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For 110 years, the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission was the lifeline of northeastern Ontario. But on March 23, 2012, the Ontario Government announced that the Commission and its assets were to be split up and sold. The last chance to ride the train had come. 

Join author and historian Thomas Blampied as he travels from Toronto to Cochrane on board the fabled Northlander. Meet the people – and the train – who have call this untamed region of Canada home since 1902.

This insightful journey is accompanied by an extensive history, an in-depth look at how the train created the northern Ontario we know today and a detailed examination of the tangled web of political manoeuvering and secrecy triggered by the announcement of the sale. Can the train survive in an increasingly Toronto-centric Ontario?