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May 1899, No. 15 The Railway and Shipping World (Toronto) Page 136, col. 2

Surveys, construction, betterments, &c.


Ontario and Rainy River.—The rock work on the contract for the first 20 miles from Stanley west, on which work has been proceeding all winter, is nearly finished, & the contractor is building camps to open out the whole work remaining on the contract as soon as the frost is out of the ground. The pier & abutments for the bridge across the Kaministiqui River are all but completed, & a large quantity of timber & ties has been taken out. No decision has yet been come to as to whether the line will run south or north of Shebandowan, but the survey to determine this is being pushed. West of the height of land 3 parties are locating along the Atikokan & Seine Rivers. Sounding have been made across Rainy Lake to determine the depth & description of bottom, & several crossings of Rainy River in the townships of Worthington & Attwood have been surveyed & sounded to determine where the best crossing is to be had. Further examinations of crossing are being made near the mouth of the river.

At Rat Portage it is rumored that Rainy Lake will be crossed at Squall Point, & that the line will continue through Indian Reserve B. 18, on a line with the northern boundary of the township of McIrvine, thence northerly & westerly, through the townships of Carpenter & Dobie, to the township of Attwood, near Beaver Mills, passing 2 1/2 miles north of Fort Frances. It is also rumored that Rainy River will be crossed, & connection made with the Manitoba & Southeastern extension in Minnesota, near Beaudette River.

The Ontario Legislature has voted the Co. a cash bonus of $4,000 a mile for the whole line from Stanley to Rainy River, about 280 miles. It also has a Dominion subsidy of $3,200 a mile for 80 miles, this to be increased to a further subsidy of 50% on so much of the average cost of the mileage subsidized as is in excess of $15,000 a mile, the whole subsidy not to exceed $6,400 a mile. It is understood the Co. is now seeking Dominion aid for the whole 280 miles, & that it wants $6,400 a mile irrespective of the cost of construction. (Mar., pg. 72.).

It is expected contracts for 80 miles, beyond the 20 already under construction, will be let this month, to be completed this year.

Railways: O. & R.R.Ry.