Finally - An Update!

 That took a while, didn't it? I've posted a brief update to the Ontario Northland story over on my main website. Take a look: https://www.probonohistory.ca/2020/12/the-afterlife-of-book.html

Welcome to Call of the Northland

Welcome to the completely redesigned northland-book.net, the online home of Call of the Northland: Riding the train that nearly toppled a government. The book was released in September 2014 and chronicles the fabled Toronto-Cochrane Northlander train, which was abolished in 2012.

The book combines history, politics and the author's own journey aboard the train into a compelling account of why the train was a lifeline to so many people in northeastern Ontario.

Can the train survive in an increasingly Toronto-centric Ontario?


The latest book from author and historian Thomas Blampied. On sale now!

March 23, 2015

Press release. Click here.

September 29, 2014

After over two years of work, Call of the Northland goes on sale today.

September 25, 2014

Call of the Northland goes on sale Monday! Read the press release here.

August 30, 2014

After two-and-a-half years of research, writing, rewriting, editing, rewriting (you get the picture), I have signed off on the proof copy of Call of the Northland and I am delighted to announce that it will go on sale to the public on September 29, 2014! The book looks gorgeous and will appeal to anyone interested in the ONTC, railways, Ontario, history, politics or travel (and hopefully other tastes too). The book will be available to purchase online or through selected local retailers across Ontario. If you would like to sell Call of the Northland in your store, it isn't too late to order (you don't even have to be in Ontario). To get in touch, contact me.

March 20, 2014

March 20, 2014 Call of the Northland is officially announced! The book will be released in September 2014. Read the press release here.