My rotation is done in Moosonee and I’m sitting here on the Ontario Northland Train writing this blog post and will post it once I have the internet once again a little further south.
The train has been a vital part of Moosonee since 1932. The construction was started in 1921 and construction was completed on July 15, 1932. Since it’s opening it has carried many a local passenger, tourists, groceries, cars and even homes.
Up until 2012, the ONR was subsidized by the provincial government where there was the discussion of privatizing the ONR. While I prefer to keep my blog politics free, an agreement was made after the ONR provided a report to the government to restructure and sell of ONTERA their telecommunication’s division.
I remember as a young boy traveling the train just before Christmas to visit my Nanny in Moosonee. Three families would all cram into her 2.5 bedroom base house, the presents almost flowing into the kitchen and wake up to the smell of bacon, coffee, and cigarettes. I can vaguely remember the Commodore 64 computer the family got that sparked my love for all things electronic. After Christmas was done, we’d repack all our gifts in boxes, load them on the train, unload in Cochrane and drive back to Timmins.
Now, twenty plus years later, I continue this routine working in Moosonee. In this case, we bring our clothes, foods that are difficult or expensive to get up there, like rye flour for pumpernickel bread.
If you would like to read a little more about the history of the Ontario Northland Railway, please have a look at the ONR Wiki. If you have any specific questions, please let me know and I will try my best to answer or find someone that might have the answer.
** Historical information provided from Wikipedia.