Deluge 2013 washes out major train event (photo)Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
COALITION FOR ALGOMA PASSENGER TRAINS (CAPT)
Following last week’s massive rain storm, the Algoma Central Railway (ACR) tracks upon which participants planned to travel to Hawk Junction were subject to flooding and have since been closed.
CN is currently working hard day and night to repair the damage, but despite their stanch efforts, the work will not be completed in time for the event.
[The reader-supplied photo above shows the rail bridge over the Root River near the Fifth Line with a section of the tracks left dangling in the air after the washout. This circumstance led to cancellation of this year's event.]
The sponsor of the annual event, Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) appreciates the work that Canadian National (CN) is currently doing to repair the tracks and look forward to working with them again next year for this event.
The annual event attracts participants from across North America to the glorious fall colours along the ACR corridor and the magnificent Lake Superior vistas along Highway 17 North.
The 2013 event was to have featured Group of Seven artist A.Y. Jackson, and the event committee was delighted that the son of his esteemed friend Harry Ross was to have attended.
As well, this year Kay Chase from the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers was registered to participate.
Other participants were from as far as England, Montreal and Manitoba.
Notable guests who attended this event in previous years include: Stewart Sheppard, the grandson of Lawren Harris, JEH MacDonald’s grandniece Susan MacDonald, Franklin Carmichael’s granddaughter Catherine Mastin, and Karl Brown, president of the Glenn Gould Society in Ottawa.
This weekend’s event would have marked the 95th anniversary of the Group of Seven artists painting along the Algoma Central Railway.
The goal of the event is to expose participants to the unique Algoma landscapes, many accessible only by train, that have inspired visual and musical artists such as the Group of Seven and Glenn Gould, offering the view of newly discovered painting sites on the way to Hawk Junction.
The same plan for this year will be followed in 2014.
Friday night, participants will gather at the Art Gallery of Algoma for a reception and presentations.
These presentations promise to provide participants with a more thorough understanding of what they will experience over the course of the weekend, including a brief introduction to the ACR, as well as A.Y. Jackson and pianist, Glenn Gould.
On Saturday, travelling north along the ACR from Sault Ste. Marie to Hawk Junction participants will have the opportunity to witness the remarkable landscapes that were painted by members of the Group of Seven with narration by Michael Burtch.
The train ride also features musical entertainment by fiddler Sheila Gruner.
As well on Sunday, on the way back to the Sault, participants will be able to view the extraordinary vistas and experience the feeling of solitude that Glenn Gould sought along the shores of Lake Superior during the “In the Footsteps of Glenn Gould” tour conducted by Dale Innes.
While using the skills and knowledge learned in Sunday morning workshops provided by Taimi Poldmaa, Joanie McGuffin and Johanna Rowe, participants are sure to be inspired while experiencing the Algoma scenery.
The 2014 event will provide participants with the chance to celebrate the legacy of the Group of Seven and Glenn Gould while experiencing the actual locations in Northern Ontario that helped to give rise to their creative expression.
This event has been selling out earlier and earlier each year.
If you would like to be put on the waiting list for the 2014, event please contact Linda Savory Gordon at 705-949-2301, ext. 4320 or by e-mail.