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Stations Along The Irondale, Bancroft & Ottawa
Station Notes
0.0 50.9 Myles/Kendricks
/Howland Jct
Junction with Victoria Railway. Turntable
3.0 . Conways (f) .
4.9 46.0 Furnance Falls .
9.2 41.7 Irondale .
11.3 . Maxwells (f) .
16.9 34.0 Gooderham .
24.6 26.3 Tory Hill .
27.5 . Ward (f) .
30.1 20.8 Wilberforce .
33.5 . Ironsides .
34.9 16.0 Harcourt/
38.9 12.0 Highland Grove .
45.0 5.9 Baptiste Shops and Turntable.
46.5 4.4 Hughes (f) ..
50.9 0.0 York River Junction with Central Ontario Railway
 (f) = Flagstop
The date is 15 August 1953 and the passenger train has arrived at Howland Jct from Bancroft.  On the left is the track to Haliburton.  Chad Stoughton is unloading the baggage car.  Mrs. Irene (J. M.) Howland is standing by the station.  The first station was a two-storey structure with waiting room and freight room on the first floor and living space on the second floor.  This structure burnt in 1917 and was replaced by the station you see above. 

IB&O 4-4-0 #2 with shiny new paint stands at the station at Wilberforce, July 1895.  The loco has been recently delivered new from the Kingston Locomotive Company. 

 Here's another view of Wilberforce station only several years later.  IB&O #3 is on the head end of this mixed train.

Baptiste, on Baptiste Lake, is located about 15 miles north and west of Bancroft.  For many years, Baptiste was the end of line for the IB&O.  It was at Baptiste that the IB&O maintained its repair shops. In the photo below, L.B. Howland and his son, Milton sitting on a motorized railcar at the IB&O roundhouse at Baptiste, 1905.  What kind of modern vehicle was this?

The IB&O traversed very rough country that, for the moment, was very rich in timber.  Typical of this type of industry was this scene at Harcourt.  IB&O 4-4-0 #3 is switching some boxcars into Harcourt Lumber circa 1897. 

A more recent scene is this 1959 view of Martin Bros Lumber at Baptiste Lake.  What looks like a road in the foreground is actually the IB&O main line with a siding coming in from the right to service the mill.  There may have been more sidings in the complex but that's a mystery I have to solve in my historical railway research. 
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