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  • Miner's Lamp
    Miner's Lamp
    image       A miner's lamp ensures the burning of a protected flame in the presence of an explosive gas by regulating the necessary supply of atmospheric air and by allowing the products of combustion to pass through without igniting the gaseous atmosphere. If the atmosphere is so heavily charged that noxious gas ...
    image     A miner's lamp ensures the burning of a protected flame in the presence of an explosive gas by regulating the necessary supply of atmospheric air and by allowing the products ...
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  • C.N.R. Conductors' Hats
    C.N.R. Conductors' Hats
    image       The conductor's job was to punch tickets of passengers with his personalized punch. A conductor could recognize a punch in the ticket and know if it was valid. At his retirement, the conductor would be presented with his punch as a reward and memento of his years of service. The ...
    image     The conductor's job was to punch tickets of passengers with his personalized punch. A conductor could recognize a punch in the ticket and know if it was valid. At his ...
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  • Plaque- The Last Steam Locomotive '4008'
    Plaque- The Last Steam Locomotive '4008'
    image       The '4008' was a 'Santa Fe' type locomotive. In it's lifetime, it pulled 65 cars and carried 5000 tons of grain from Thunder Bay to Atikokan (143 miles). It was often called the 'pig' as it used 20-25 tons of coal during each trip. The last trip for the '4008' ...
    image     The '4008' was a 'Santa Fe' type locomotive. In it's lifetime, it pulled 65 cars and carried 5000 tons of grain from Thunder Bay to Atikokan (143 miles). It was ...
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  • Baggage Car-Inside
    Baggage Car-Inside
    image       A look at the inside of the baggage car at the Rainy River Heritage Square Museum. Inside this exhibit are various tools used by employees of the railway. Enginemen's torch, tallow pot, Carman's lantern, Operators hoop are just a few of the memorabilia that can be seen at the museum.
    image     A look at the inside of the baggage car at the Rainy River Heritage Square Museum. Inside this exhibit are various tools used by employees of the railway. Enginemen's torch, ...
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  • Baggage Car-Outside
    Baggage Car-Outside
    image       A photo of the Baggage Car exhibit outside at the Rainy River Heritage Square Museum located in Rainy River Ont. Inside the baggage car are various historical artifacts pertaining to the history of the Canadian National Railway in the surrounding Rainy River/Fort Frances area.
    image     A photo of the Baggage Car exhibit outside at the Rainy River Heritage Square Museum located in Rainy River Ont. Inside the baggage car are various historical artifacts pertaining to ...
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  • Baggage Car-Inside
    Baggage Car-Inside
    image       Another view of the baggage car at the Rainy River Heritage Square Museum in Rainy River Ontario.
    image     Another view of the baggage car at the Rainy River Heritage Square Museum in Rainy River Ontario.
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  • Caboose
    Caboose
    image       Early wooden cabooses were numbered and then assigned to conductors. It became his home away from home, and was often decorated to suit his personal tastes. The caboose would have been equipped with a pot-bellied stove, ice box, and three beds which would have been used by the conductors and ...
    image     Early wooden cabooses were numbered and then assigned to conductors. It became his home away from home, and was often decorated to suit his personal tastes. The caboose would have ...
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  • Caboose
    Caboose
    image       A closer view of the caboose at the Rainy River Heritage Square Museum. Each caboose was numbered and assigned to a conductor. In the early years, the caboose was equipped with a pot bellied stove, ice box and sleeping quarters for the trainmen on the train. With the 'Run Through', ...
    image     A closer view of the caboose at the Rainy River Heritage Square Museum. Each caboose was numbered and assigned to a conductor. In the early years, the caboose was equipped ...
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  • C.N.R. Yards Looking East - Rainy River
    C.N.R. Yards Looking East - Rainy River
    image  1935,     This is the C.N.R. rail yard in Rainy River as it appeared in 1935. It is quite a contrast from the current operation. Today the yards handle tonnage far in excess of what was handled during the 'steam engine' days. This is done without the benefit of the shops, coal ...
    image  1935,   This is the C.N.R. rail yard in Rainy River as it appeared in 1935. It is quite a contrast from the current operation. Today the yards handle tonnage far in ...
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  • C.N.R Yards Looking East, Rainy River (1935)
    C.N.R Yards Looking East, Rainy River (1935)
    image  1935,     A view of the Canadian National Railway yards as it appeared in 1935, looking east in Rainy River, Ontario. This is quite a contrast from today's local operation which handles tonnage far in excess of the 'steam engine' days, without the benefit of the shops, coal docks, turntable, freight shed, ...
    image  1935,   A view of the Canadian National Railway yards as it appeared in 1935, looking east in Rainy River, Ontario. This is quite a contrast from today's local operation which handles ...
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  • C.N.R. Conductor Hats
    C.N.R. Conductor Hats
    image       The gentlemen that wore these hats were conductors for the railroad. In this position, they were the most visible of the railway men. They were responsible for assisting the public traveling on the trains. Their principal task would have been to punch the tickets. The conductor's punch was similar to ...
    image     The gentlemen that wore these hats were conductors for the railroad. In this position, they were the most visible of the railway men. They were responsible for assisting the public ...
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  • Canadian National Railway Station - Rainy River
    Canadian National Railway Station - Rainy River
    imagecomment       An earlier glimpse of the C.N.R. depot in Rainy River. Rainy River was the division point between Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. The dimensions of the 129'x30' depot is unique as it has the absence of a bay window, commonly found in other C.N.R. terminals. This station was built in 1918 ...
    imagecomment     An earlier glimpse of the C.N.R. depot in Rainy River. Rainy River was the division point between Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. The dimensions of the 129'x30' depot is unique as ...
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  • Chart of No.24RL
    Chart of No.24RL
    image       The above chart is a diagram of the braking system used on the Santa Fe 4008.
    image     The above chart is a diagram of the braking system used on the Santa Fe 4008.
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  • Lumbering Center - Rainy River (early 1900's)
    Lumbering Center - Rainy River (early 1900's)
    image  ~1900,     Proof of Rainy River's importance as a major lumbering center in the early 1900's is evident from this photo. Thousands of board feet of lumber are piled and ready for shipment to far off markets.
    image  ~1900,   Proof of Rainy River's importance as a major lumbering center in the early 1900's is evident from this photo. Thousands of board feet of lumber are piled and ready for ...
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  • Rainy River Aerial View
    Rainy River Aerial View
    image  1900,     Aerial view of Rainy River showing its importance as a major lumbering center as early as 1900. Rainy River was the mid point transfer for shipment of grain from the west and lumber to the east, for shipment to far off markets.
    image  1900,   Aerial view of Rainy River showing its importance as a major lumbering center as early as 1900. Rainy River was the mid point transfer for shipment of grain from the ...
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  • Rainy River
    Rainy River
    imagemystery  June 2002,     Coloured photo of the rise in river flow after the flood in June 2002, Rainy River Ontario.
    imagemystery  June 2002,   Coloured photo of the rise in river flow after the flood in June 2002, Rainy River Ontario.
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  • C.N.R. Coal Docks - Rainy River
    C.N.R. Coal Docks - Rainy River
    imagemystery       The Canadian National Railway coal docks in Rainy River, Ontario, opened in 1901 and closed in 1960.
    imagemystery     The Canadian National Railway coal docks in Rainy River, Ontario, opened in 1901 and closed in 1960.
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  • Seine River Washout
    Seine River Washout
    imagemystery  June 2002,     Damage to the railroad tracks was caused by heavy rainfall in the area of Rainy River-Fort Frances.
    imagemystery  June 2002,   Damage to the railroad tracks was caused by heavy rainfall in the area of Rainy River-Fort Frances.
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  • Aerial View of Washout
    Aerial View of Washout
    imagemystery  June 11 2002,     Aerial view of damage to C.N.R. tracks submerged by tree boughs and debris from overflow of the river.
    imagemystery  June 11 2002,   Aerial view of damage to C.N.R. tracks submerged by tree boughs and debris from overflow of the river.
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  • Driving Piles at the Big Bridge - Rainy River
    Driving Piles at the Big Bridge - Rainy River
    image  1900,     These men are driving pilings at the C.N.R. bridge across the Rainy River in the 1900's. These pilings are part of the platform which permits the turning of the center span of the bridge to allow higher than usual river craft to pass.
    image  1900,   These men are driving pilings at the C.N.R. bridge across the Rainy River in the 1900's. These pilings are part of the platform which permits the turning of the center ...
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