North Bay Trains


I haven't found much in the way of history for this grand old workhorse. I have found out that it was built by the Canadian Locomotive Company, Kingston, Ontario in 1930. It was originally numbered 144 while serving the Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway but was renumbered 503 upon becoming part of the Ontario Northland Railway.

Pioneer Church


This church was originally non-denominational when it was constructed in 1880. Built on a lot donated by John Foreman, it was to be both a union meeting hall, and place of worship for the farmers and woodsmen in Bear Cave.

CFS Carp - Diefenbunker


In 1958, it was decided that a nuclear shelter to protect the seniors of the Canadian Government would be built. In addition, several other such shelters would be built around the country to aid in dealing with nuclear emergency and rebuilding. Construction of CFS Carp, the largest facility, began in 1959 in an abandoned gravel pit that was found to have an underground water spring.

Rockingham Church

Rockingham Church from the front.

When I arrived, I was immediately taken by the commanding position the church held atop a fairly high hill surrounded by grave markers. As I walked up the hill, I wondered how the town's older worshipers might have made it up.



Settlement here began as early as 1841, but it wasn’t until 1854 that the town, then known as Centerville, would be formally laid out. In 1865, the Post Office would open, changing the name to Centralia as it would be officially incorporated the following year.

Coal mining was the principal employer in the region until the 1960’s when many of the companies would begin going out of business.