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ONR's Englehart to Noranda train passes the Macassa Mine tailings disposal pond on the west side of the City of Kirkland Lake. Power this day is ONR 1731, 1800 and 1809. Many years ago tailings were pumped directly into this 'lake', but those days are gone and in this view we can see cleanup of the now disused pond under way. The water is being pumped out, the pond is isolated and being filled in as it was rather deep. The pump can be seen, as well as heavy equipment brought in to gently slope the shoreline as the pond is gradually eliminated. On the other side of this bridge is the kirkland lake itself. By the looks of google maps it appears not very much is left but green algae and sludge in the remaining pond. The train shown is a daily, at least back then, it ran to Noranda leaving Englehart early morning 0600 and returning there around 2100. Last time I saw it, 10 years back, power was one or two SD75I units depending on tonnage..
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Caption: ONR's Englehart to Noranda train passes the Macassa Mine tailings disposal pond on the west side of the City of Kirkland Lake. Power this day is ONR 1731, 1800 and 1809. Many years ago tailings were pumped directly into this 'lake', but those days are gone and in this view we can see cleanup of the now disused pond under way. The water is being pumped out, the pond is isolated and being filled in as it was rather deep. The pump can be seen, as well as heavy equipment brought in to gently slope the shoreline as the pond is gradually eliminated. On the other side of this bridge is the kirkland lake itself. By the looks of google maps it appears not very much is left but green algae and sludge in the remaining pond. The train shown is a daily, at least back then, it ran to Noranda leaving Englehart early morning 0600 and returning there around 2100. Last time I saw it, 10 years back, power was one or two SD75I units depending on tonnage..

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A.W.Mooney [900] (more) (contact)
Date: 04/21/1998 (search)
Railway: Ontario Northland (search)
Reporting Marks: ONR 1731 (search)
Train Symbol: unknown (search)
Subdivision/SNS: ONR Kirkland Lake Sub. (search)
City/Town: Kirkland Lake (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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  1. Love these old ONR images! Nice reflection.

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