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PostPosted: August 24th, 2014, 9:05 pm 
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Any suggestions on suitable spots for a Budd Car train flag stop for winter camping?

Some of the things we would be looking for are
-a silient wilderness
-lakes with suitable deadwood stands for firewood,
-ice fishing
-attractive but not arduous terrain/bush - maybe a chain of lakes
-for about five-day trip

We are experienced warm-tent campers, small party - four or less.

Any suggestions on locations, general or specific would be greatly appreciated.

Also, any tips on riding the Budd and taking gear on it would be helpful.

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Jack, Owen Sound, ON


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PostPosted: September 25th, 2014, 9:11 pm 
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Location -- part of the fun is choosing your own places. Look where lakes or marshes come close to the track, and get off there, far away from a snow-machine network. But first call the MNR in SSM and check to see if logging is happening. They'll give you the Cut-plan. It's no fun listening to skidders all day.

Train -- it leaves Sudbury on time most of the time, but is always at least somewhat late in the bush because it has low priority on the track. When you get on board in Sudbury mention that you need to talk to the engineer about your drop-off point. You'll go up front with your map and sort it out with him. (He has to translate from a map to "train-terms". His references are grades and crossings and sidings and track-miles.) You have to buy a ticket to the next stop on the line.
As for pick-up, it will come eventually. Put your brightly-coloured packs up by the track, light a campfire out of the wind nearby, and smoke your pipe. Wait for the whistle.

Gear -- they are not allowed to transport dangerous goods, ie gasoline. In truth they actually don't care much. But that precludes snow-machines and jerrycans. So, what happens is, people put jerrycans into green garbage bags inside packs, so the conductor can say he doesn't know it's there. (There is a little more lee-way if you get on farther north than Sudbury, like Chelmsford.)

It's a wonderful service. I wish more people would use it. Travelling past the Parks opens up vast amounts of territory.

Dave


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PostPosted: September 25th, 2014, 9:21 pm 
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As for locations, you could do a lot worse that the Biscotasing/Ramsey Lake/Houghton lake complex. There is likely to be snow-machine traffic on the main routes (a little -- not like cottage country), but there are a million places to divert.

If you go past Chapleau, towards Windermere, you won't have much daylight left. Better plan that first night as a rough camp under a tarp, but of course you can still set up the wood stove in the entryway to help you get going in the morning.

Dave


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PostPosted: September 26th, 2014, 7:43 am 
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Jack
Read the Wintercamping form here on CCR. The DF group have posted a huge amount of information.
The last I heard Via had a baggage fee for each toboggan.
Leave a few days extra just incase the Budd desides to take sick leave. :evil:
Any ? PM me.
Stay safe
OAF

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PostPosted: September 26th, 2014, 7:53 am 
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Just one thing, if you are looking for a "silent wilderness" you won't find it within about 10 km of a fairly busy railway. You can hear it for quite a distance under the right conditions.

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