June 2001                                          Photo: Heb Evans

Photo: portage railway, 1965, Keewadyin, Misehkow River

Portage Railway, NW Ontario - 1965 

Section A using a 400-yard portage railway on the Misehkow River. The tracks were made by laying spruce poles end to end. The builder is not known, but Heb said the "engineering feat was terrific." The section was on its way to the Albany River.

The canoes had to be carried, of course, and the bowmen each took a load across since we were uncertain about the workability of the car. But as most of the rest were still slogging their way across the swamp, Beaver [Biff Hinman] came rolling back with the car in perfect shape. The second loads were piled on it, and the return slowly made to avoid derailment on the curves. 

      Heb Evans' log

It was quite a production. We decided it would be easier if we loaded all our stuff onto this cart that ran on a railway of logs. We pushed it with great difficulty across the portage, and it was all we could do to keep the thing from tipping over. Of course, the "railway" ended up being far more difficult than portaging the regular way.

Dave Chapin, recounting how Section E with Heb as staff, also used the railway in 1981. It had been recently renovated a short time before.

 

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