.

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Peter Mumby photo, Dan Dell'Unto coll. [482] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/05/1987 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 4223 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Mile 10 - CP Nephton Sub (search)
City/Town: Nephton (south of) (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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2 Comments
  1. Spent a day railfanning this line back in 2005. There are not many crossings or access points due to the terrain mentioned in the caption, but certainly a neat operation to see. The C424′s were long gone by then and they were using GP38-2′s with a caboose still!

  2. Awesome – thanks for posting this one!

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