Iron mining on the line revived with the coming of World War II and it was a very different world for decades. As well, taking advantage of the magnificent Algoma scenery, the railway set up a significant Agawa Canyon Tour business, attracting thousands of new customers.
As happens in northern Ontario, iron mining again declined and disappeared. The railway once more faced bad financial times except for its Steamship Division.
Considered for outright abandonment, the railway was bought by Wisconsin Central with the aid of the provincial government. Then, as the Canadian National empire expanded with the Wisconsin Central purchase, CN became the ACR’s new owner.
This black and white, 64-page staple bound book has over 130 photos and graphics showing the huge changes to the company over the years.
Northern Ontario Rails in colour
Almost 300 Colour Images Covering Rail Operations Between the Borders of Manitoba & Quebec and from Lake Simcoe north to salt water at Moosoneee.
The 128-page soft-cover book is divided into sections leading off with maps from the 1990 edition of the Canadian Railway Atlas published by the Railway Association of Canada.
Text in each section further defines what is and what has changed while detailed captions fill in the significance.
— 144 pages, soft covered, 8.5 by 11 inches • all black and white • heavily illustrated with detailed captions • extensive text madeup of short histories of the rail operations of the Algoma Central, Algoma Eastern, Bruce Mines & Algoma, Algoma Steel, International Transit and the Canadian Pacific Sault branch • over 300 photographs and other graphics.
National Passenger Chronicle, Volume 4
The most recent in a series on Canadian National passenger history, including what was before and what followed. Soft covered in 128 pages, 11 by 8.5 inches with black & white AND colour illustrations.
Sudbury Electrics and Diesels
— 160 pages, HARD cover, 8.5 by 11 inches • a 16 page colour insert • mining and its link to railways, including those owned by mining companies • covers history from the 1880s until early 21st century • notes a rich source of revenue for Canadian Pacific, Canadian Northern, Canadian National and the Algoma Eastern • covers specifics of Canadian Copper Company, Mond Nickel, British America Nickel, International Nickel (INCO) and Falconbridge Nickel • illustrated with 303 black & white photographs and 36 colour images, 26 maps & diagrams • nine rosters of steam, diesel and electric locomotives • information NOT available in any other single source.
Updated 2015: Catalogue of Nickel Belt Rails publications.
Nickel Belt Rails
Box 483, Station “B”
For more information please email Nickel Belt Rails Publisher Dale Wilson at dale (dot) wilson (at) fibreop (dot) ca