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Facilities and Structures

BX Tower

During the Canada Southern Railway’s early years, switches were placed along the rail line and operated manually from small huts. This method soon proved dangerous for the growing railway industry in St. Thomas. On July 15, 1887, the worst railway accident in the history of St. Thomas occurred. A northbound London & Port Stanley Railway […]

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Transformation of the Michigan Central Roundhouse London

The Michigan Central Roundhouse, built in 1887, as part of the Michigan Central repair facilities, has been brought back to life as the headquarters for two digital companies, Ellipsis Digital and Engine SevenFour. The roundhouse was part of a complex of three railroad buildings, and was designed by architect Samuel Peters. It was in use […]

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Bloomingdale Trail

The Chicago and Pacific Railroad Company laid tracks for Bloomingdale Line in 1873 on Bloomingdale Avenue on the northwest side of Chicago.[1] As the population of the city grew the rails became a danger to residents. In 1893, the city mandated that all tracks be elevated to reduce accidents. Passenger and freight service continued to […]

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Hot Metal Bridge

The 1174 foot long truss bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania crosses the Monongahela River and consists of two parallel spans on a single set of piers.[1]   The Monongahela Connecting Railroad Bridge (MCR Bridge), built in 1887, and the Hot Metal Bridge, built in 1900, are separate spans but often go by one name: the Hot […]

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Reading Viaduct and City Branch Tunnel

Built and owned by the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, the Reading Viaduct and City Branch Tunnel were constructed in order to remove street level crossings. [1] Both rails carried trains into the centre of the city. The viaduct carried passenger trains while the tunnel carried freight. Together, the 3.5 mile-long rails traverse 55 city blocks.[2] […]

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The High Line

In 1847, New York City authorized street level rails to be installed and used to ship freight in Manhattan’s lower west side. With the number of accidents between trains and other traffic rising with the population, the city decided something needed to be done. In 1929, the tracks were elevated as part of the west […]

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John Street Roundhouse

The John Street Roundhouse in Toronto, built between 1929 and 1931 by Canadian Pacific, for over 30 years serviced steam locomotives. It was designed by CP’s Chief Engineer J.M.R. Fairbairn and built by Anglin-Norcross Ltd. of Montreal. Following the retirement of steam locomotives in 1960, the roundhouse continued to service CP and Via Rail diesel-electric […]

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Glencoe Station Restoration

The Glencoe Grand Trunk Station closed on October 31, 1993 after 139 years of service. There were concerns dating back to 1978 that the building might be demolished. The Glencoe Historical Society had just formed that year and immediately addressed the issue of the future of the station. Between 1978 and 1993 there were several […]

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The St. Clair Tunnel

The St. Clair Tunnel, linking Sarnia Ontario to Port Huron Michigan, was the world’s first international rail tunnel, as well as the first railway tunnel built under a river in North America. The tunnel is over six thousand feet long, with more than 2300 feet lying under the St. Clair River. The tube is slightly […]

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Banff Springs Hotel

Banff Springs Hotel is a world-renowned luxury resort hotel set in wilderness of Banff National Park, Alberta. The hotel was founded by William Cornelius Van Horne in 1887, as part of a series of magnificent resorts built by Canadian Pacific Railway to promote tourism in the Canadian Rockies. It cost $250,000 – an astronomical amount […]

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