During the week of Labour Day, my wife and I took our daughter up to a cottage on Buckhorn Lake. While out seeing the Petroglyphs Park (which I recommend everyone taking the time to visit), I took us up to a crossing of the Nephton subdivision of the Kawartha Lakes Railway. This is an operating division of CP that handles the traffic on the Nepthon and Havelock subdivisions. There isn’t much on this line any more, as I mentioned in my post after visiting Havelock last October, but one of the main reasons its still around is Unimin and the nepheline syenite deposits in the open-pit mine near the ghost town of Nephton.
In any event, I found the closest crossing to the Petroglyphs park and pulled over and grabbed some shots. At the top of the post is the cross buck and mileage. Here is the view to the south…
and the view to the north, curving off towards the mines
As you can see, the track is in pretty rough shape. Part of the Shining Waters Railway project is to rehabilitate all of the track that “belongs” to the KLR and bring it up to a higher FRA standard. Whether this ever happens or not is still up in the air, but for now, we have images of rail that can probably handle 10 to 15 MPH at the most. Fortunately, its still there and still active which, in this time of rail abandonment and government apathy to rail projects, is a fortunate thing.