Northern and Pacific Junction Railway
The Northern and Pacific Junction Railway (N&PJ) is a historic Canadian railway located in northern Ontario. It connected the Northern Railway of Canada's endpoint in Gravenhurst to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) at Nipissing Junction, near North Bay. The N&PJ provided an almost straight line north-south route from Toronto to the transcontinental line, competing with a similar line of the Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) a short distance to the east.
Owned jointly by the Northern Railway of Canada and the Hamilton and North-Western Railway, the N&PJ railway was created March 4, 1881, by Canadian charter, under the name Northern, North-Western, and Sault Ste. Marie Railway Company. Construction was commenced at Gravenhurst in 1885 and completed to a connection with the CPR in 1886. The N&PJ along with its operating company, the Northern and North-Western Railway, was absorbed by the Grand Trunk Railway in 1888 and later by Canadian National Railways. This rail line continues to exist as Canadian National's Newmarket subdivision.
Principal stations along this route, from Gravenhurst are:
- Scotia Junction (connection to Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway)
- Burk's Falls
- South River
- Trout Creek
- Lake Nosbonsing Road (formerly Nosbonsing and Nipissing Railway)
- Nipissing Junction (original 1886 connection with CPR, to North Bay station).