Kormak, Ontario


Canadian Pacific Railway mile marker 107.3 is the location of the railway crossing in Kormak, Ontario. The main use of the road on the north side of the crossing was to access logging areas by employees and subcontractors of Kormak Lumber Company. The crossing also permitted residents to travel from one side of town to the other as Kormak was built on both sides of the railway line.

As the railway crossing was unmarked, extreme care was required to cross the railway line as most trains would ‘rumble’ through Kormak at speeds reaching 60 mph (or approximately 100 kph), the only exceptions being the Budd Car, the Canadian (on special request) and a local freight that would pick up and drop off ‘car’s for the local mills. Accidents did occur at this crossing.

Included on this web page is a grade 12 report for an Economics class by Leo Piilonen. He was attending Chapleau High School at the time. The report has not been modified with the exception of photographs that were relocated onto their own page.

Also included is a newspaper article by Bob Vaillancourt that appeared in the Sudbury Star on September 10, 1981.

Kormak is located at:

Latitude:   47º 37’ 56.3” ( 47.632306º) north

Longitude: -82º 58’ 27.2" (-82.974222º) west

and can be viewed here (opens a new window).

Additional information for Kormak can be found at Wikipedia and Ontario Ghost Towns.

Canadian pacific railway Mile marker 107.3

Photo Left: The mileage marker at the railway crossing as of August 2010.

Photo Top Right: The crossing as it was in the 1970’s. The photographs below it show the crossing as of August 2010.