News Cochrane to North Bay passenger train was just a test, not the real thing SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Thursday, Mar. 11th, 2021 This is only a test. A passenger train was on a testing exercise between Cochrane and North Bay on Wednesday. (Ontario Northland Transportation Commission) You weren’t seeing things on Wednesday, when you saw what looked like a passenger train on railroad tracks. Ontario Northland staged a test run between Cochrane and North Bay. Company spokesperson Renée Baker stresses it was only a testing exercise. It was meant to collect and validate data on safety and infrastructure in case passenger service does return to the Highway 11 corridor between Cochrane and Toronto.