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Published on Jul 16, 2011
It's a hot, hazy and humid July day. Could sure use a hot swim in Christie Lake but I rather catch some trains on my day off from work.
Behold, deep in the backwoods of Ontario, CP 235 passes where once there was a siding and small station for Christie Lake. Steam trains once passed through here hustling passengers and freight. Today, diesels haul long freights around elevated curves, up and down grades and through rock cuts of the Canadian Shield. Built in 1913, using the charter for the Campbellford, Lake Ontario and Western Railway, this secition of track was one of the toughest the CPR had to contend with. The "Big Cut" at Christie Lake west of my location, "Deadman's Cut" near Davern Lake and the rock along Sucker Lake required extensive blasting and moving of the rubble to low spots for fill. Cuts and fills were the work of the day for the right of way.
On this day, two veteran SD40-2's were lugging tonnage west towards Toronto. Climbing until Tichborne where the trains would coast down, out of the Canadian Shield for Lake Ontario.