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Communities, Business, Government Organizations

Komoka Railway Museum

The Komoka Railway Museum was incorporated in 1980 to provide displays, restoration and storage of artefacts as they relate to the history and development of the area around Komoka, with particular emphasis on the influence of the railroads. To accomplish this, the Museum acquired the former CN rail station at Komoka in 1978 and moved […]

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Stratford as a Railway Centre

It was the railway that made Stratford. Two lines — The Buffalo, Brantford and Goderich (later the Buffalo and Lake Huron) Railway and the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) — arrived in Stratford in 1856, the beginning of its history as a railway hub. Engineers, brakemen and conductors began to relocate to Stratford. Thirteen years later […]

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Railway Stations Protection Act

The Act is a federal Act of Parliament that is designed to protect railway stations. The stations must be owned by a railway under federal charter and be over 50 years old. The bill was enacted in 1988 in response to the threat of many stations with demolition. Following the Second World War, passenger ridership […]

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Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico

The Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacífico – also known as the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway, has operated over 418 miles (673 kilometers) of track since the railway’s final completion in 1961. The completion of the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico achieved a longstanding objective of the Mexican people – linking the city of Chihuahua to the port of Topolobampo, […]

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Town of Halton Hills

The Town of Halton Hills has a number railway related structures that date back to the mid 1850s and remarkably most of them are still in use. These structures were constructed under the direction of Colonel Sir Casimir Gzowski who was knighted by Queen Victoria and served briefly as the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. He […]

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Intercolonial Railway

The Intercolonial was an historic Canadian railway that operated from 1872 to 1918. It predated the Canadian Pacific Railway by nine years and in a sense was Canada’s first national railway. It was the first significant Crown corporation, and served as one of the technological means of connecting Britain’s North American colonies of Nova Scotia […]

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The American Radiator Company

In 1892, industrialist John Pierce convinced several independent manufacturers to join his business, the Pierce Steam Heating Company, to form the American Radiator Company. Eager to prove its worth, the newly formed company worked hard to attract the attention of large and expanding corporations requiring new heating systems for their buildings. With its annual publication, […]

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The Re-Purposing of the Sarnia Bridge

The re-purposed Sarnia Bridge railway viaduct, once part of the historic Grand Trunk Railway is now the centrepiece of the newly developed Grand Trunk Trail. In 1858, the Grand Trunk Railway reached the small village of St. Marys from Toronto, transforming the sleepy southwestern Ontario town to a bustling centre. From St. Marys, the line […]

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The Restoration of the 6167 (City of Guelph)

Steam locomotive 6167, built in 1940. It was rebuilt after a disastrous collision in 1942 with sister 6166 in Quebec. Engine No. 6167 served in Eastern Canada during WWII hauling material and troops. She was retired at the end of steam in 1959 and eventually chosen to head a steam tourist program in 1960, making […]

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Railway Hospital Association

The first mention we have of the existence of the “Railway Hospital” is in 1884. This early institution was apparently conducted by the Railroad YMCA and was located at 574 Talbot Street on the second floor of the Acacia Block. This was the first cooperative medi-care operation in St. Thomas. It was formed by employees […]

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