Steam Train Sunday


In this image taken by a remotely-operated vehicle, the wheels of Locomotive 694 — with drive arm still attached — are seen about 235 feet beneath the surface of Lake Superior near Marathon, Ontario, last month. (Photo courtesy of Tom Crossmon)

Guided not just by the hands of operator Tom Crossmon, but also by the past efforts of an extended network of divers and the collective memory of a community, the remotely-operated vehicle descended into the depths of Lake Superior.

Dropping down a sheer rock cliff that plunges into the lake along a remote stretch of the northern Ontario shore, the underwater remote operating vehicle’s camera and lights searched for its quarry: A wreck not seen since it happened 106 years ago. A wreck that claimed three lives. A wreck unlike any other in the Great Lakes.

Within about an hour on July 22, about 235 feet beneath the surface amid a jumble of massive boulders, Crossmon and his companions found what they were looking for. There, visible on a video screen aboard their 24-foot boat, was the wreckage not of some long-lost schooner or ill-fated freighter, but rather a railroad locomotive. Locomotive 694, to be exact, which crashed into the lake from the cliffs above in a violent collision of metal and rock before sunrise on the morning of June 10, 1910.



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6 Responses to Steam Train Sunday

  1. Den says:

    694, a 4-6-0 locomotive considered powerful for the times finds itself in the largest freshwater lake in America, 235 feet down and joins all the rest of the wrecks, ships mostly, all nicely preserved by the freshwater and lack of oxygen at that depth.


  2. º¿carol says:

    I’m having trouble loading everything now. I clicked on your post’s link about Lake Superior and after a couple minuter, the page hasn’t even opened. 😦 This is my internet hell, and it’s forever. 😦

    At last, it opened.


  3. º¿carol says:

    I got the video loaded then watched it, and I read the article. I posted it on FB for Pete. He’s a train guy.


  4. º¿carol says:

    I did the mowing today, but didn’t finish the front because of rain. Just a quick one but everything, including me, got wet. I probably have 1/3 of the front left and will do it tomorrow.


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