Ontario and Rainy River Railway

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Ontario and Rainy River Railway
Industry Railway
Predecessor Canadian Northern Railway, Canadian National Railway
Founder McKenzie and Mann[1]
Defunct Defunct
Headquarters Rainy River, Ontario
Number of locations
Branch offices: Fort Frances, Ontario
Shipyards: Rainy River
Area served
Routes: Rainy River to Fort Frances
Services Shipping company

The Ontario and Rainy River Railway was a railway that existed briefly in the late 19th century. Construction of the line began in 1896, and was completed in 1898.[2]

The rail line ran from Rainy River, Ontario to Fort Frances, Ontario with eventual plans to connect to Port Arthur, Ontario[3] in the West, and to the Manitoba and Southeastern Railway[4], via a new Steel bridge at Rainy River. After the Baudette-Rainy River Rail Bridge was completed in 1901, the company was quickly absorbed by the Canadian Northern Railway[5], which built a roundhouse, a bunkhouse (to house train crews between shifts), a hotel and several other pieces of equipment at the town. It later was taken over and absorbed by the Canadian National Railway in 1923, and still operates as an active rail line.[6]


  • Atikokan, Ontario: demolished and replaced by CNR station in 1923[7]
  • Rainy River, Ontario: now 201 Atwood Avenue (Highway #11) and 4th Street (next to Ontario Travel office) and now used as Rainy River Municipal offices and seniors centre
  • Stratton, Ontario: moved to end of Theker Street and current vacant
  • Barwick, Ontario: moved to Lake Road and currently vacant
  • Fort Frances, Ontario: now at 140 Fourth Street West at Cornwall Avenue and used as office space and community use (Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, local MP office, etc...)
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario: now 2212 Sleeping Giant Parkway near North Water Street and used as commercial and offices