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  1. Old Robin Hood Flour Mill May 12, 2016 One of two flour mills in Port Colborne, the other being the Maple Leaf Mill located north of the lighthouse at the entrance to the harbour. Until recently, Port Colborne was the largest flour milling site in Canada. The large steel structure to the left of the building was a guide for the 15-storey ship unloader, called the “marine tower”, which rolled back and forth on railway tracks. The elevator itself has a capacity of 2.25-million bushels of wheat. Ever since the First Welland Canal was completed to Port Colborne in 1833, Great Lakes ship owners have attempted to lower their overhead costs by constructing larger and larger vessels. When the grain growing areas of the Canadian prairies opened up during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, new bulk carriers were launched to transport grain from Fort William and Port Arthur (present-day Thunder Bay) to ports in eastern Canada and the United States. Many of these ships were too large to pass through the Canal locks. Therefore Port Colborne developed into an important trans-shipment point for the loading and unloading of grain onto smaller canal boats or connecting railways. The Government Grain Terminal stands closest to Sugarloaf Harbour. It was constructed in 1908 to store wheat shipped from the Canadian prairies. In 1919, an explosion blew the top off the elevators, killing 10 workers, sinking a barge, and shattering windows throughout the community. The facility reopened in 1920 and continues to function as a major Great Lakes grain terminal. The old Maple Leaf Mills facility sits immediately adjacent to the canal. Completed in 1910, it was , at one time, the largest flour mill in the British Empire. The facility was substantially rebuilt in 1960 following an explosion and fire. Today the mill is operated by Archer Daniels Midland. These facilities, combined with the Robin Hood Mills operation on the Welland Canal near Ramey's Bend, make Port Colborne the flour milling capital of Canada.
  2. Abandoned concrete plant on Highway 47 near Concession 6.
  3. View from my backyard June 10, 2015 Stouffville, Onatario
  4. July 2, 2015 Washago, Ontario Fortunately for me, Train 2 is about 7 hours late, providing a rare opportunity to get a pretty decent shot as the 'Canadian' rolls out of the unmanned Washago Station and past the old coaling tower. This is the longest Train 2 that I have ever seen, with half a dozen domed observation cars, and another 20 or so serving a variety of functions. The coaling tower, on the former Grand Trunk line, was built by CNR in 1936.
  5. September 6, 2015 Near Pefferlaw, Ontario
  6. October 16, 2015 Near Pelham, Ontario
  7. CSL St-Laurent glides through the Welland Canal, under the Niagara Skyway.