PRRGuy wrote:About how far are North Bay, Parry Sound and Lively from Sudbury, are any of them closer to SSM? Also, do you know of any operating alco's in the area? Any Interesting stuff I should know about?
Sudbury, North Bay, and Parry Sound form an upside-down triangle of cities that are fairly close to each other by northern Ontario standards. They are within about a 1½-2 hour drive from each other (Sudbury and North Bay being the closest) and would make a pleasant day trip. Parry Sound is a nice place to visit with an impressive bridge on the CPR line. Lively, however, is the only location that is between the Soo
and Sudbury being just west of Sudbury.
I don't know of any operating ALCOs in the area. The shortline/regionals there (Ontario Northland, Huron Central, Ottawa Valley) are all GM and INCO (in Sudbury) recently converted from GE Electrics to EMD GPs but also have some old GE diesel switchers. Algoma Steel (Sault Ste-Marie) is mostly GE with some EMD. Falconbridge Nickel (north of Sudbury) may have one or two ALCOs.
While I agree with Mike that North Bay is a much nicer place to stay I have no complaint with Sudbury. If you do spend some time in Sudbury I would recommend the Quality Inn (formerly Howard Johnson's) on Elgin St. as, from a northern facing room, you can get a good view of both the CPR and Huron Central yards.