1957 souvenir program for last steam locomotive run on ONR (Ontario)


            "Last Run"
of the Steam Locomotive
Ontario Northland Railway
  June 24th-25th 1957


Message from Prime Minister of Ontario, Leslie Frost.

Nice centre spread of steam locomotives used over the years.

Back pages has a Steam Locomotive Roster

12 pages + covers

Condition: Very nice, some slight ages spots on first page.


A train, including a number of official cars, pulled by a 4-6-2 type steam locomotive, toured northern Ontario on Monday and Tuesday, June 24th and 25th, 1957 the official end of the use of steam locomotives as power on the Ontario provincially-owned road.

The locomotive was No .701, a 4-6-2 built by the Canadian Locomotive Company at Kingston in 1921. When purchased originally by the ONR, then the Temiskaming &, Northern Ontario Railway, this loco- motive carried the number 158. In the five-year period 1935-1940, t was No.758 and in 1940 acquired its last number 1701. The engine weighs 36,493 pounds, and is a sister of the No.702, which was sold several years ago to the Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway, where it is still used occasionally.

The train, carrying prominent Ontario Northland and Ontario Provincial officials, as well as many invited guests from the press, left Timmins at 8 :15 AM on Monday, June 24th, it then proceeded with brief stops at Schumacher South Porcupine, and Porquis to Cochrane. Returning southward from Cochrane, with stops again at Porquis, and at Matheson, Ramore, Swastika and Kirkland Lake, the train spent the night at Rouyn-Noranda. Next day, Tuesday, the 25th, it ran from Noranda all the way to North Bay, stopping at Swastika, Englehart, Earlton, New Liskeard, Haileybury, Cobalt, Latchford, Temagami. Arrival at North Bay was made in the CPR station.

Thus was concluded fifty-four years of steam locomotive operation on the T&NO/ ONR, the first engine, a 4-6-0 numbered 101, having been built, like No. 701 at Kingston, in 1903. The event enjoyed excellent newspaper publicity and the railway issued a souvenir booklet, entitled “The End of an Era", to mark the historic occasion.

To those of us who have an affection for the steam locomotive, some consolation was obtained from the knowledge that No. 701 is to be preserved at Englehart as a relic. Familiar with the care and pride of appearance which the Northland has always given to its engines, we are confident that No. 701 will never be allowed to fall to that disreputable appearance which, unfortunately, has been the lot of too many relics of the past.

When the train passed through Englehart an estimated 1,000 persons -- over half the railway town's population of 1, 750, stood in the station platform in a steady rainfall to watch No.701 make history. As the train pulled into North Bay, some five thousand persons were on hand to bid farewell to steam on the Northland.


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