Doug Payne
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My observations are there are plenty of pictures of places that are highly populated or frequented by tourists, but fewer of sparsely populated places like northern Ontario. Originally I started this project to post mainly northern Ontario pictures, but it has now grown to include pictures from many places in my travels.

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Hi Doug can you give me advice on how to get to the Pushkin Tower? Great picture BTW!

A good place to stay if you are in Coober Pedy, SA

It is not about knowing the answers, it is about knowing where to find them. On Google Earth, on the left side, under "Places" scroll down to "Southern Ontario Railway Map Alpha 6", check the box, and the old railways will all appear as a new overlay. For the most part it is accurate, sometimes it deviates from the tracks as seen on Google Earth. There are also lots of web sites you will find, when you search the name of the railway which you have just identified. There are two good books, "The Train doesnt Stop Here Anymore" and "In search of the Grand Trunk, Ghost Rail Lines in Ontario" both by Ron Brown. That gives you the broad start, the web can give the infinite details.

I have no interest in the flat lands west of Toronto. I will leave you all those railways to track down and post current pictures on Google Earth. The other things you find along the way are facinating. You will be forced off the main highways into places you would never otherwise go. Search for interesting houses, old barns, wineries, town halls, what ever else interests you. Churches have their date of construction posted in the corner stone, houses dont.

I am off to Schooner Lake about 30 km north of Plevna for the weekend, the prettiest spot in Ontario, pictures on Google Earth. On Monday and Tuesday I will be heading west tracking down more ghost railways then paddling the French River for a week or so. I expect to get some good fall colours and pictures.

I hope I have inspired you.



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