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First snow

Ontario's Development Road. ONT 91008, Porquis Junction, Ont., November 8, 2014.

There's a certain magic about the first snow; the crisp air, the delicate beauty, the freshness of a brand new world. It's exciting, invigorating, inspiring. And it's irresistible. So when good fortune and a family gathering found me in Timmins, Ont., for the first significant snowfall of the season, there was just one thing to do. I gulped down my coffee, grabbed the camera bag and headed out into the snow. I found just what I was looking for at Porquis Junction: a pair of ancient 40-foot Ontario Northland boxcars. Long retired from active duty, ONT 91008 and 1850 were good company on a snowy morning. 

Cold steel, fresh snow: ONT 91008 and 1850, Porquis Junction, Ont., November 8, 2014.

ONT 1850

Icicles, ONT 91008

Ancient evidence, ONT 91008

Icicles, ONT 1850

Delicate beauty in the eyes of the beholder.

Delicate beauty in the eyes of the beholder.

Serendipity in the snow

The unexpected call of a distant air horn interrupted my session with the 40-footers at Porquis Junction. I hadn't expected any trains, but the arrival of No. 207, the Englehart-Timmins turn, provided a welcome surprise, and a productive way to work my way back to Schumacher.

ONT SD75I 2103 brings No. 207, the Englehart-Timmins turn, into Porquis Junction, Ont., November 8, 2014.

Dashing through the snow.

Porquis Junction, Ont., November 8, 2014.

Switching at Porquis Junction, Ont.

No. 207 yarding at Kidd, Timmins, Ont.

No. 207 yarding at Kidd, Timmins, Ont.

Homebound for Englehart and re-symboled as No. 308, the Timmins turn crosses the Porcupine River just east of Kidd.

Frozen in time. Abandoned Ontario Northland trackage, South Porcupine, Ont.

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