Logging and Railway Places to See, and Things to
Do(Reprinted From The Fossmill Story)
Iroquois Falls, Home of the Shay Locomotive – Iroquois Falls,
Iroquois Falls has a wide variety of tourist attractions, but from
the point of view of the railway buff their well preserved 70 ton three
truck Shay locomotive, located in the Anson Memorial Park, is
a real treat. This particular Shay was used on the Standard Chemical Company
Railway in the early 1940s (see page 34 of The Fossmill Story). For further
information call (705) 232-4546.
The Komoka Railway Museum – near London, Ontario
This museum is located 8 miles west of London, Ontario and features
a restored 1913 Shay locomotive as well as a wide variety of railway artifacts
and a model railway. It is open from June through September and the $2
entrance fee is a real bargain. For further information call (519) 657-1912
or visit: http://www.komokarail.ca
The National Museum of Science and Technology – Ottawa, Ontario
As the name indicates, this Ottawa museum features many fascinating
exhibits, including a Shay locomotive and railway equipment. Rides on the
Shay are occasionally available under the direction of the Bytown Railway
Society. For further information call (613) 991-3044 or visit:
Cass Scenic Railway State Park – West Virginia
The premier place to see and ride on Shay locomotives. Nestled in the
mountains of West Virginia, the town of Cass has a country store, museum
and train station, all of which can be explored before your trip on one
of the Shay locomotives along their historic railway. For information write
box 107 Cass, West Virginia 24927 or phone 1-800-CALL-WVA or visit: http://www.neumedia.net/~cassrr/
The South Simcoe Railway – Tottenham, Ontario
This memorable train ride from Tottenham to Beeton features restored
1920s coaches pulled by original CNR steam locomotives. The Tottenham Station
has a gift shop and snack caboose. The train operates weekends from May
to November, and more often in July and August. For information call
(905) 936-5815 or visit: http://www.steamtrain.com
Algonquin Park Logger’s Museum – Algonquin Park
This open air walking tour features old logging equipment, such as
an alligator and locomotive, old buildings and a log chute and dam. An
information centre houses the park’s second bookstore. The two mini-dioramas
are very informative. An annual Logger’s Day in July is a must for logging
enthusiasts. For further information call (613) 637-2828 or visit: http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca
Atikokan Centennial Museum and Historical Park – Atikokan, Ontario
A Shay locomotive is on display as well as logging and mining equipment.
For details call (807) 597-6585
The Canadian Ecology Centre – near Mattawa, Ontario
The CEC is located at the Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, east
of Mattawa, Ontario. The new centre combines forestry training, educational
opportunities and eco-tourism in a natural and architecturally unique environment.
For details call (888) 747-7577 or visit:
Centennial Park 1910 Logging Museum – Thunder Bay, Ontario
The museum features a 1910 bush camp and a collection of artifacts
from the 1900s. For information call (807) 625-2313 or fax (807) 625-3258.
The Hope Sawmill Museum – Peterborough, Ontario
This historic lumber mill was built in 1836 and restored at the Otonabee
Regional Conservation Authority near Peterborough. An interesting collection
of carpentry tools is on display at the Peterborough Centennial Museum.
The Hope Sawmill museum is found 1km north of Lang, where the Lang Pioneer
Village is also located.
Latchford Heritage Logging Attraction – Latchford, Ontario
This museum is on the site of the House of Memories Museum in Latchford.
It features a Logger’s Hall of Fame which includes a profile of Sydney
Staniforth of the Fassett/Staniforth companies. It has an H-style bunkhouse
and cookery, a sawmill, ice house and blacksmith shop. For further information
Marten River Provincial Park logging camp – Fifty-five Km. north
of North Bay on Highway 11.
The logging camp contains 8 log buildings and various pieces of logging
equipment can be seen during camp hours. Tours are available Friday through
Sunday in the summer. The camp can be seen without staying at the Park.
For further information call (705) 892-2200 or Fax (705) 892-2142.
Muskoka Pioneer Village – Huntsville, Ontario
This 55 acre village of the 1860 era has a variety of pioneer exhibits
including an old sawmill that saws logs for buildings in the village. Their
steam train, the “Portage Flyer,” will connect in the year 2000 with a
turn of the century train station which will open on July 1, 1999. For
further information call (705) 789-7576 or visit:
Pennsylvania Lumber Museum – Potter County, Pennsylvania
This museum has restored the last remaining Barnhart log loader and
has it on display along with a 1912 Shay locomotive, working sawmill, and
logging camp. For information call (814) 435-2652 or visit: http://www.lumbermuseum.org